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Sha Tin readies for Countdown Carnival

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present a New Year's Eve Countdown Carnival at Sha Tin Park and Sha Tin Town Hall Plaza and Podium. Admission is free.

The carnival, featuring various entertainment, starts at 8.30pm tomorrow (December 31) and runs until 12.30am on Thursday. There will also be a pyrotechnic show to usher in the New Year.

On the main stage in Sha Tin Park, "Batacuda", a group of five percussionists from Australia, will perform a high-energy cross-cultural medley of rhythm, circus skills and mayhem.

Bands including Yip Sai-wing and his friends, at 17, Chet Lam and DSC will rock carnival-goers into the new year. Other acts include exotic African Drums and Hip Hop, Jazz, Break-dance and Brazilian Dance.

The Dance and Musical Stage at Sha Tin Town Hall Plaza will feature enchanting Ballroom and Latin Dancing and music from the popular children tales "Snow White" and "Cinderella".

Young children will be enchanted by the magic and drama of the Children's Fun Corner.

Artists in different costumes will parade around the carnival. There will be bamboo dance from the Philippines, Korean traditional drums and folk dance, Scottish Highland pipe music and Mexican music.

Carnival-goers are urged to help keep the public areas clean and show care for public property. During the carnival, LCSD will arrange over 100 staff to patrol the venue. More than 130 large and standard refuse bins and over 40 cleaning staff will be deployed to speed up the cleaning of the venue. Eighty volunteers will be on hand to help spread the message of caring for our environment.

Aerosol sprays, metallic balloons and bottles are prohibited at the venue.

Ends/Tuesday, December 30, 2003
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