Psy, in laser form, will welcome in New Year

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 February, 2013, 4:09am

A laser rendition of South Korean rapper Psy, dancing to fireworks set to the beats of his hit song Gangnam Style, will welcome the Year of the Snake at the Lunar New Year fireworks display on February 11.

"The horse-riding dance symbolises Hong Kong's unchanged spirit," said the fireworks' organisers making reference to Deng Xiaoping's famous promise to the city that "horses will keep racing and nightclub dancing will continue" in post-handover Hong Kong.

"We wanted to do something different this year … so we spent more money and brought in lasers … to accompany the display," said Chong Shing-hum, president of the Chinese Importers' & Exporters' Association.

The organisation is co-hosting the fireworks with the Hainan Commercial Association.

The laser show, featuring other images such as snakes, dolphins and pigeons, will be beamed onto the wall of the Cultural Centre.

The display will also feature pop songs for the first time, such as Katy Perry's hit Firework for the finale, along with Chinese classics.

Three barges in Victoria Harbour will send out 4.5 tonnes of fireworks to a top height of 75 metres during the 23-minute display.