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Mid-Autumn carnivals kick off in Shatin

A Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival at Shatin tonight (September 27) kicked off a series of carnivals throughout Hong Kong.

Four large-scale lantern carnivals, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) are scheduled from today until September 29 to celebrate the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival.

Tonight's carnival attracted a large crowd which enjoy the entertainment programmes. The San Tau Art Troupe from the mainland presented Chinese music, ethnic dance and acrobatic performances. The group will also perform in the carnivals at Victoria Park and Ko Shan Road Park.

Other programmes including Chinese instrumental concert, Chinese stage arts show, street performances, lantern quiz, fortune-telling and lantern display were also featured to add colour to the carnival.

Officiating at tonight's opening ceremony were Acting Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Ms Anissa Wong Sean-yee and representatives of the District Councils of the New Territories East Region

Other lantern carnivals will be tomorrow (September 28) and Wednesday (September 29). Admission is free. Details are as follows:

1. Hong Kong Island Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
September 28 (Tuesday), 8pm-11pm
Victoria Park
Programmes: Chinese music, dance and acrobatic performance, golden oldies, lantern quiz, fortune-telling, arts and craft stalls, game stalls and lantern display

2. Kowloon Region Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
September 29 (Wednesday), 7.30pm-10.30pm
Ko Shan Road Park and Ko Shan Theatre
Programmes: Chinese music, dance and acrobatic performance, excerpts of Cantonese opera and Peking opera, lantern quiz, fortune-telling and lantern display

3. New Territories West Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
September 29 (Wednesday), 7.30pm-10.30pm
Sha Tsui Road Playground, Tsuen Wan
Programmes: Cantonese opera, Cantonese operatic excerpts and Huang-mei melodies, Chinese orchestral concert, story telling and shadow art performance, lantern quiz, fortune-telling, game stalls and lantern display

People can also enjoy the spectacular lantern display "Legend in the Moonlight Shadow" at Kowloon Park until October 24. Near the park's Bird Lake is the spectacular lantern "The Legend of the White Snake" telling a popular love tale of Lady Bai She and Xu Xian. Located near the Land Mark in the park is another lantern display "Blessings from the Nine Dragons" featuring a grand "Wall of the Nine Dragons" and the "Make-a-Wish Fountain". At the Piazza, lanterns crafted in the shape of insects - butterflies, ladybirds, dragonflies will be on display.

All entries in the 2004 Mid-Autumn Lantern Design Competition, including the winning designs, will be displayed at the Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong City Hall from September 29 until October 8.

People are urged to avoid littering and wax-burning while celebrating the Festival.

Ends/Monday, September 27, 2004
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