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World Cultures Festival 2015 opens (with photos)

     The "World Cultures Festival 2015 - A Decade of Exquisite Arts" opened tonight (October 16) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Officiating at the opening ceremony was the Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Lau Kong-wah.

     Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Lau said that the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has been hosting the biennial World Cultures Festival since 2005. To mark the 10th anniversary of the Festival, artistic gems from around the globe are now brought together under the theme of "A Decade of Exquisite Arts".

     The Festival opened with "The Song of Eva Perón" from Argentina's Tango Buenos Aires. Combining traditional tango with innovative choreography, the dancers use the sultry language of tango to reconstruct turning points in Eva Perˆun's rags-to-riches life in its short span of 33 years. A live band and a vocalist added to the sizzling atmosphere, delivering original works and classics including Matos Rodríguez's "La Cumparsita" and Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion".

     "The Song of Eva Perón" will also be held at 7.30pm tomorrow (October 17) and on October 18 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre. Tickets are priced at $180, $280, $380 and $480.

     The festival will also feature:

* Closing programme : Shanghai Yue Opera House
* Kodo's "Dadan 2015" (Japan)
* Angélique Kidjo (Benin)
* Georgian National Dance Company Sukhishvili
* The Chieftains (Ireland)
* Los Texmaniacs (US)
* Teriver Cheung and Fung Lam with Jean-Michel Pilc's "Hong Kong Episodes"
* Jinjo Crew's "Ablaze!" (Korea)
* Dhoad Gypsies from Rajasthan (India)
* Hong Kong Professional Winds' "Bands Around the World"
* Hong Kong Repertory Theatre's "Circle Mirror Transformation"
* Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra's "Majestic Drums XX"
* Hong Kong Sinfonietta's "Penderecki & Shostakovich"

     Apart from these performances, the festival also offers a series of extension activities, comprising the outdoor concert "Global Island", the World Cultures Salon Series, the "Words On Fest" Writing Award Scheme, exhibitions, workshops, lecture demonstrations, foyer and outdoor performances, a sharing session, pre-performance appreciation talks and meet-the-artist sessions.

     "World Cultures Festival 2015 - A Decade of Exquisite Arts" is being held from today until November 15. Tickets are now available at URBTIX. Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 and above, people with disabilities and their minders, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Other booking discounts of up to 20 per cent are available.

     Programme brochures are available at URBTIX outlets or at the website . For programme enquiries, please call 2370 1044.

     Internet bookings can be made at Credit card telephone bookings can be made on 2111 5999.

Ends/Friday, October 16, 2015
Issued at HKT 19:52


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