Wang Xi, Chief Producer of the 2022 New Year Concert, Vice Director of Jiangsu TV, and Director of the program center, said: “This year, we will continue the theme ‘use struggle to light up happiness.’ At the same time, we have significantly increased the number of historical figures and everyday people in our storytelling. For the first time, eight tribute chapters have been designed. Different chapters select characters from various industries as representatives, and their individual struggles are interwoven with the progress of time. The show focuses on the spirit of artistic works through chapter design, content design, and presentation design, and pays tribute to the ‘most beautiful strugglers’ in various fields.”
The lighting design of the New Year’s Eve Gala revolved around the visual centerpiece of the so-called “planet”—a large half-circle that was suspended above the middle of the arena. The lighting team, led by Lighting Director Dong Jiang, built this hemispherical canopy structure above the main stage and created a dazzling orb that mimicked a sea of stars. The axis of the canopy was provided with a light pole inlaid with strobe lights and by programming the fixtures, bright light floods the sky, creating a sparkling display of light, like shining diamonds. Additionally, 32 digitally controlled, straight-lighting trusses around the canopy and eight lifting light poles around the stage allowed for different forms to be presented through different combinations and transformations.