29th September 2023 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong is eagerly anticipating a breathtaking fireworks extravaganza as part of the upcoming National Day celebrations on 1st October, 2023. Coordinated by the Culture, Sports, and Tourism Bureau and sponsored by HKT and FWD Insurance, the “HKT x FWD 2023 National Day Fireworks Display” promises to be a mesmerising spectacle for the city’s residents and visitors alike. With eight captivating scenes set to light up the night sky over Victoria Harbour, this eagerly awaited pyrotechnic show is expected to leave spectators in awe.
Prepare to be amazed as a total of 31,888 firing shells ignite the sky in a remarkable 23-minute showcase. The fireworks will unfold in eight captivating scenes, each conveying a unique message. From the vibrant “Together on National Day with Jubilant Fireworks” featuring red hearts and peonies, to the cheerful “Hello Hong Kong, Happy Hong Kong” showcasing smiling faces and the bauhinia, and the powerful “Rooted in China, Advancing as One” with red five-pointed stars and vibrant color combinations, the display promises awe-inspiring visuals. The grand finale, “Prospering Nation, Blessings for Hong Kong,” will dazzle spectators with crown and palm brocade-shaped fireworks, alternating between red and sparkling bursts, symbolising the prosperity of the nation and blessings for Hong Kong.
To enhance the overall audiovisual experience for onlookers, Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4 (FM 97.6 to 98.9) will simulcast synchronised background music that perfectly complements the spectacular fireworks showcase. This stunning display can be enjoyed from various vantage points, including Tsim Sha Tsui, the Mid-levels, Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, and the Hung Hom Bypass.
The theme of the fireworks display revolves around unity, prosperity, and the vibrant spirit of Hong Kong. Each scene is carefully choreographed to convey a unique message, symbolising the city’s past, present, and future aspirations. Let’s take a closer look at the eight scenes that will illuminate the night and ignite a sense of wonder among the audience.
Scene 1: Together on National Day with Jubilant Fireworks
The fireworks display kicks off with a burst of vibrant colours and shapes, signifying joy and unity. The scene features “red hearts” that symbolise celebration and togetherness. Accompanied by the uplifting melody of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra’s “You are the Best in the World,” this scene aims to inspire a sense of collective pride and happiness among the spectators.
Scene 2: Hello Hong Kong, Happy Hong Kong
In this scene, the sky above Victoria Harbour will come alive with the magnificent sight of “Bauhinia x blakeana” blooming amidst a sea of fireworks. This iconic flower represents Hong Kong’s identity and bright hopes for the future. It also resonates with the “Night Vibes Hong Kong” campaign, inviting residents and tourists to experience the joy of a vibrant city. The scene is accompanied by the upbeat tune “Forward” performed by a constellation of stars.
Scene 3: Full Efforts, Shared Success
As National Day coincides with the Hangzhou Asian Games, this scene pays tribute to athletes and their relentless pursuit of excellence. The fireworks create a dazzling display of “red shimmers” that embody the athletes’ determination and sparkle on the field. The golden, silver, and orange fireworks resembling medals inspire athletes to strive for success on behalf of their country and Hong Kong. The melodies of “Together with Love” by Sun Nan and “Imagine” by John Lennon further amplify the spirit of unity and achievement.
Scene 4: Collective Progress through Global Harmony
This scene represents Hong Kong as a global city with boundless imagination and creativity. Vibrant, colorful rings of fireworks encourage people to look beyond borders and work together for the advancement of humanity and global harmony. The scene is set to Bruno Mars’ “Count on Me,” creating a lively and energetic atmosphere.
Scene 5: Bold Dreams for a Splendid Life
In a Hong Kong premiere, the fifth scene introduces a multi-coloured hydrangea, which bursts into rings, spirals, crowns, and other intricate designs after its initial launch. This mesmerizing display aims to inspire spectators to dream big and boldly pursue their aspirations. The scene serves as a reminder that with determination and courage, one can create a splendid life. The accompanying music perfectly complements the scene’s enchanting ambiance.
Scene 6: Rooted in China, Advancing as One
Highlighting the diversity and unity of Chinese civilization, the sixth scene showcases “red five-pointed stars” intertwined with bursts of colorful fireworks. This symbolizes the unification of the Chinese people, transcending geographical boundaries. The captivating display, accompanied by the song “Chinese” performed by Andy Lau, represents Hong Kong’s deep connection to its Chinese roots.
Scene 7: Innovating with Boundless Potential
Hong Kong’s status as a technologically advanced city takes center stage in this scene. The fireworks illustrate the city’s embrace of innovation and its leading role in 5G technology. The ever-changing and dynamic “roaming fireworks” symbolize the limitless potential of telecommunications and its impact on the lives of Hong Kong’s residents. Kelly Chen’s “Flower Universe” provides a fitting soundtrack to this scene of boundless possibilities.
Scene 8: Prospering Nation, Blessings for Hong Kong
The grand finale of the fireworks display is a culmination of all the preceding scenes. The powerful Yellow River Concerto performed by the China Philharmonic Orchestra accompanies the dazzling display of fireworks. As “crown” and “palm brocades” light up the sky, Victoria Harbour becomes a symbol of prosperity and blessings for both the nation and Hong Kong. This scene represents the city’s continuous growth and its commitment to reaching new heights.
The “HKT x FWD 2023 National Day Fireworks Display” promises to be a visual feast, captivating spectators with its stunning pyrotechnics and synchronised music. With each scene carrying a profound message and reflecting the spirit of Hong Kong, this event will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on all who witness it. As the city celebrates the 74th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, these fireworks will serve as a reminder of Hong Kong’s vibrant culture, unity, and unwavering spirit. So mark your calendars and prepare to be dazzled as the skies above Victoria Harbour come alive in a breathtaking display of light, colour, and celebration on 1st October, 2023.