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Carnivals and displays to celebrate Spring Lantern Festival

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present three Lantern Carnivals in different parts of the territory from tomorrow (February 4) until Friday to celebrate the Spring Lantern Festival.

Also, a spectacular lantern display entitled "Glowing Legend" will light up the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) Piazza, adding colour to the festival and a dance "Lantern Romances" will be held in mid-February. Admission to all events is free.

The three Lantern Carnivals will be held tomorrow at Yuen Long Stadium, on Thursday at Ko Shan Road Park and Ko Shan Theatre, and on Friday at Tseung Kwan O Po Tsui Park.

They will run from 7.30pm and 10.30pm and feature spectacular lantern displays, lantern quizzes, fortune-telling stalls and a variety of entertainment programmes such as golden oldies and a Chinese ethnic dance performance.

The carnival at Ko Shan Road Park and Ko Shan Theatre will also feature Cantonese opera excerpts, traditional stage arts and dragon and lion dances. A seven-metre-high spectacular lantern inspired by traditional hexagonal Chinese pavilions will be on display to wish Hong Kong prosperity and happiness.

At the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, the lantern display "Glowing Legend", inspired by stories from the famous Chinese novel "Journey to the West", is now on display until February 22.

Lanterns in the pools near the Clock Tower represent the banquet hosted by the Queen Mother of the West for her guests, the Eight Immortals. Standing on a beautiful lotus, the Queen Mother is the image of kindness and grace.

The 20-foot-high "South Gate" has the Monkey King at the top searching for the peaches that that promise immortality.

The third set of lanterns features monkeys playing on the Mountain of Flowers and Fruits, where every monkey lives a life of leisure and joy.

On the other side of the Piazza, near the Hong Kong Museum of Art, spectacular lanterns represent the 12 creatures of the Chinese zodiac.

Another exhibition, "Getting to Know Chinese Lanterns", is running in the Foyer of the Cultural Centre until February 19. It features the history and production of Chinese lanterns.

Festival-goers can also enjoy the dance performance, "Lantern Romances", on February 20 and 21 from 6.30pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza. The highlight of the performance, "Hope", was well received at the AWESOME Arts Festival in Perth, Australia.

Produced by the City Contemporary Dance Company Dance Centre, "Lantern Romances" will feature a fiesta of dance showcasing jazz and musical repertoires such as Jet Song, All that Jazz and Swan Lake.

Details of the three lantern carnivals are as follows:

New Territories West Spring Lantern Carnival
February 4 (Wednesday)
7.30pm - 10.30pm
Yuen Long Stadium

Urban Spring Lantern Carnival
February 5 (Thursday)
7.30pm - 10.30pm
Ko Shan Road Park and Ko Shan Theatre

New Territories East Spring Lantern Carnival
February 6 (Friday)
7.30pm - 10.30pm
Tseung Kwan O Po Tsui Park

For more information on the above events, please call 2591 1340.

Ends/Tuesday, February 3, 2004
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