The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present three lantern carnivals at Tin Shui Wai Park and Ginza Square on October 2, at Victoria Park on October 3, and at Sha Tin Park and Sha Tin Town Hall Plaza on October 4. Supported by the Bureau of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, the Yunnan Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of National Song and Dance Ensemble and Hebei Acrobatics Group of China will perform at all three carnivals.
Lantern installations at the three carnivals also are open to the public from today (September 30) to October 4.
The Victoria Park carnival features attractive lantern installations "The Endless Innovation", based on the Chinese philosophy classic Yi Jing, and two other lantern installations celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of People's Republic of China. The lantern displays at Sha Tin Park showcase the participating countries of the East Asian Games. At Tin Shui Wai Park, splendid lantern installations are specially designed to blend in with the park's special water pool and landscape.
Details of the carnivals are as follows:
1. New Territories West Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
October 2 (Friday), 7.30pm-10.30pm
Tin Shui Wai Park and Ginza Square
Programme: Chinese songs and dances, acrobatics, Chinese instrumental music, golden oldies, Chinese traditional stage arts, lantern quiz, fortune-telling and lantern installations
2. Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
October 3 (Saturday), 8pm-11pm
Programme: Chinese songs and dances, acrobatics, Chinese traditional stage arts, puppetry, Cantonese opera excerpts, games stalls, lantern quiz, fortune-telling and lantern installations
3. New Territories East Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
October 4 (Sunday), 7.30pm-10.30pm
Sha Tin Park and Sha Tin Town Hall Plaza
Programme: Chinese songs and dances, acrobatics, Chinese instrumental music, Cantonese opera excerpts, Chinese traditional stage arts, lantern quiz, fortune-telling, games stalls and lantern installations
There are also thematic lantern exhibitions, "Join Hands to be the Legend" at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza from now until November 1, and "Glittering Garden under the Moon" at West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade until October 4.
The exhibition at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre features various sporting images of East Asian Games mascots Dony and Ami, together with the national and cultural characteristics of the nine participating countries/regions, while the exhibition at West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade features an enchanting garden with lanterns of glittering flowers.
An exhibition of the winning designs and all entries of the 2009 Mid-Autumn Lantern Design Competition is being held at the Exhibition Hall, 1/F, Low Block, Hong Kong City Hall, from now until October 3.
People are urged not to litter and burn wax while celebrating the festival.
Admission to all activities is free. For more information about the lantern carnivals, please call 2591 1340 or visit the website: www.lcsd.gov.hk/eo
Ends/Wednesday, September 30, 2009