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September
A new vision for festival-goers this autumn
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Inspiring, original and creative -- the New Vision Arts Festival will surprise you this autumn with a series of remarkable arts performances and events presented by renowned artists and groups.

Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the arts festival will run from October 19 to November 21, highlighting east-west cultural integration with a focus on modern Asian elements.

The festival will open with a concert featuring the Secret Garden, the legendary combo from Scandinavia, together with two top pop singers from the mainland, Ding Fei Fei and Ding Wei. Experience the essence of fusion between the East and West. Local virtuoso Warren Mok will also team up with Ding's sisters in the performance.

The festival boasts an array of music programmes. Under the baton of Tan Dun, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta will perform Tan's latest works "Paper Concerto for Paper Percussion and Orchestra" and "The Map: Concerto for Cello, Video and Orchestra". "Around the Musical World in 2 Nights" featuring Wu Tong, Todd Reynolds, David Cossin and Evan Ziporyn promises to captivate with more East-West harmony. Modern Chamber Opera "Opiume" by Checkpoint Theatre (Singapore) takes the Opium War as its backdrop to create this alluringly romantic piece. Other music programmes include"Tamashy -- Voices of the Heart" by Yamato: The drummers of Japan; and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra's "Yan Huichang and Wang Yong in Dimensional Pursuits".

If you missed "Hashirigaki" in last New Vision Arts Festival, "Il n'y a plus de firmament (No More Heavens)" co-produced by Theatre Vidy-Lausanne ETE (Switzerland), Theatre de la Ville - Paris (France) and Berliner Festwochen (Germany) will deliver avant garde excitement integrating dance, physical theatre, acrobatics and mime.

U Theatre of Taiwan's "Meeting with Vajrasattva", an award-winning production, promises a unique experience when drums, dance, music, martial arts and theatre combine ingeniously; while Japanese group Sal Vanilla will mark the performance "amplified" with futuristic audio-visual installations and powerful body movements.

Other performances include:
* Edward Lam Dance Theatre's "The Great Entertainer".
* Mui Cheuk-yin Poetry.Dance Theatre: "lot.us" by Mui Cheuk-yin and Priscilla Leung.
* Yeung Wai-mei Solo Dance "Spiritual Girl".
* Theatre du Pif's "e never forgets".
* Hong Kong Repertory Theatre's "Rotate 270 degrees".

Apart from these performances, the New Vision Arts Festival also offers workshops, exhibitions, meet-the-artist sessions and outdoor performances.

Tickets priced from $100 to $380 are available at URBTIX outlets from tomorrow (September 3). Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Group booking discounts of up to 20% are available.

Programme brochures are available at URBTIX outlets or at the website, http://www.newvisionfestival.gov.hk

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 http://www.urbtix.hk .

Ends/Thursday, September 2, 2004
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