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June
International Arts Carnival for families this summer

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Children and their families can again enjoy the "International Arts Carnival" this July and August.

The annual event, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will be held from July 18 to August 24. This year, the carnival will be even more attractive as it is one of the programmes included in the "Arts Care" ticket discount scheme.

Speaking at a press conference today (June 17), Chief Manager (Arts Organisations, Festivals and Entertainment) Ms Cynthia Liu said the carnival had evolved from a small-scale children's event to a summer spectacular for the whole family.

"This year, 26 performing groups will present more than 60 exciting performances, including ballet, music, drama, puppetry, multi-media performance and physical theatre," she said.

The festival makes a record of 533 events, including performances, workshops and other free events.

The Hong Kong Ballet will open the carnival with a new interpretation of an everlasting romantic story "The Sleeping Beauty" enchanted with Tchaikovsky's beautiful score.

The carnival has three main series: "Wonderful Live Music", "Shall We Talk?" and "HeARTS Linked".

The "Wonderful Live Music" series will showcase the power of music in "The 5 Elements", which fuses music and magic by Harry Wong and Rick Scott; a comedy concert "Familieconcert Baron Rabinovitsj" by Het Filiaal from the Netherlands; a children's musical "Oops! Belle the Witch is Gone!" by Theatre Ensemble, with a special "witch-band" playing live music; " My Date with Mozart" by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the baton of Yip Wing-sie, and stand-up comedian Cheung Tat-ming; and a Chinese music concert entitled "A Precious Little Baby" by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.

The "Shall We Talk?" series will provide young audiences with soup for the soul. It includes productions from popular theatre groups, "Angel Aurora", a drama work by Chung Ying Theatre Company and "The Good Person of Szechwan", a family musical from Actors' Family.

The "HeARTS Linked" series will offer an exciting mix for families. It includes the Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co presenting amazing juggling and acrobatic feats; the Hong Kong Youth Music Camp Concerts by budding musicians; an interactive seminar called "School of Jim Jim"; the musical "Hyper" inspired by a popular local cartoon and featuring pop-singer Edwin Siu; and films and animations presented in the "International Children's Film Carnival".

"The New Generation Self-Exploration Venture" for teenagers, launched in 2001, will continue, complementing the "Shall We Talk?" series. It includes "Tears No More" by Theatre Fanatico; "Romeo+Juliet" by the Hong Kong Children's Musical Theatre; "Visual Diary of Summer Photography Workshop" and "Video-making Day Camp" jointly presented by Leisure and Cultural Services Department's Film Programmes Office and School of Journal and Communication, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. These inspiring workshops will be followed by stage performances or a photo/video exhibition.

The carnival will also present workshops, a school-touring programme, exhibitions, cultural tours, a touring puppet show, summer fun carnivals, and joint programmes with libraries and museums.

The carnival organisers have produced a VCD showing clips of all performing programmes that are available at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong City Hall and Sha Tin Town Hall while stocks last.

Tickets priced from $40 to $220 are available at URBTIX outlets from tomorrow (June 18). As the carnival is one of the programmes included in the "Arts Care" ticket discount scheme, for any purchase of tickets for cultural programmes with the "Arts Care" logo, patrons can enjoy a 20% discount for each purchase of four to seven tickets and a 40% discount for each purchase of eight or more tickets. At the same time, the public can also enjoy one of the following discounts:

- 50% discount for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.

- 10% discount for Friends of Leisure and Cultural Services Department performing venues (maximum two full-price tickets for any performances). This discount is not applicable to International Arts Carnival workshops.

Programme brochures are available at URBTIX outlets or at the website www.hkiac.gov.hk For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044.

Telephone reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Internet bookings can be made at www.urbtix.gov.hk

End/Tuesday, June 17, 2003

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