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Lantern carnival to celebrate Lunar New Year at the Velodrome

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A thematic lantern display entitled “Happily the Fishes Leap!” Photo: LCSD

To celebrate the Lunar New Year Lantern Festival over the coming weekend, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present a wide range of activities including festive lantern carnivals and lantern displays for public enjoyment. Admission to all activities is free.

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The Xinjiang Arts Troupe will showcase spectacular ethnic songs, dance and acrobatic performances at the three lantern carnivals. Photo: LCSD

Colourful lantern displays at Hong Kong Velodrome Park will light up the park from 1 to 4 March. These include a five-metre-high lantern “Bicycle on the Run” sponsored by Sai Kung District Council with revolving bicycle patterns, and lanterns in the shape of a unicorn, peacock, fish and birds. At the night carnival on 4 March there will be transcendental music performances featuring Taize songs, Buddhist chants and musical instruments such as handpans, shakuhachi, pipa and didgeridoos. There will also be a lantern quiz corner, a handicrafts workshop, roving artists and a Sai Kung Hang Hau Hakka unicorn dance performance – an item inscribed onto the fourth national list of ICH in 2014.

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Photo: LCSD

In addition to the lantern carnivals, the programme “Youth Night” will be held at the above venues in the evening preceding each carnival from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, showcasing the energy and creativity of young people with a variety of programmes.

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