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2009
November
City-wide Welcome for the EAG
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     The 2009 East Asian Games (EAG) is just five days away. The city is geared up to join the cheering squad on December 5, to make the opening ceremony a big welcome party for the EAG.

     At the "City-wide Welcome for the East Asian Games" activity held at Kowloon Park today (November 30), the Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Tsang Tak-sing; the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mrs Betty Fung; the Chief Executive Officer of the 2009 East Asian Games (Hong Kong) Limited, Mr Johnny Woo; the EAG Ambassador, Mr Alan Tam; and representatives of some shopping malls introduced the arrangements for the public to support and participate in the EAG opening ceremony. They wished all members of the public would join in the ceremony in a way they like.

     Mr Tsang said that members of the public had been reminded of the approaching of the EAG in the past several months through the efforts of different sectors, including the transport and tourism industries. He also thanked the support of the artistes who have become EAG Ambassadors for promoting public participation in this great event.

     "We sincerely hope that different sectors will actively support and participate in the EAG so as to live up the spirit of holding the Games, that is, the city-wide participation," Mr Tsang said.

     The opening ceremony will start at 8pm. Apart from watching the opening ceremony at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, people can watch the fireworks at intervals as well as the 15-minute-long fireworks display on both sides of the harbour, including the promenades of Tsim Sha Tsui, West Kowloon, Central and Wan Chai. Giant TV walls will be installed at the promenades of West Kowloon, Central and Wan Chai for the public to watch the live broadcast of the fireworks display, parade at sea and the performances on stage. In addition to the fireworks discharged from four barges, pyrotechnics will also be discharged from the rooftop of about 10 buildings for public viewing. The large-scale fireworks display, the last but best show at the ceremony, will present the theme of athletes' hard-fought spirit in striving for excellence, going along with strong music and fireworks.

     After the opening ceremony, the adorned vessels representing the nine participating countries and regions will be moored off the Wan Chai waterfront on December 6 for people to take photos.

     Big shopping malls in Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories will stage shows or concerts on the night featuring performing groups or local stars (please see Annex for details). For those who cannot join the opening ceremony, they can watch it at the giant TV walls at these shopping malls to share the joy of the ceremony.

     Mr Tsang appealed to members of the public to wear red or bring red accessories, the colour for good luck and happiness on December 5, to demonstrate the spirit of city-wide welcome for the EAG.

     As the EAG Ambassador, Mr Alan Tam said at the activity that he will fully support the EAG and appealed for public participation.

     Red handkerchiefs printed with "Go! Go! EAG!", a slogan for supporting EAG will be distributed at various shopping malls and West Kowloon Promenade on December 5. Members of the public could wave the handkerchiefs together to support the launching of the Games.

     The opening ceremony of the 5th EAG will be held on December 5 night at the Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong's iconic harbour and skyline will be the backdrop for this spectacular and unique opening ceremony, complemented by a parade of adorned vessels, a cultural performance and large-scale fireworks display.

Ends/Monday, November 30, 2009
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Annex 

Celebration shows for the Opening Ceremony of EAG at
Shopping Malls on 5 December

Shopping Malls

Time of the Show

Olympian City

 

6:15pm to 9:30pm

Tuen Mun Town Plaza

 

6:30pm to 8:00pm

APM 

 

6:30pm to 8:00pm

East Point City

6:30pm to 8:00pm

 

Tai Po Mega Mall

 

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Yuen Long Plaza

6:30pm to 8:00pm

 

Maritime Square

 

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Telford Plaza

 

1:00pm to 8:00pm

Metro City Plaza

 

7:15pm to 9:30pm

Times Square

 

6:15pm to 8:00pm

 

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The Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Tsang Tak-sing wearing red, appeals to members of the public to wear red or put on red accessories on the day of the EAG opening ceremony to show their support in welcoming the Games. 


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The Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Tsang Tak-sing and the EAG Ambassador, Mr Alan Tam, add the slogan "Go! Go! EAG!" to a giant red handkerchief.

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The Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Tsang Tak-sing (5th right); the Director of the Leisure and Cultural Services, Mrs Betty Fung (5th left); the Chief Executive Officer of the 2009 East Asian Games (Hong Kong) Limited, Mr Johnny Woo (4th right); the EAG Ambassador, Mr Alan Tam (centre); and representatives of some shopping malls wave the red handkerchief at the "City-wide Welcome for the EAG" activity to show support for the Games.

 

 

 

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