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Lantern carnivals and display to celebrate Spring Festival


The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will organise three Spring Lantern Carnivals between February 14 (Friday) and February 16 to celebrate the Spring Lantern Festival. Entertaining programmes as well as spectacular lanterns will be presented for public enjoyment.

To add colour to the Festival, a spectacular lantern showcase "Luna and Luminaire" will also be held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) Piazza featuring three sets of thematic lanterns: "The Narcissus Garden", "The Peony Garden" and the "Greetings from the Golden Goat" from today (February 11) until March 3.

The three Carnivals will start from 7.30 pm and last until 10.30 pm. All programmes are admission free. Details are as follows:

Tsing Yi Park
February 14 (Friday)

The lantern display will be open to the public from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm in the evening of February 15

2. Ko Shan Road Park and Ko Shan Theatre

February 15 (Saturday)

The lantern display will be open to the public from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm in the evening of February 14

3. Fanling Recreation Ground

February 16 (Sunday)

The lantern display will be open to the public from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm in the evening of February 15

Spring Lantern Festival, the traditional Chinese Valentine Day is further enhanced with romantic touch as it falls on the following day of the Western Valentine Day. The two Carnivals in Tsing Yi Park and Ko Shan Road Park will feature traditional Chinese love songs by renowned singer Ms Amy Wu and other artistes.

Apart from the above, other entertaining programmes at the Tsing Yi Park Carnival include a variety show featuring Chinese magic, martial arts, acrobatics and popular songs. Spectacular lanterns including a seven-metre high lantern "Dragon and Phoenix in Celebration of Spring Festival" will be displayed for photo-taking.

The Spring Lantern Carnival at Ko Shan Theatre will present traditional stage arts show including Chinese martial arts, traditional Chinese dances, songs and a variety of Chinese Opera repertoire.

Spectacular lantern groups of which a seven-metre high three-tier lantern featuring full moon, cranes and leaping carps are on display adding festive atmosphere to the event.

The programmes of Fanling Recreation Ground Spring Lantern Carnival are equally attractive. Apart from roving entertainment, Chinese tea corner and traditional games stalls, there will also be singing by popular artistes. Among the lantern groups, the spectacular "Greetings of Dragon and Phoenix in Sping Festival" lantern measuring seven metre high with colourful decoration of rainbow, crane, dragon, phoenix and peacocks portrays a prosperous and peaceful world.

Popular programmes such as Chinese percussion music, lantern riddle and fortune telling will be featured in all three Carnivals while roving entertainment by local artists will fill every corner of the venues with festive joy.

Apart from the three large scale Carnivals, "Luna and Luminaire" -- Spectacular Lantern Showcase featuring "The Narcissus Garden", "The Peony Garden" and the "Greetings from the Golden Goat" is now on display at the HKCC Piazza. "The Narcissus Garden" features a scene of pastoral peace with narcissus in abundance, a thatched shed and a waterwheel. Some fairies are depicted dancing to a lovely tune of joy and goodwill.

Another display "The Peony Garden" features colourful and elegant peonies. In the middle of the pond, there are two peacocks standing among peonies in bloom -- a scene boding richness and prosperity. A group of fairies have descended into this Peony Garden, to play a tune of harmony and joy and wish us a successful and bright new year.

The last set "Greetings from the Golden Goat" is equally attractive, symbolising peace, harmony and prosperity for the year ahead.

Enquiries on the programmes details can be made on 2591 1340.

End/Tuesday, February 11, 2003

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