One of the key organisers of the Harbour Fest sought to distance itself from the trouble-plagued event yesterday amid calls for a probe into the musical extravaganza, expected to cost taxpayers up to $100 million. 'There is no way that we should be blamed for the chaos,' East Art International spokesman Joseph Poon Shu-yan said. He said East Art was not responsible for ticket sales, sponsorship, promotions, venue arrangement or dealing with the local artists in the festival. 'We are only playing a small role in the Harbour Fest and should not be called its 'main organiser',' Mr Poon said. 'I don't think I need to tell you who the key player in the event is,' he said, referring to the American Chamber of Commerce. Mr Poon sought to downplay his company's role in the event after it was identified in a Chinese press report as being at the heart of the hiccups. East Art International said its role was limited to contacting world-famous western artists, helping them apply for visas to Hong Kong and assisting in arranging meals and transport. 'If the overseas singers expressed an interest in performing at Harbour Fest, we asked them if there was anything they did not want to do after they arrived in Hong Kong, such as being photographed and dining with officials,' Mr Poon said. 'Then we passed their requirements to AmCham. 'We have done a marvellous job by inviting a number of the world's most famous singers to Hong Kong.' He rejected criticism that the company should shoulder part of the blame amid a series of miscommunications between AmCham and overseas singers. His comments came after Ming Pao ran a story detailing the background of East Art and its role in Harbour Fest. Mr Poon said East Art would not and should not apologise to the public for the chaos. He declined to elaborate on why East Art, which was only set up in July, was selected to help organise Harbour Fest. Mr Poon said East Art only received $390,000 for the work, which involved nine staff over a three-month period. 'We had to lower our salaries to work for the Harbour Fest. But I am happy to be part of it because I want to play a role in promoting Hong Kong.'