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"Legends of China" Festival to be Staged From Mid-October in HK

HONG KONG, September 6 -- The Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will present a spectacular arts festival "Legends of China" this autumn from October 19 to December 2, featuring around 100 performances and extension activities.

"The Legends of China Festival aims to promote understanding in and appreciation of Chinese culture and art," Chief Manager of LCSD, Cynthia Liu, told a press conference on Thursday.

The festival features a selection of programs that attribute to the best known personalities from Chinese history, literature, education, folklore, legends and myths. They reflect the rich tapestry of Chinese culture through various art forms, accordint to Liu.

It showcases the traditional arts Kunqu opera and Peking opera from the north; Cantonese opera, Chiu Chow opera and Cantonese ancient operatic singing from the south; new theater ventures interwoven by traditional and modern techniques; symphonic poem assimilating the eastern and western cultures; music; dance; multimedia theater and puppet shows.

The festival features some highly acclaimed productions recently developed in the Chinese mainland. The opening program by Shanghai Peking Opera Theater is an award-winning Peking Opera spectacle "The Glorious Zhen Guan Years of Tang Dynasty", which has won the highest award at the China Arts Festival in 2000.

Other award-winning attractions include an epic dance poem " Mazu, Goddess of the Sea" that has won the highest gold medal in the National Lotus Award for Chinese Dance last year; and a seven- award-winning production, "Shang Yang".

-- source: Xinhua News Agency

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