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Family fun at International Arts Carnival

Summer is the time for the International Arts Carnival!

Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the annual arts festival will be held from July 8 to August 21, featuring more than 480 events for family enjoyment.

This year, there will be six performing groups from Canada, Japan, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Brazil and Spain along with 23 local performing groups to give exciting stage performances such as acrobatics, puppetry, music, dance, drama, clowns.

Launching this year's International Arts Carnival is the Asia premiere "Nomade", by the Canadian Cirque Eloize. Inspired by the wandering spirit and traditional folklore of the gypsies, "Nomade" blends acrobatics, dances and music to bring a surreal journey beyond imagination.

The carnival has three main series: "HeARTS Linked", "ABC, Come and See" and "Andersen Series".

The "HeARTS Linked" series will feature a number of fun and creative programmes, such as "Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves" by Japan's Pikkari Theatre in which the cutest puppets, sweetest songs, colourful costumes and sets galore will be captivating; a unique and utterly crazy "Paper World" by Mimirichi Clowns and Pantomine Theatre from Ukraine. Local groups are "Made in Hong Kong with Harry Wong"; "Shortcut to Classical Music - Musical Terms 'Therapy' Session II" by Hong Sinfonietta in collaboration with Jim Chim; "The Monkey King Goes on Summer Holiday - Tales from Journey to the West" by Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; "Moomin Valley - The Dream Stealers" by Spring-Time Creative Media; International Children's Film Carnival and Hong Kong Youth Music Camp Concerts.

The "ABC, Come and See" series is a fun-fest specially for the kids three years old or above, featuring "The Flying Babies" by Drak Theatre from Czech Republic; "Cocktail Clown" by Brazilian Group XPTO; "Animals" by El Retablo Puppet Theatre from Spain; "Ah Dull and Little Dragon II - Magic Window" by local Make Friends With Puppet.

In celebration of Hans Christian Andersen's bicentenary anniversary, the festival will bring three stage performances inspired by Andersen's immortal tales: "The Emperor & the Nightingale" by Hong Kong Ballet; "The Beautiful Hearts" by Class 7A Drama Group; "King of Fairy Tales - The Eternal Child" by Hong Kong Dance Company.

"The New Generation" series for teenagers will continue and they will explore their creativity with a multi-media dance workshop, a stage photography workshop and a video workshop.

These include "Andersen's LOOKBook 2005" by DanceArt Hong Kong; "2005: a stage odyssey Photography Workshop"; "Youth in Love with Video Project 2005".

The festival boasts an array of events. Apart from performances, there are workshops, school tours, exhibitions, cultural tours, a graphic design competition, library and museum activities.

Tickets priced from $40 to $320 are available at URBTIX outlets from tomorrow (May 20). 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 full-price 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/Thursday, May 19, 2005
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