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Hong Kong seeks to claw back reputation with busy month of events

Mask mandate dropped, government 'desperate' to return to global stage with shows

Artists perform at the Clockenflap festival in Hong Kong in 2016. The live music event returns this weekend after a three-year hiatus. (File photo by Getty Images)

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong is hoping a series of crowd-puller events this month will help claw back an international reputation bruised by years of strict pandemic policies and a political crackdown.

Sold-out live music festival Clockenflap, headlined by top acts including Wu-Tang Clan and The Cardigans, starts this weekend after a three-year hiatus and kick-starts a slew of other events, including Art Basel and the Rugby Sevens tournament, that could also put the city's ability to host international events to the test as it grapples with a labor shortage.

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