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Picnic in the Park, DB

Live Music and Dance Festival to Double Down on Entertainment with TWO STAGES at This Year’s Event on Saturday, 5th November


Discovery Bay, Hong Kong– For the sixth consecutive year, Picnic in the Park –Discovery Bay’s live music and dance festival, will take over Siena Park for 10 hours of music, entertainment and family fun. More than 7,500 attendees are expected to turn out for the festival on Saturday 5th November, which for the very first time, will feature TWO stages. The event is free of charge, open to the public and will be held from 11am – 9:30pm.  All proceeds will benefit the Hong Chi Association and Hong Kong Student Aid Society.


Organized by local residents, Picnic in the Park is truly an “of the community, by the community, for the community” event.  Showcasing Discovery Bay’s homegrown talent, every act features one or more local DB resident.  Beloved DB bands such as The Vibes, Helium 3, and Signal 8 will perform alongside dance troupes, acoustic singer-songwriters and a capella groups on the two stages.  This year, the festival is encouraging even younger acts to participate by teaming up with YROCK and the Academy of Performing Arts for a Hong Kong-wide music competition among Hong Kong teenage musicians in September and October.


The YROCK Music Challengewill consist of three heats held on Lantau, HK Island and Kowloon respectively, where teenage musicians will perform two songs (including one original piece) in front of a live audience and judging panel.  Judged on personality, originality and performance, winners from the three heats will compete in a finale event on 21st October at D-Deck on Discovery Bay.  The winner of the finale will receive a spot on the Picnic in the Park stage, vouchers to Tom Lee and other exciting prizes.


“Over the years, the number of people who want to perform at Picnic in the Park has grown exponentially, so this year it just made sense to add a second stage to showcase all that talent,” explains one of Picnic in the Park’s founders James Alba-Duignan.  “And since all the event organizers remember being teenagers jamming out in youth clubs and garages, we wanted to give budding musicians from all over Hong Kong the chance to perform on stage in front of a huge audience and capture some valuable promotion materials for the future.”


In addition to the music on stage, there will be loads of entertainment for children in the Kids Zones and over 50 market stalls from DB- and HK-based businesses. Local restaurants will provide food and refreshments. All booths are cash-only. When the festival ends at 9:30pm, the party will continue at Party in the Plaza – where multiple venues in DB Plaza will be rockin’ with music from more live bands! 


Picnic in the Park was created to help local Hong Kong people in need. All event organizers and performers donate their time and perform voluntarily. To date, the festival has raised and donated in excess of $250,000HKD to charity.  100% proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit:


·         The Hong Chi Associationeducates, trains and empowers people with intellectual disabilities and their families, and improves service on a continuous basis.

·         Hong Kong Student Aid Society, founded in 1957, provides foster care, student residential services and schooling to children and youths in the Hong Kong area.

The History of Picnic in the Park

In 2005 a few Discovery Bay parents got together to watch their children perform in an outdoor dance recital in Siena Park.  The parents – many of them moonlighting in bands while holding down day jobs, recognized that the park was specifically designed and built for outdoor entertainment.  From that dance recital, Picnic in the Park was born!  With the support of Hong Kong Resorts, the very first Picnic in the Park was held on 9th December 2006.  It featured eight bands, attracted 1,500 attendees and raised money for the Hong Chi Association.  Over the years, Picnic in the Park has grown in size and audience, all while maintaining it’s community grassroots feel. 


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