Hong Kong people can look forward to three fun-filled days in early August when the city will host an e-sports and music festival that will feature various attractions.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) said on Monday that it will organize a special event during August 4-6 as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the city’s return to China.
The event, to be held at the new Central harbourfront, will include, among other things, an online video gaming world competition and live music performances by popular groups from South Korea.
The festival will be the first of its kind in the city, officials said, adding they expect the participation of as many as 60,000 locals and foreigners.
Apart from e-sports and music, visitors to the venue will get a chance to enjoy different types of gourmet food, according to HKTB chairman Peter Lam.
For the e-sports tournament, 20 top players of the online game “League of Legends”, which is being played by more than 100 million people all over the world, including Hong Kong, will compete with each other for the world champion title.
The players will come from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, China, Europe and North America, Sing Tao Daily quoted Lam as saying.
Kurtis Lau Wai-kin, a former world champion commonly known by his in-game name Toyz, will be among the contestants.
The preliminary round is set for Aug. 4 and the final will be held two days later.
A total of 18,000 spectators are expected to pay for entrance tickets priced between HK$150 and HK$480. They will have the chance to try their hand at playing some of the latest online games.
According to HKTB executive director Anthony Lau Chun-hon, the gaming competition will be broadcast live online in six languages in addition to Cantonese.
As for the concert, which is named “SMTown Special Stage in Hong Kong”, it will be held on Aug. 5.
Famous K-pop groups, known as SM Town artists as they are from South Korean entertainment company S.M. Entertainment, will give live performances.
The performers will include Super Junior, Exo, SHINee, among several others, all of who are highly popular with young Hongkongers, Ming Pao Daily reports.
The concert tickets, which will be priced in the range of HK$1,380 to HK$1,880, will go on sale from next Monday.
Hung Chung-hing, a general manager for events and product development at HKTB, revealed that the government has offered HK$35 million as financial support for the planning stage of the festival, although the total budget has not been finalized yet.
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