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September
Installation art "The Luminiarium Levity II" on display from tomorrow
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An innovative modern art installation, "The Luminiarium Levity II" by Architects of Air (UK), will be on display at Victoria Park from tomorrow (September 15) until Monday. Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), this is part of the spectrum of activities to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. Admission is free.

"The Luminiarium Levity II" is a sculpture that people can enter to be immersed in radiant light and colour. Inspired by the beauty of natural geometry and by Islamic architecture, it features winding passages of small domes inspired by repetitious forms found in the bazaars of Iran. In the daytime, the luminosity of light and colour inside Levity II is created purely by the daylight shining through the coloured plastic. At night, the luminiarium is also illuminated from inside, creating a radiance that people can appreciate from a distance.

Since 1992, the luminiaria of Architects of Air have enchanted over 1.5 million people in 32 countries. The Los Angeles Times wrote, "Upon entering you instantly notice vaulted ceilings that arch towards heaven, creating a sense of grandeur and almost limitless space. The air is washed in colours - reds, blues, greens deepening from soft tints to lustrous jewel tones."

The opening hours of the luminiarium are as follows:
Daytime admission: 10am to 4pm, September 15 - 19
Nighttime light-up: 7pm to midnight, September 17 - 19

The LCSD will also present four lantern carnivals, a spectacular lantern display "Glittering Beauties in the Wonderland" and a lanterns exhibition during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Admission to all programmes is free.

The Kunming City Ethnic Art Troupe from the Mainland will perform Chinese ethnic dance and music at three of the carnivals: Ko Shan Road Park & Ko Shan Theatre, Victoria Park and Tsing Yi Park.

Details of the carnivals are as follows:
1. Kowloon Region Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
September 17 (Saturday), 7.30pm-10.30pm
Ko Shan Road Park & Ko Shan Theatre
Programmes: Chinese music and dance, nanyin performances and excerpts of Cantonese opera, lantern quiz, fortune-telling and lantern display

2. New Territories East Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
September 17 (Saturday), 7.30pm-10.30pm
Tai Po Waterfront Park
Programmes: Chinese music and dance, folk songs and golden oldies, theatrical performances, nostalgic games, lantern quiz, fortune-telling and lantern display

3. Hong Kong Island Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
September 18 (Sunday), 8pm-11pm
Victoria Park
Programmes: Chinese music and dance, modern dance, fire dragon dance, Chinese traditional stage arts, Chinese instrumental concert, spectacular lighting display "Luminiarium Levity II ", lantern quiz, fortune-telling and lantern display

4. New Territories West Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
September 19 (Monday), 7.30pm-10.30pm
Tsing Yi Park
Programmes: Chinese music and dance, puppet and shadow art performance, lantern quiz, fortune-telling and lantern display

Adding colour to the festival, a spectacular lantern display "Glittering Beauties in the Wonderland" is exhibited at Kowloon Park until October 16, showing a fusion of traditional and modern styles of lantern design.

An exhibition featuring the winning designs and all entries of the 2005 Mid-Autumn Lantern Design Competition, will also be held at the Exhibition Gallery, G/F Hong Kong Central Library from Friday (September 16) to October 1.

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

For more information on the lantern carnivals, please call 2591 1340.

Ends/Wednesday, September 14, 2005
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