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Mid-Autumn carnivals open in Ko Shan and Tai Po

Two Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnivals held at Ko Shan Road Park & Ko Shan Theatre and Tai Po Waterfront Park tonight (September 17) launched a series of carnivals throughout Hong Kong.

Tonight's carnival attracted large crowds to enjoy the entertainment programmes. At Ko Shan Road Park & Ko Shan Theatre, the Kunming City Ethnic Art Troupe performed Chinese ethnic dance and music. Other performances included nanyin and excerpts of Cantonese opera, lantern quiz, fortune-telling and spectacular lantern display.

Programmes of Tai Po carnival showcased Chinese dance by the Hong Kong Dance Company, Chinese music, folk songs and golden oldies, theatrical performances, nostalgic games, lantern quiz, fortune-telling and spectacular lantern display.

Two more lantern carnivals will be held tomorrow and Monday. Details are as follows:
1. Hong Kong Island Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
September 18 (Sunday), 8pm-11pm
Victoria Park
Programmes: Chinese music and dance by the Kunming City Ethnic Art Troupe, modern dance, Chinese traditional stage arts, Chinese instrumental concert, spectacular lighting display "Luminiarium Levity II ", fire dragon dance, lantern quiz, fortune-telling and lantern display

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

An innovative modern art installation, "The Luminiarium Levity II" by Architects of Air (UK) is now on display at Victoria Park until Monday. "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 to create a radiance that people can appreciate from a distance.

The opening hours of the luminiarium are as follows:

Daytime admission: 10am to 4pm
Nighttime light-up: 7pm to midnight

Adding colour to the festival, a spectacular lantern display, "Glittering Beauties in the Wonderland", is on display at Kowloon Park until October 16, mixing traditional and modern lantern design.

An exhibition featuring the winning designs and all entries of the 2005 Mid-Autumn Lantern Design Competition is also being held at the Exhibition Gallery, G/F Hong Kong Central Library until October 1.

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

Ends/Saturday, September 17, 2005
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