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Outdoor concert features drum performances this Saturday

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An outdoor concert featuring ethnic drum performances from Mainland China will be held tomorrow (November 1) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza. Admission is free.

The concert, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will start at 2 pm.

The acclaimed Shanxi Jiangzhou Drum Troupe will start the show with with a dramatic drum performance. The troupe has won many awards and prizes, including an Outstanding Award at the 1st National "Year of the Dragon Music Festival", Gold and Silver awards at the 2nd All Star Awards and the Gold Award at the 2nd China Folk Arts and Shanxi International Gong and Drum Festival.

There will also be a wooden drum demonstration and water drum and peace drum performances. The wooden drum is one of the most highly regarded instruments of the Wa people of Yunnan, used only for large-scale shows. It is considered a sacred instrument that helps man communicate with the gods.

The Water Drum Troupe of the De'ang Tribe will bring the unique water drum percussion. The drum body is dug out of soft wood and decorated with hand-painted patterns. Before playing, the player needs to pour some water into the drum through a small hole in the body to keep both the body and the mounts moist. This moistening process keeps the tone rich and unique.

The Yonghong Peace Drum Troupe, which represented Lanzhou at the 11th Asian Games and won the title of "The Number One Drum Troupe in China", will present this age-old, yet energetic art form.

Apart from drum performances, audiences can also enjoy charming Chinese music by the New Tune Chinese Orchestra.

The outdoor concert is part of the line-up of the large-scale arts festival "Legends of China". The "Legends of China" festival, showcasing a full menu of Chinese opera, drama, dance, music, lecture series and demonstrations, exhibitions and festive outdoor programmes, will run until November 28.

Ends/Friday, October 31, 2003

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