WHEN AIDS CONCERN decided to go with a Pleasure Dome theme for tonight's annual gala dinner, it got a little help from poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge's mythical Xanadu - and a lot of help from Stanley Ho's Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurant. Since undergoing a $35 million overhaul last year, the restaurant has lured tourists and locals with its mixture of Imperial Ming dynasty and contemporary designs. No problem, then, to transform the place for a night into Coleridge's utopian kingdom. 'We wanted a theme that tied in with our sponsor Shanghai Tang's autumn collection, Nomads of China,' says Aids Concern chief executive Graham Smith. 'As Genghis Khan and his warriors aren't very festive, we decided on Coleridge's take on Kublai Khan - a descendant of Genghis - in which there's enough imagery to suggest a sensual and sophisticated event.' Pop diva Coco Lee will attend tonight's bash, and will receive a cheque on behalf of Aids Concern from the MAC Aids Foundation. Other long-term supporters include singer Anthony Wong Yiu-ming and philanthropist Andrew Yuen and the Ho family. 'The parties work because of the good vibe,' Smith says. '[Dance outfit] House of Siren is always colourful and fun, and this fits in well with what Aids Concern is trying to achieve. The mixed crowd of gay, straight, males and females always have a lot of fun together. 'House of Siren is great. At last year's MAC Viva Glam party at Edge, people had to stick money down [the male dancers'] pants. It was popular with both the boys and the girls.' Fashion and fusion dining will hold court at Xanadu, on Jumbo Kingdom's third deck, before the party kicks off in a Mongolian marquee - the Pleasure Dome - featuring House of Siren dancers, local DJ Yeodie and Australian funky deep house DJ Nathan G. The 30-year-old Melbournian (full name Nathan George) says: 'To recreate Xanadu, I'll be bringing some warm vibes with a funky edge, especially as it's a fashion party. We're about to head into summer here [in Australia], and a lot of the music I've been making is very sunny.' George, who has been producing and DJ-ing for almost a decade, says his music has developed a more soulful sound. 'My parents exposed me to a lot of jazz when I was younger and I grew up on disco, funk and soul,' he says. 'House music is something I matured into. I was always intrigued by music that wasn't on the radio - I was looking for something else, looking into music in nightclubs when I wasn't even old enough to get in.' Aids Concern is hoping to raise $1 million from the event for prevention programmes and support services for people with HIV/Aids, as well as for the cost of administration staff. 'Hong Kong is in a low-prevalence [Aids] situation,' Smith says. 'Less than one per cent of the population is infected with HIV/Aids, so the main emphasis is trying to keep it that way. Countries around us have burgeoning epidemics, and the mainland is of particular concern.' Tables for tonight have sold out, but tickets for the Pleasure Dome are still available for $250 in advance from Aids Concern, Post 97, Elemis Day Spa and Shanghai Tang. FCUK Safely will be the title of the next big Aids Concern event, on November 30, the eve of World Aids Day, at Dragon-i in Central - obviously co-sponsored by French Connection UK. In the month running up to World Aid's day on December 1, Aids Concern will also run a Red Ribbon Angels Campaign, for which bars and restaurants make donations to Aids Concern and accept donation boxes with red ribbons and safe sex kits. In return, their involvement is publicised by the charity. Last year, more than 100 businesses took part. For details about tonight's event, or upcoming activities, go to www.aidsconcern . org.hk or call Amy Cui on 2898 4411.