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Mid-Autumn lantern carnivals feature Chinese arts performances

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department, to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival,  will present three lantern carnivals featuring a variety of entertainment programmes.  The carnivals will be held at Tuen Mun Park tomorrow (September 12), at Fanling Recreation Ground on Saturday (September 13), and at Victoria Park on Sunday (September 14).

     The highlight of the three lantern carnivals will be the Chinese arts performances from the Mainland supported by the Bureau of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Culture of People's Republic of China.  It features the exciting performances 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, He Bei Acrobatic & Magic Troupe of China.

     The venue of all three lantern carnivals are decorated with beautiful lanterns. The Victoria Park lantern carnival is dressed up with 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 show, 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 show, 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 show, Asian cultural performances, flamenco, accordion performance, games stalls, lantern quiz, fortune-telling, lantern installations and the exhibition of "Mic Lau X 36 by Project Twelve"

     In addition to the lantern carnivals, there are spectacular lantern exhibitions and lanterns design exhibition to celebrate the festival.  Admission to all activities is free.

     The spectacular lantern exhibition "WonderWaterWorld" at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza runs from now until October 12; while the "Sparkling Memories Under the Moon" is on display at West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade during the same period.  Free shuttle bus service between Kowloon Park (near the entrance at Austin Road) and West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade will be provided between September 13-15 from 7pm to 11.15pm.

     The lantern 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 shapes of rabbits, star fruit and airplanes and the cylindrical rotating lantern.

     An exhibition displaying 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 today (September 11) to September 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/Thursday, September 11, 2008

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