"China Week" gets underway tonight with L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS - Just a week from the Olympic Games, a Chinese firm that has already earned the gold



    MONTREAL, Aug. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Chinese firm that walked off with the
gold Jupiter in 1992 will be back on deck tonight at L'International des Feux
Loto-Québec. At the same time, this kicks off China Week at La Ronde, a week
of activities culminating on August 9 and 10 with the participation of no less
than 800 people from Montréal's Chinese community. In organizing this event,
La Ronde wants to underscore the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing.
    In an effort to win the hearts of Montréalers, Sunny International will
be presenting Forever Love, a pyromusical transposition of a Chinese legend
that, in many ways, resembles the tale of Romeo and Juliet. The story of Ying
Tai-a young woman who, although promised to another, falls in love with Shan
Bo-is presented in five acts accompanied by 13 pieces of music. The tale comes
to a tragic end as the two lovers die and are transformed into butterflies who
fly away. As designer Ching Chung Shih relates, however, the story should be
seen as an example of struggle, perseverance, and hope.
    Moreover, he knows what he's talking about in this regard: he went to
China short after the terrible earthquake that took more than 70,000 lives
last May, in the province of Sichuan. Forever Love, the show that I have been
working on for a few months now, has taken on a whole other dimension," he
stated.
    The music serving as a sound support for the fireworks will be both
varied and rich in emotion. The works include Mozart, Vivaldi, traditional
Chinese melodies, and even certain strains from Harry Potter. Narration in
French will also be provided. "If, one day, you had to go away, my destiny
would suddenly change completely" is a translation of a representative excerpt
of the accompanying text.
    A few scenes from a video interview with representatives can be viewed on
the Internet at www.internationaldesfeuxlotoquebec.com. The site also lists
the titles of the 13 pieces of music that will be heard at the La Ronde.

    The 24th Edition Features Novelty and Innovation

    This year, personalities from Québec's world of art with be closely
associated with L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS.
Singer Etienne Drapeau will be at La Ronde on Saturday. Host Alain Jean-Mary
will be hosting the evening's activities on the air with Rythme FM.

    Technical Details and Ticket Sales

    The shows of L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS get
underway at 10 p.m., whatever the weather. The Jacques Cartier Bridge will be
closed to vehicles on show evenings from 8 p.m. to the end of the
presentation. Reserved seats can be purchased at La Ronde on the same day (the
ticket includes unlimited access to rides and attractions on the site for the
entire day), on the Internet www.admission.com, and by telephone at
514-790-1245 or toll-free at 1-800-361-4595. Corporate and group packages are
available by calling La Ronde sales at 514-397-7777 or by sending an e-mail to
ventes@laronde.com.

    Partners

    The International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS would like to
extend its sincere appreciation to its valued sponsors and partners for their
immeasurable support in terms of producing and publicizing this event: title
sponsor Loto-Québec; presenter sponsor TELUS; associate sponsors Ministère du
Tourisme and the SAQ; official broadcaster 105.7 Rythme FM; and partners TVA,
Le Journal de Montréal, the Marriott Château Champlain, Belle Gueule, and
Agropur Division Fromages Fins.

    About Six Flags: La Ronde is owned by Six Flags, Inc., the world's
largest regional theme park company with 21 parks across the United States,
Mexico, and Canada. Six Flags Inc. is a publicly traded corporation (NYSE:  
SIX) based in New York.




For further information:

For further information: Martin Roy, Public Relations Manager, La Ronde,
Member of the Six Flags Family, (514) 397-2001, extension 2703, mroy@sftp.com


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