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Harmonica Festival to bring festive programmes in October


The first Hong Kong Harmonica Festival will take place on October 4-5, jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Hong Kong Harmonica Association (HKHA).

The festival will feature a concert with world-famous soloist Robert Bonfiglio and the celebrated Adler Trio, an open solo competition on different types of harmonicas, and an event in the foyer of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, where members of the public will be able to play along with the featured artists, Dr Ho Pak-cheong, Chairman of the Harmonica Association, told a press conference today (July 5).

The event should whet the public's appetite for the 5th Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival, which is scheduled for August 2004 in Hong Kong.

"I am pleased that Hong Kong has a group of harmonica lovers who are not only enthusiastic about bringing fine music to the general public, but have also won over 50 awards in a number of major international harmonica competitions over the past few years, bringing honour to Hong Kong," said Mr Lo Tak-sing, Chief Manager (Cultural Presentations) of LCSD.

Today's opening press conference included a show by performers including the King's Harmonica Quintet, Sum Siu-cheung, Lo Tak-kwong, Jimmy Chan and the Harmonicube Trio. Also present was Mr Kan Tai-keung, the professional designer who conceived the Festival logo.

"The first Hong Kong Harmonica Festival is a landmark in the history of the instrument in Hong Kong," said Dr Ho. "It is a dream come true for Hong Kong harmonica aficionados dream comes true. It may also become a new music trend in Hong Kong."

Application for the harmonica competition is already open and the closing date is on July 31, 2003. Application forms are available from the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong City Hall and

Booking forms of Festival Pass are now available at Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong City Hall. Please check out the latest information about the Festival at Enquiries hotline: 8102 6258.

End/Saturday, July 5, 2003

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