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Carnival and lanterns celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

     Carnival-goers enjoyed the Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival tonight (September 14) at Victoria Park where a series of entertaining programmes were presented under spectacular lanterns.

     The highlight of the attractions were the Chinese arts performances from the Mainland supported by the Bureau of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China. These featured 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, and He Bei Acrobatic & Magic Troupe of China.

     To add lustre to the occasion, "Light up.Link up" lantern installations depicting the joy of celebrating the autumn in different Asian countries were on display and filled the park with a festive atmosphere.

     Other programmes included Asian cultural performances, flamenco, accordion performance, magic shows, games stalls, a lantern quiz, fortune-telling and the exhibition of "Mic Lau X 36 by Project Twelve".

     Meanwhile, an impressive lantern exhibition, "WonderWaterWorld", is now on display at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza for public enjoyment. It features an abundance of marine and wetland creatures, aiming to increase public awareness of environmental protection.

     Another magnificent lantern exhibition "Sparkling Memories Under the Moon" is set up at West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade. It showcases traditional hand-made lanterns, bringing back memories of childhood lanterns in the shape of rabbits, star fruit and airplanes and the cylindrical rotating lantern.

     Both exhibitions will run until October 12. A free shuttle bus service will be provided from Kowloon Park (near the entrance at Austin Road) to the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade today and tomorrow (September 14 and 15) from 7pm to 11.15pm.

     Furthermore, all entries including the winning designs of the 2008 Mid-Autumn Lantern Design Competition are now on display at the Exhibition Hall, 1/F, Low Block, Hong Kong City Hall, until September 20.

Ends/Sunday, September 14, 2008

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