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International Arts Carnival opens tonight

The annual spectacular summer festival, International Arts Carnival, opened today (July 8) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Officiating at the opening ceremony was the Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Ms Shelley Lee. At a reception before the ceremony, Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Ms Anissa Wong presented prizes to the winners of the International Arts Carnival Graphic Design Competition.

The overall winner was primary five student Fok Ken-long who was also the primary school section winner, while form six student Joanna Tse Chung-yan won the secondary school section. The competition attracted 1,765 entries this year.

This year's International Arts Carnival, which runs until August 21, will feature more than 500 events.

Launching this year's International Arts Carnival is the full house performance "Nomade", an Asia premiere 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.

Other line-ups include puppetry, music, dance, drama, clowns and films.

In celebration of Hans Christian Andersen's bicentenary anniversary, the festival brings 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.

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 now. 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/Friday, July 8, 2005

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