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International military tattoo spectacular to be staged in Hong Kong for the first time
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     In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, "International Military Tattoo", Hong Kong's first military tattoo spectacular featuring some 1,000 representatives from world-famous military bands, will be held in June.

     "International Military Tattoo" is presented by the Home Affairs Bureau, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and proudly sponsored by Bank of China (Hong Kong).

     A press conference for the performances was held today (April 11) to showcase the delightful programme. Present at the press conference were the Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Raymond Young; the Artistic Advisor and Chief Director for the Tattoo, Chairman of the China Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Mr Yu Hai; the representative of the sole sponsor, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Chief Financial Officer Mr Zhuo Chengwen; and the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mrs Betty Fung. Also attending were representatives from several military bands.

     The show will feature military bands from all over the world including the Military Band of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, the Military Band of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, the Guard of Honour of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison, the Royal Australian Navy Band, the Russian Frontier Guard Band, the Bursa Mehter Band of Turkey, the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, the 8th US Army Band, the Hong Kong Police Band, the Girl Students Marching Band of Jiangxi Normal University and O'Shea-Ryan Irish Dancers Australia. Also set to perform in the shows is the Hong Kong Association of Choral Societies.

     One of the attractions will be the marching band performance "Ode to the Motherland" by the Military Band of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. With innovative instrumentation, Chinese music elements and stunning formations, the band will play while marching and will offer a fitting tribute to the motherland, Hong Kong and all ethnic groups of China as a whole-hearted wish for continuous prosperity, growth, unity and harmony.

     Other bands will bring to Hong Kong patrons an enriching programme including marching and military music performance, popular classical music, folk music, dance and more.

     "International Military Tattoo" will be staged at 8pm from June 22 to 24 (Friday to Sunday) at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Tickets priced at $300, $200 and $100 will be available on April 12 (Thursday) at all URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by telephone credit card booking. Half-price tickets will be available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Please refer to programme leaflets for group booking discount information.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321, or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/0000038e.html. For ticketing enquiries, please call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone bookings, please call 2111 5999. For Internet bookings, please visit www.urbtix.hk.

     To share the joy of the occasion with people from all walks of life, 2 free outdoor demonstration performances will be held at 4pm on June 23 (Saturday) at the Plaza, Sha Tin Town Hall, and at 4pm on June 24 (Sunday) at Piazza Area C, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Ends/Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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The Hong Kong Police Band gives a demonstration performance today (April 11) at the press conference for "International Military Tattoo".

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Officiating guests and representatives from several military bands and performing parties join the launch ceremony at the press conference for "International Military Tattoo". Officiating guests include the Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Raymond Young (fifth left); the Artistic Advisor and Chief Director for the Tattoo, Chairman of the China Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Mr Yu Hai (centre); the representative of the sole sponsor, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Chief Financial Officer Mr Zhuo Chengwen (fourth left); and the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mrs Betty Fung (fifth right).

 

 

 
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