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"Folk Songs Gala of Guangxi" coming to HK

The colourful "Folk Songs Gala of Guangxi" will be staged by the Guangxi Liuzhou Song and Dance Troupe in Hong Kong next month (January 2006).

The production is rich with sets and props that are icons of Guangxi, folk costumes and masks, streamer balls, grain drying racks and tall banyan trees. Songs, music, exotic dances and scenes merge to provide a spectacular showcase of ethnic rhythms and sounds.

A cast of 57 coming from different ethnic groups will present over 28 folk songs full of rustic charm under the themes of Work and Love. As the show unfolds, the audience will have a rare glimpse of the traditions and values of the many ethnic groups of Guangxi.

"Folk Songs Gala of Guangxi" was included in the 2003-2004 Top Ten shows of the National Fine Stage Arts Project, and has won a number of awards, including the 11th Wenhua Award of the Ministry of Culture for Best Production, and the Audience's Favourite Programme Award of the 7th China Arts Festival. The production has toured to various Mainland cities giving 115 shows and attracting a total attendance of over 150,000.

Established in 1964, the Guangxi Liuzhou Song and Dance Troupe has built up a repertoire that is characterised by local colour and ethnic flavour. Some of its standards are the song and dance drama, "Liu Sanjie", the dance drama, "For the Love of the Mountains", and several dances showcasing the minority tribes of Zhuang, the Miao and the Dong.

The troupe has visited more than 80 Mainland cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. It has also toured to Europe and the United States, winning critical acclaim.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and the National Fine Stage Arts Project Office, and supported by the Bureau of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Cultural Affairs, the "Folk Songs Gala of Guangxi" will be staged at 8pm, January 20 and 21, 2006 (Friday and Saturday) at the Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall.

Tickets priced at $190, $150 and $100 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. (limited tickets for students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). Please check out programme leaflets for other group booking discount schemes.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for internet bookings, visit; for more information, visit .

Ends/Tuesday, December 6, 2005

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