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One Extra Show For The Tang Performance

9 February 2006, Singapore – Due to overwhelming demand, organisers have decided to schedule an extra performance of A Dream Journey to Tang Dynasty (梦回大唐).

Scheduled to run from 16 February to 19 February, the additional performance will be a Sunday (19 February) matinee at 3pm at the Esplanade Theatre.

Organised by the Chinese flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings´ (SPH), Lianhe Zaobao, and the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the dance pantomime is the opening performance for the biennial national Chinese Cultural Festival 2006. The entire festival will be held from 16 February to 19 March, and will showcase 123 programmes and activities.

Tickets will be sold at $30, $40, $60 and $88 (VIP seats) for the matinee show.

“We have sold more than 90% of the evening performances. Having received much feedback from the public and since the production is being performed for the first time outside China, we decided to stage an additional show to avoid disappointment,” said Mr Seow Choke Meng, the Executive Vice President of Cultural Industry Promotion, Chinese Newspapers Division of SPH.

Mr Seow is also the Chairman of the Chinese Cultural Festival 2006 Steering Committee.

A Dream Journey to Tang Dynasty is performed by the China Xi´an Tang Paradise Cultural Troupe. It is an epic production, which brings together poetry, music and dance to recreate a spectacular vision of the Tang era. Unlike other Tang-style shows, A Dream Journey To Tang Dynasty is contemporary, with all the resplendence of the Tang era brought to life with modern aesthetics and new technology.

Distinguished guests who have enjoyed this production include former Kuomintang chairman Lien Chan and People First Party chairman James Soong ? both watched the performance when they visited China.

The pantomime is a visual and aural bonanza performed in 6 Acts and 7 scenes, comprising poetry, dazzling lighting effects, theatre, costumes, chinese acrobatics, the "Qin" style vocals, the famous "painted face-lift" (bian lian) acts, and with music by Zhao Jiping, who has composed the music for many renowned Chinese films, including Zhang Yimou’s "Raise the Red Lantern" and Chen Kaige’s "Farewell to My Concubine".

Its premiere in Singapore will be the first time the production has been brought and performed outside China.

The organisers acknowledge the following sponsors for their generous support:

Platinum Sponsors: Cosco Corporation, Hi-P International Ltd
Gold Sponsors: 1A Crispy Puffs, NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Ltd, Seksun Corporation
Sponsors: China Express, Pico Art International Pte Ltd
Official Airline: China Eastern Airline

Members of the public who are interested in watching the performance can visit SISTIC outlets, its website, or call the hotline at 6348 5555 for ticket bookings.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Co. Regn. No: 198402868E

For more information, please contact:

Ms Liang Wern Ling
Manager, Cultural & Educational Projects
Cultural Industry Promotion Department
Chinese Newspapers Division
Tel: 6319 1492
Fax: 6319 8114
Ms Ong Yuin Ling
Assistant Secretary
Chinese Cultural Festival 2006
Steering Committee/
Manager, Cultural & Educational Projects
Chinese Newspapers Division
Tel: 6319 1001
Fax: 6319 8114

About Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading media company in Singapore, in the print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. It publishes 13 newspapers in the four official languages and more than 80 magazine titles. Everyday, 2.8 million individuals, or 88 per cent of the people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH publications. Its Internet Business Unit manages the online editions of SPH’s major newspapers and magazines, which together enjoy over 300 million pageviews a month.

SPH also owns a 20% stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40% stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes free sheet Today. SPH has a 70% stake in UnionWorks which operates two entertainment radio channels, UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English, and owns an 80% stake in SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest LED network media company.

About Lianhe Zaobao
The flagship Chinese newspaper of SPH, Lianhe Zaobao is the highest circulating Chinese daily in Singapore. It is an influential newspaper giving valuable insights into local and foreign news, and is regarded as an important source of political and economic news on East Asia, especially China. Lianhe Zaobao has a circulation of 191,000 copies on weekdays and 199,000 copies on weekends. It won the prestigious IFRA Publish Asia Award for best in print (gold) in 2003. Launched in 1983, Lianhe Zaobao was the result of the merger between Nanyang Siang Pau (launched in 1923) and Sin Chew Jit Poh (launched in 1929).