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Free archery carnival is right on target


The art of traditional archery and a variety of other entertaininment will be on offer at a free carnival next Sunday (October 26) from 2pm to 5pm at the Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground, Hong Kong.

Organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal defence in association with the Asian Traditional Archery Research Network, the "Archery Traditions of Asia" carnival is the first of its kind in Hong Kong to provide the public with an opportunity to better understand the art and to join in some archery-related activities.

A wide range of programmes, such as demonstrations on Chinese (including Tibetan), Mongolian, Korean, Japanese and Bhutan traditional archery; horseback archery; lion-dance performance; martial arts performance; traditional dance performance and games stalls will be included in the carnival. Participants will also have an opportunity to take a ride on a pony.

First Bus No 82S will provide a free shuttle service between Chai Wan MTR station and the Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground on that day from 1pm to 5pm. For more details about the carnival, please call 2569 1429.

Also, a seminar on archery will be held next Saturday (October 25) from 1pm to 5pm at the Lecture Hall of the Museum of Coastal Defence. Seven speakers from the United States and Asia will introduce the archery culture and bowmaking craft of China, Bhutan, Korea, the Middle East and Japan. Conducted in Mandarin and English (with simultaneous interpretation), the seminar is free with 40 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance enrolment is required. Application forms are now available at the Museum of Coastal Defence and from its website:

An exhibition on the art of archery is currently being staged at the Museum of Coastal Defence. It features 200 historical bows, arrows and figurines related to archery, revealing the history of traditional archery of China and other Asian regions as well as the folklore, rituals and the construction of traditional bows and arrows.

The Museum of Coastal Defence is located at 175 Tung Hei Road, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong. It opens from 10am to 5pm and is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays). Admission is $10 and half-price concession is applicable to full-time students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above. Admission is free on Wednesdays. For enquiries, please call 2569 1500.

Ends/Monday, October 13, 2003

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