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Mid-Autumn Carnival at Victoria Park tonight

Thousands of people poured into Victoria Park tonight (September 18) to take part in the large-scale Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival. Showcasing a series of programmes and spectacular lanterns, the carnival was alive with excitement and enjoyed by members of the public.

Attractions included Chinese ethnic dance and music performances by the the Kunming City Ethnic Art Troupe, modern dance, fire dragon dance, Chinese traditional stage arts, Chinese instrumental concert, lantern quiz and fortune-telling. To add drama to the occasion, spectacular lanterns were displayed and filled the park with festive atmosphere.

"The Luminiarium Levity II", an innovative modern installation art by Architects of Air (UK) was also a popular spot for photo-taking. Tonight, the luminiarium was illuminated from inside, creating a radiance people can appreciate from a distance. 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. People can enter the sculpture to be immersed in radiant light and colour. The luminiarium will still be on display tomorrow. Daytime admission is from 10am to 4pm and nighttime light-up will be from 7pm to midnight.

Another Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival will be held tomorrow. Admission is free. Details are as follows:
1. 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.

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

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/Sunday, September 18, 2005

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