Two major upcoming events in Hong Kong, Life in Colour and The Colour Run, have changed plans out of safety concerns and respect toward unfortunate results of the Taipei party powder explosion on June 27.
The disaster occurred at Formosa Fun Coast Waterpark in New Taipei City, where coloured powder was discharged to increase the party atmosphere. The authorities believe that the heat from the lighting may have led to the coloured powder’s explosion. More than 500 were injured (including six from Hong Kong); some had respiratory problems after inhaling the powder while others were burnt by the fire, SCMP reports.
Life in Colour is a unique party experience where the audience is sprayed with rainbow paint during the show. The water-based paint used for Life in Colour is non-toxic, not harmful to humans and approved by the Hong Kong Fire Department. However, out of respect to victims and their families of the Taipei tragedy, Sigma Production will postpone the Life in Colour “World’s Largest Paint Party”, originally scheduled at AsiaWorld-Expo on 25 July this year, to summer 2016.
Meanwhile, the party on 25 July 2015 will go on as the paintless Hope Charity Party 2015. 100% of ticketing profits will be donated to the Hong Kong victims of the Taipei disaster. DJs for the event include TJR, Danny Avila, 2 Faced Funks, and more to be announced. Those who have purchased tickets to Life in Colour 2015 are welcome to support Hope Charity Party 2015. Otherwise, tickets can be refunded through HK Ticketing from July 14-23.
In The Colour Run, runners race five kilometers while coloured cornstarch powder is sprayed on them. Last year’s Colour Run brought around 16,000 participants in Hong Kong. On June 29, the organiser of The Colour Run stated that the powder’s flammability had been tested and passed required EU standards. Likewise, a spokesman for AsiaWorld-Expo, the venue of The Colour Run scheduled for December, said that it would not be held with consideration of “public sentiment” for the Taipei explosion.