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International Arts Carnival opens tonight

The annual summer spectacular, the International Arts Carnival, opened tonight (July 14) at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium.

Officiating at the opening ceremony was the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong who also officiated at the prize presentation ceremony of the International Arts Carnival Graphic Design Competition.

The overall winner from 1,230 entries was 12-year-old secondary school student Michelle Chiu Chung-yeung, while primary six student Wong Yik-man was the winner of the primary school section.

A fun-filled "Summer Fun Party" featuring sports, arts and entertainment, was staged inside and outside the stadium this afternoon, providing fun and entertainment for the whole family.

The "Summer Fun Party" will also be held tomorrow (July 15) from 2pm to 7.30pm.

This year's International Arts Carnival, which runs until August 29, will feature around 500 events.

Opening the festival is the acrobatics performance, "Dreamscape - the Secret Garden of Guizhou", presented by the Zunyi Acrobatic Troupe and Guizhou Provincial Song and Dance Ensemble, showcasing a journey of discovery through the beauty of nature with 25 award-winning acrobatic acts and dances.

Other performances in the line-up include puppetry, music, dance, drama, black-light theatre, physical theatre and films.

The festival will also present workshops, exhibitions, cultural tours and joint programmes with libraries and museums.

Tickets priced from $40 to $280 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Package discounts of up to 15% are available for performing arts programmes/films.

Programme guides are available at URBTIX outlets or at the website, .

For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044. Telephone reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Internet bookings can be made at .

Ends/Wednesday, July 14, 2004
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