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June
Sports and culture to help relaunch Hong Kong

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A number of major sporting and cultural programmes will be held in conjuction with Relaunch Hong Kong, the Government's morale-boosting post-SARS campaign.

Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the programmes are:

-- four Shaolin Wushu performances in early July;

-- three International Super Stars Diving and Synchronised Swimming Shows in late July;

-- the Drum Festival from mid-July to early November;

-- a four-day Euro-Asia Snooker Masters Challenge in late August.

The martial arts monks from the Songshan Shaolin Temple of China, whose feats of strength and agility verge on the superhuman, will give four wushu shows from July 5 to 7.

The first performance-cum-opening ceremony will be staged at Queen Elizabeth Stadium at 7.30pm on July 5. Two more performances will be held at Kowloon Park Sports Centre on July 6 and the last will be held at Lung Sum Avenue Sports Centre, Sheung Shui on July 7.

The Hong Kong Drum Festival, organised by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, aims to boost spirits with the heartening sounds of drums from July to November.

Activities include the "Synergising our Hong Kong" opening rally at 4pm on July 13 in Victoria Park, featuring the debut of the world's biggest Peace Drum (Taiping gu) and Gong and some 2,000 drummers from local organisations and schools vying to win a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

The festival also includes the Hong Kong Synergy 24 Drum Competition from September 27 to November 1; and Know Your Drumming Index - Drums to Test Your Mood as well as the Hong Kong Drum Music Exhibition, and the Hong Kong Drum Festival Concert Series from September to November.

With the collaboration of the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association, the department will also organise world-class diving and synchronised swimming shows with teams from Australia, Mainland China, Canada and Russia. The two-day event at Kowloon Park Swimming Pool will feature three shows -- from 4pm to 6.30pm on Saturday, July 26 and from noon to 2.30pm and 4pm to 6.30pm on Sunday, July 27.

Prominent athletes from China, including Tian Liang, Hu Jia, Guo Jing Jing and Li Na, will be present.

Eight world-class European and Asian snooker players will take part in the Euro-Asia Snooker Master Masters Challenge jointly organised by the department and the Hong Kong Billiard Sports Control Council Company from August 21 to 24 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

World No 1 Mark Williams of Wales will be present. The other stars competing are Stephen Hendry of Scotland, Ken Doherty of Ireland, Jimmy White of England, Marco Fu of Hong Kong, Wattana Pu-Ob-Orm of Thailand, Shokat Ali of Pakistan, and Ding Junhui of China.

End/Saturday, June 28, 2003

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