Denise Ho plans Sheung Wan concert in name of ‘freedom’ in response to Lancome show cancellation

Cantopop singer Denise Ho has announced plans for a concert and community event in the spirit of “freedom” this weekend, to take place at the same place and time as her famously cancelled Lancome show.

In a statement on her official Facebook page, Ho invited people to “respond to oppression and fear” in Hong Kong “using music and culture” at the event, titled “The Beauty of We”.

Referring to Lancome’s statement that the concert, which the beauty company had intended to be part of a “happy and relaxing neighbourhood event”, was cancelled for “possible safety reasons”, Ho said her aim was to “create a happy and safe neighbourhood event”.

“No politics, no slogan, no banners, no catchphrases, no organisations, or big companies,” Ho said.

The pro-democracy singer has collaborated with eight local businesses for the event, including Teakha, 3Rd Space, and Just Coffee&Wine Hipster, who will help stage unspecified “community activities” on the day.

In the “spirit of freedom”, the event will be completely free of charge. 

Lancome has faced backlash in Hong Kong since June 5th, when Ho’s concert was officially cancelled. Many in the city believe the company’s decision was an act of self-censorship, after state-run media outlet Global Times criticised the brand for “being represented by Hong Kong poison”, in reference to Ho’s support for Hong Kong and Tibetan independence. 

What: HOCC x PoHo Community, “The Beauty of We”
When: 12pm to 5pm (free concert at 3:30pm), Sunday, June 19
Where: Po Hing Fong/Tai Ping Shan, a.k.a. PoHo (Google Maps)

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