Lantern carnival to celebrate Lunar New Year at the Velodrome

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.

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.

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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