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Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival

Make magical holiday memories in Hong Kong this winter with a new spectacle of light, music and entertainment. This year, the iconic Victoria Harbour skyline will be even more atmospheric with the enchanting winter edition of A Symphony of Lights multimedia light and sound show and light-art pieces from local and overseas artists. You can also experience the holiday spirit at the Statue Square Christmas Tree and under the harbour-side Christmas lighting decorations. Across the city, enjoy holiday cheer at key attractions, seasonal events and themed tours. And conclude your winter holiday magic with a spectacular fireworks show at the Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations.

 Info
Date:
29 November 2018 to 24 February 2019

A Symphony of Lights has dazzled Victoria Harbour since 2004 and is recognized as one of the world’s most spectacular light shows. This year, the harbour will be illuminated by an enhanced winter edition of the multimedia show. Expect to see even more colour with additional ambient lighting effects and pyrotechnic effects from some of the building rooftops on specific nights. Don’t miss this dazzling experience!

 Info
Dates:
29 November 2018 – 1 January 2019
Time:
8pm nightly (about 10 minutes)
Pyrotechnic effects on:
29 November and 1, 8, 12, 15, 22 and 29 December 2018
Website:
www.tourism.gov.hk

Vantage points:

Harbour-front areas near Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui and Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai as well as from a cruise tour on the harbour.

 How to get there
  • Hong Kong Cultural Centre–MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit L6, five-minute walk
  • Golden Bauhinia Square–MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit 5A, 15-minute walk

Enjoy Hong Kong’s display of selected light art pieces by artists from Hong Kong and overseas, including Belgium, France, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Singapore and the USA. Many of the inspiring and fascinating installations are interactive and invite viewers to participate, from revealing your inner beauty with ‘Angels of Freedom’ and witnessing the dialogue of ‘Talking Heads’, to walking through the arches of ‘Bat and Coin’. Also, don’t miss the 25-metre-tall ‘XTree’, which uses lighting and sound to suggest a new, innovative and environmentally-friendly way to preserve the tradition of Christmas trees. Overall, the exhibition makes the beautiful harbour front even more atmospheric and photogenic and a perfect place to linger and enjoy the city’s festive ambience.

Light Art Installations

Check out the light art that will be displaying at the exhibition!

40 Hexaedron (Pierre Ranzini, France)
40 Hexaedron

Forty Plexiglas cubes compose a visual and acoustical symphony. As you watch this moving work, you will be impressed by the permutations of time and space, as well as by the varied aspects of multimedia art.

Size
Each cube is 1m by 1m

Angels of Freedom (OGE CreativeGroup, Israel)
Angels of Freedom

‘Angels of Freedom’ is a beautiful social and interactive light art installation that reveals the inner beauty of everyone by turning them visually into angels. A stark reminder that every individual counts, is amazing and in need of love and care.

Size
5.8m (L) x 4.5m (W) x 3.4m (H)

Bands of Friendship (Vikas Patil and Santosh Gujar, India)
Bands of Friendship

‘Bands of Friendship’ symbolises endless friendship and has been positioned in such a way that when the spectator looks at the pieces from different angles there will be different meanings from every perspective. The nine rings constantly change their colour scheme. The colours are inspired by Indian colour schematics.

Size
8m (L) x 1m (W) x 1.5m (H)

Bat and Coin (Daydreamers Design, Hong Kong)
Bat and Coin

The distinctive neon signs of pawn shops are prominent fixtures in the vibrant and colourful nightscapes of Hong Kong. The design of this piece is based on the Chinese bat and coin talisman, which is the inspiration for Hong Kong pawn shop neon signs. The Chinese pronunciation of bat sounds like ‘happiness’ and coins represent profit; together, they represent prosperity.

Inspired by the distinctive designs of these signs, ’Bat and Coin‘ uses the concept of figure and ground to outline and form a journey through arches – an infinite tunnel that creates a sense of Hong Kong at night. Visitors walking between the arches feel the radiance of Hong Kong’s streets.

Size
10.5m (L) x 1.7m (W) x 2.4m (H)

Brocken 6A (Yasuhiro Chida, Japan)
Brocken 6A

‘Brocken 6 A’ was inspired by a natural light phenomenon: the mysterious Brocken spectre. The ‘ghost’ consists of a shadow of a person that has been projected on a cloud of fog and surrounded by a luminous wreath in rainbow colours. The phenomenon occurs when the sun is positioned directly behind the person, thereby breaking and scattering the light rays.

Size
4.5m (L) x 4.5m (W) x 4.5m (H)

C/C (Angela Chong, Singapore)
C/C

The artist, wanted to use the property of a material and create a sculpture which functions as a seat for the public. As clear changes to colours, the visual effects switch from having a dynamic shadow play in the day, to a colourful light show in the night. The seat consists of thick acrylic sheets of 15mm, each held together at three points by stainless steel bolts and nuts for safety and stability. It won a bronze award in A' Design Award in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category 2017-2018.

Size
2.5m diameter x 1m (H)

Flowering Phantasm (Clay Dorse Odom, USA)
Flowering Phantasm

A phantasm is an appearance or illusion, an organism that only exists in our mind. ‘Flowering Phantasm’ is a hybrid creature that is hard to pin down but at the same time has a familiarity to it. It can be a flower, a flesh eating plant or a beast. It is all these things. Yet it is not limited to anything specific.

This digital, interactive artwork contains over 400 anodized gold pneumatic ‘petals’ programmed with modelling software and covered with over 900 metres of LED fibre ’hairs’. More than 40 individual LED light sources, controlled with an internal computer, illuminate the object from the interior.

Size
3m (L) x 2m (W) x 2m (H)

Holon Light (Michiel Martens & Jetske Visser, The Netherlands)
Holon Light

In science, a holon is something that is simultaneously a whole and a part. This sounds like a brainteaser, but it occurs much more frequently than one would imagine. Think for example of the cells that together make up a human body; or of atoms that exist on their own, but also make up a molecule.

Size
5m (L) x 8m (W) x 1m (H)

Lightbattle X (VENIVIDIMULTIPLEX, The Netherlands)
Lightbattle X

‘Lightbattle X’ is formed of two crossing arches that are made of thousands of LED lights, and spans over a square or pathway. On each of the four sides a bicycle challenges the visitor to step on and take part in the Lightbattle. By pushing the pedals, contestants will push their own beam of light to the middle as fast as possible to defeat their competitors.

Size
14m (L) x 14m (W) x 4m (H)

LightPiano (Kleurbleur, The Netherlands)
LightPiano

‘LightPiano’ was inspired by the question ’how can music and image become one?’ It is both an artwork and an instrument. The cubes placed in this spatial composition are connected to the keys of the piano. By playing the piano, music and light are created simultaneously and the sound of the piano is being visualised. This artwork not only allows the audience to play the piano but also to play the light. The result is a special kind of instrument that resonates with ears, eyes and heart. Don't hesitate – play!

Size
Site specific

Lost City (Vaan Ip, Hong Kong)
Lost City

The artist expresses his inspiration for this artwork as follows: The creation of architecture is an image of a city. We live this city, which is fast and full of complexity; we work hard each day to earn a living. The road in front of us is hard and our eyes are misty. We just survive in a numb way. People unwittingly lose motivation to find meaning in life. Everyone has got a dream. Let us get away from the busy crowded cities; through the sky, there is hint of a gap; it pries into our forgotten dream. “Do not let the architecture cover the sky; Do not let life bury our dreams.”

Size
2m (L) x 2m (W) x 2.3m (H)

Never Ends (Luigi Console & Valentina Novembre, Italy)
Never Ends

‘Never Ends’ is an interactive installation whose principal actor is a horse on a spring. The installation is composed of a platform of about four meters in diameter at the centre of which is a single illuminated horse, standing alone, waiting for a rider. The horse is blue and white, similar to those found in playgrounds everywhere and is capable of supporting the weight of an adult.

And when you start to ride it, something magical happens — everything changes and the lights on the platform spring into action, creating a fairy tale setting for horse and rider as they swing into the night. When the rider dismounts the lights go out and the horse stands and waits once more.

This work invites us to rediscover the pleasure of play and the beauty of being a child; it taps into a sense of continuous discovery that never ends.

Size
4m (L) x 4m (W) x 1m (H)

Our House (Tom Dekyvere, Belgium)
Our House

‘Our House’ stands for togetherness, happiness, and joyfulness, but also for danger, friction and tension. The ‘(dis)connections’ made between people can be displayed as a web. The work mirrors this web idea, as hundreds of meters of light emitting rope will be tied together to form a network. This network is the reflection of our current society, which merges with nature and in which people express themselves.

Size
Site specific

Rotifers (Nicole Banowetz, USA)
Rotifers

Did you know that rotifers leave parts of their DNA on earth to pass on to future generations? ‘Rotifers’ gives a microscopic view on the circle of life of rotifers. In a way, the blow up artwork represents the circle of life of nature in general as well. The DNA as an information carrier also functions as a beautiful analogy, especially in our contemporary society where access to information is more ubiquitous than ever. The rotifers are programmed to show different dynamic colour patterns.

Size
Adjustable to circumstances

Talking Heads (Viktor Vicsek, Hungary)
Talking Heads

The two spectacular heads created by the Hungarian light artist Viktor Vicsek show countless emotions and react to each other. Unlike people, these ‘talking heads’ don’t express themselves by means of muscles, but through all the possibilities of light. There are some 4,000 individually controllable LEDs providing different facial expressions in various colours in each head.

Size
2.7m (L) x 3.5m (W) x 4.5m (H)

Tapping (IOIO Creative, Hong Kong)
Tapping

‘Tapping’ is a wind instrument, which brings spectators to a state of tranquillity through organically morphing soundscape and sculpture.

Technically, the instrument is activated by wind, which triggers the sound generators. The data collected by the accelerometer alters various sonic parameters on that particular node. The bending movement of each speaker creates an audio phasing effect, while the unsounded nodes give additional dynamics by hitting one another.

Size
1.8m (L) x 1.8m(W) x 2.5m (H)

Urbanscape (430 LTD, Hong Kong)
Urbanscape

Bamboo scaffolding is Hong Kong’s most unique streetscape. A highly versatile traditional method for temporary construction support, bamboo scaffolding is constructed by workers using bamboo rods over days and nights, seemingly in an endless cycle. Indeed, bamboo scaffolding exemplifies the development of Hong Kong society.

This installation is comprised of LED light pipes and black metal rods assembled to resemble the bamboo scaffolding seen on Hong Kong’s streets. Through the interaction of the lighting program and original soundtrack, viewers can walk through for a vivid and varied experience.

Size
7m (L) x 6m(W) x 3.5m (H)

XTree (1024 Architecture, France)
XTree

‘XTree’ is a 25-metre steel-ribbed art installation that replaces the traditional Christmas trees, which are made by cutting down pine trees that may have been growing for years. It was created by 1024 Architect and produced by POE. During night-time exhibitions, every twenty minutes, the installation will perform a show that perfectly integrates lighting and sound effects. ‘XTree’ conveys a new reflection on the relationship between environmental protection concepts and the fashions of celebrations.

Height
25m

 Info
Dates:
29 November 2018 to 24 February 2019
Illumination time of installations:
29 November 2018 7:45pm to 11pm
30 November 2018 to 24 February 2019 5pm to 11pm (except 24 and 31 December 2018)
24 and 31 December 2018 5pm to 1am
Venue:
Central Harbourfront
Admission:
Free
 How to get there
  • From MTR Admiralty Station, Exit A, 10-minute walk
  • From MTR Central Station, Exit A or MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit A2, 20-minute walk

This winter, a dazzling Christmas tree, presented by Bank of Communications, will spread the joy of the season from the heart of the city in Statue Square. Drop by and soak up the festive ambience amidst a forest of glittering skyscrapers!

 Info
Date:
29 November 2018 – 1 January 2019
Illumination Time:
29 November 2018 7:45pm to 11pm
30 November 2018 to 1 January 2019 5pm to 11pm (except 24 and 31 December 2018)
24 and 31 December 2018 5pm to 1am
Venue:
North Statue Square, Central, Hong Kong Island
(Adjacent to Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong)
Admission:
Free

A party atmosphere will take over the entire city on New Year’s Eve. Join the throngs of cheering revellers as a pyromusical lights up the skies against the iconic Hong Kong skyline to welcome the new year. See details here.

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Date:
31 December 2018
Shooting stars:
11pm, 11:15pm, 11:30pm and 11:45pm
Musical fireworks:
Midnight
Venue:
Victoria Harbour
Admission:
Free

Vantage points:

  • Along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Open Piazza and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
  • The Central Harbourfront area, including Central Piers 9 & 10
  • Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai

Check out these exciting happenings throughout the festive season!

Attractions

 

Hot Seasonal Events

 

Shopping malls

Experience the different sides of Hong Kong with a guided tour.

Good Evening Kowloon

Good Evening Kowloon

Hong Kong is a city that never sleeps, and its vibrant nightlife is a medley of dynamic experiences. This three-hour evening walk in the lively areas of Yau Ma Tei and Jordan will give visitors a taste of local entertainment and delicacies as well as a glimpse into Chinese culture and Hong Kong society.

 

Itinerary: Visit a heritage red-brick building on Shanghai Street and the classic Yau Ma Tei Cinema, explore Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market, be entertained in a singing parlour in Temple Street, dine at a local restaurant and stroll around Temple Street Night Market.
Language: English only
Departure: Tuesday and Saturday at 7pm at MTR Yau Ma Tei Station
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Price: HK$650 per person
Booking & Enquiry: Tel: +852 5511 4839
Email: info@walkin.hk
Online booking: http://walkin.hk/tours/good-evening-kowloon/
Organised by: Walk in Hong Kong Ltd
Remarks: 10% discount from 15 November 2018 to 31 December 2018 for 2018 Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival special.
Dawn on the Horizon: Tai Mo Shan Sunrise Hike

Dawn on the Horizon: Tai Mo Shan Sunrise Hike

Observe the dramatic change from night to day from Hong Kong’s highest peak. This pre-dawn hike to Tai Mo Shan is an ideal way to see the morning light gently unfolding over skyscrapers. Take in the dizzying city lights as you move all the way to the top and see the awe-inspiring faces of Hong Kong. Tour ends at Chuen Lung Village where you can enjoy a dim sum breakfast.

 

Itinerary: Hike from 710 metres above sea level to the top of Hong Kong's highest mountain, Tai Mo Shan, at 957 metres, where you will watch the sunrise. Then, head to Chuen Lung Village for traditional dim sum.
Language: English, Mandarin and Cantonese
Departure: 3:30am, daily at guests’ hotel(s) (subject to confirmation)
Duration: Approximately 6 hours
Price: HK$580 per person
Booking & Enquiry: Tel: +852 3759 7081 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
Email: tour@hstvl.com
Online booking: http://www.tour3g.com/index.php
Organised by: HS Travel International Company Limited
Remarks:
  • Black out dates on 24, 25, 26 and 31 December
  • Departure time is subject to the time of sunrise.
  • Please contact the travel agency for details.
  • 10% discount from 15 November 2018 to 30 December 2018 for 2018 Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival special.

Night Tour

Hong Kong at night is a glittering, shimmering galaxy of lights – and that’s just on a normal day. When the holiday season comes along, the city really gets dressed up! This year’s seasonal get-up includes colourful illuminations decorating buildings along major thoroughfares and around the harbour. Hop on a night-time open-top bus tour or an evening harbour cruise to take in all the sparkles!