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July
International Arts Carnival opens tonight

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The 2003 International Arts Carnival opens this evening (July 18) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Officiating at the opening ceremony was the Secretary for Home Affairs, Dr Patrick Ho Chi-ping.

Prior to the ceremony, the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong, officiated at the prize presentation ceremony of the International Arts Carnival Graphic Design Competition.

The overall winner from 991 entries was primary four student April Yuen. Form three student Bonnie Wong was the winner in the secondary school section.

This year's International Arts Carnival, which runs until August 24, will feature a record 533 events, including performances, workshops and free activities.

The festival's opening night attraction is the much-loved classical ballet "Sleeping Beauty", presented by the Hong Kong Ballet. This is a ballet that has everything - poetic symbolism, lyricism, friendship, goodness, darkness, fate and - of course - love.

"Sleeping Beauty" will also be presented tomorrow (July 19) and Sunday (July 20) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Limited tickets are available.

Prior to the ceremony this evening, there were two performances at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre foyer. They were the musical puppet show, "Ah Dull and Little Dragon", by Make Friends with Puppet and the story-telling puppet show, "Romance of the Three Kingdoms", by Hong Kong Children's Musical Theatre.

The International Arts Carnival line-up includes music, drama, multi-media performances, physical theatre and films.

In addition, the festival will present workshops, a school-touring programme, exhibitions, cultural tours, a touring puppet show, summer fun carnivals, and joint programmes with libraries and museums.

Tickets priced from $40 to $220 are now available at URBTIX outlets. The programme is part of the Arts Care scheme. 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.

The following discounts also apply:

- 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).

The Arts Care scheme now also has Hotel and Food & Beverage Offers. Information can be obtained from venues or the Arts Care website: www.lcsd.gov.hk/specials/arts-care.

For full information on the International Arts Carnival, obtain a programme brochure at any URBTIX outlet or visit the website: www.hkiac.gov.hk. For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044.

End/Friday, July 18, 2003

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