Another day, another cancelled event... As anti-government protests in Hong Kong shows no sign of relenting, a number of upcoming public events, ranging from musicals to tattoo conventions, have been cancelled or postponed. Here’s a short list of the ones you might want to know about:
1. Hong Kong Tattoo Convention
In order to avoid any possible inconveniences to participating artists and visitors, Asia’s largest and most important tattoo convention has decided to reschedule its 7th Hong Kong China International Tattoo Convention from November 2019 to August or September 2020.
2. Matilda the Musical
The organisers behind the award-winning musical Matilda recently announced that they'll be postponing a planned month-long run of the show from September 20 to October 20. The CEO of Lunchbox Productions – the organising company – stated that the past months of civil unrest in the city have decimated ticket sales. Moreover, it was a risk to bring a large number of young children from their company to Hong Kong in these unstable conditions. Refund procedures are coming soon, but for further enquiries, you can contact email@example.com.
3. Nana Mizuki live in Hong Kong
Voice actress and singer Nana Mizuki has cancelled her solo concert in Hong Kong, which was originally scheduled for October 26. An official statement posted on Mizuki's official website explained that concerns about access to the venue, as well as other possible unforeseen events happening were reasons for the cancellation. As for refund details, those who purchased tickets with a credit card will have the money automatically returned within 45 business days, while those who purchased with cash can click here for instructions on how to get a refund.
4. Hong Kong Tennis Open
The 2019 Hong Kong Tennis Open, which was set to go ahead between October 5 to 13, has been postponed after organisers claimed they were unable to guarantee a smooth running of the tournament at this time. A brief statement from the HKTO explained that in light of Hong Kong's current situation and discussions with key stakeholders, the tournament is postponed until they can find a better time to hold the event.
Luxury brand Chanel’s cruise runway show, which was supposed to take place in Hong Kong on November 6, has been postponed due to anti-government protests. The brand has been keeping an eye on Hong Kong's social climate for weeks and recently confirmed its decision to postpone the show, stating that they would wait for a later and more appropriate moment.
6. National Day fireworks
Hong Kong's government recently announced that this year's National Day fireworks display in Victoria Harbour has been cancelled for public safety concerns. This cancellation comes despite cities in mainland China gearing up for large scale parades and celebrations to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.