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Lantern carnivals to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present a wide spectrum of activities including lantern carnivals, a spectacular lantern exhibition and a lantern design exhibition to celebrate the coming Mid-Autumn Festival. Admission to all activities is free.

     Featuring a variety of entertainment programmes, lantern carnivals will be held at Tuen Mun Park on September 12, at Fanling Recreation Ground on September 13, and at Victoria Park on September 14.

     The highlight of the three lantern carnivals will be Chinese arts performances from the Mainland supported by the Bureau of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China.  They feature performers from Gui Zhou Nationalities College - School of Music and Performing Arts, Beijing Dance Academy, China National Ethnic Song & Dance Ensemble, The Central University of Nationalities – The Dance College, and He Bei Acrobatic & Magic Troupe of China.

     All three carnivals are decorated with beautiful lanterns. The Victoria Park carnival features attractive lantern installations, "Light up.Link up", depicting the joy of celebrating the autumn in different Asian countries.

     Details of the carnivals are as follows:

1. New Territories West Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
   September 12 (Friday), 7.30pm-10.30pm
   Tuen Mun Park
   Programmes: Chinese songs and dances, acrobatics, magic, Chinese
   traditional music and Cantonese operatic songs, Chinese chess
   demonstration and puppet shows, lantern quiz, fortune-telling
   and lantern installations

2. New Territories East Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
   September 13 (Saturday), 7.30pm-10.30pm
   Fanling Recreation Ground
   Programmes: Chinese songs and dances, acrobatics, magic, Chinese
   traditional music and Cantonese operatic excerpts, golden oldies,
   lantern quiz, fortune-telling, games stalls and lantern installations

3. Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
   September 14 (Sunday), 8pm-11pm
   Victoria Park
   Programmes: Chinese songs and dances, acrobatics, magic, Asian cultural performances, flamenco, accordion performance, games stalls, lantern quiz, fortune-telling, lantern installations and exhibition of "Mic Lau X 36 by Project Twelve"

     There are also spectacular lantern exhibitions: "WonderWaterWorld" at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza from now until October 12; and "Sparkling Memories Under the Moon" at West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade during the same period.  A free shuttle bus service runs between Kowloon Park (near the entrance at Austin Road) and West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade between September 13 and 15 from 7pm to 11.15pm.

     The exhibition at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre features an abundance of marine and wetland creatures, aiming to increase public awareness of environmental protection, while the exhibition at West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade showcases traditional hand-made lanterns, bringing back memories of childhood lanterns in the shape of rabbits, star fruits and airplanes and the cylindrical rotating lantern.

     An exhibition featuring the winning designs and all entries of the 2008 Mid-Autumn Lantern Design Competition will be held at the Exhibition Hall, 1/F, Low Block, Hong Kong City Hall, from September 11 to 20.

     People are urged not to litter and burn wax while celebrating the festival.

     For more information about the lantern carnivals, please call 2591 1340 or visit the website:

Ends/Tuesday, September 9, 2008


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