FESTIVE TRADITION Hong Kong Ballet's The Nutcracker, a family favourite, will be staged at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Grand Theatre, from December 18 to 26. It tells the story of Clara, a girl who is given an old-fashioned nutcracker. It turns into a handsome prince who takes her on an amazing journey to the fairytale Land of Snow. The production is set against a glamorous backdrop with stunning costumes and a spectacular Christmas tree. Tchaikovsky's score will be performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductor Yip Wing-sie (except on December 25 and 26). Tickets cost $320, $260, $150 and $100 (December 18 to 24); $220, $170, $110 and $80 (December 25 and 26). Students are being offered 50 per cent discounts. Bookings through Urbtix on 2734 9009. INDIE VIDEOS Teenage Fan Club, a programme consisting of two short videos directed by young, independent filmmakers, will be shown on December 18. Slavery Teachings, directed by domting, explores the topic of detachment. Another video, Magic Basketball, directed by Lee Chi-choy, tells the story of Kwan, a young diabetic who becomes a basketball star. The two videos can be viewed at Hong Kong Arts Centre, Lim Por Yen Film Theatre, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost $50 (adults) and $30 (students). Bookings through HK Ticketing on 31 288 288. SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION Art education is an important element in the school curriculum of Lai Chack Middle School. An exhibition showcasing the works of its students features acrylic and ink paintings and collages, among others. The works will be on display at UB & LB School Gallery of the Hong Kong Arts Centre from December 18 to January 15. Free admission from 9am to 10pm.