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Buddy Bears Design Competition invites applications

The question of how young people can develop their creativity and deliver the message of love and peace through their artistic creation may soon be answered through a Buddy Bears Design Competition.

As one of the major fringe activities of the United Buddy Bears Exhibition - a major public art event, the competition will start enrolment from tomorrow (April 19) until May 30, aiming to develop young people's creativity and deliver the message of love and peace through art.

Participants can fully utilise their imagination and creativity by painting a 35cm high white Buddy Bear.

The competition consists of two sections: Individual and Group. The Individual Section comprises three groups by age: Group A (age 12-17), Group B (age 9-11) and Group C (age 6-8). The Group Section comprises three groups: Primary Group, Secondary Group and Open Group. As the Buddy Bears have to be manufactured overseas and delivered to Hong Kong and the competition is a fund-raising activity, participants are required to pay $200 for material and transport costs. The application quota is 280. Entries will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Participants should submit the completed application forms and fees by mail or in person during office hours from April 19 to May 30 to Major Events Unit, 3/F., Leisure and Cultural Services Headquarters, 1-3 Pai Tau Street, Sha Tin. Application forms will be available in the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD)'s District Leisure Services Offices on April 19.

Once the application is accepted, participants will be notified by letter to collect a white Buddy Bear for the competition.

Participants should send their painted Buddy Bears by noon on June 11 to the Major Events Unit at the above address.

Each participant should submit only one entry. All entries will be displayed in Victoria Park on June 27 and will be returned to participants after the exhibition.

The United Buddy Bears Exhibition, a major public art event being held in Hong Kong for the first time, will be staged at the Central Lawn of Victoria Park from May 16 to June 27.

More than 130 big and colourful Buddy Bears will be displayed to promote love, peace, solidarity and public art. Admission is free. During the show period, a variety of fringe activities will also be held.

The exhibition is organised by LCSD, the Home Affairs Department, the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation and BUDDY BEAR BERLIN and assisted by the Tourism Commission, the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hong Kong.

The exhibition will also help raise funds for the Hong Kong Committee for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Community Chest of Hong Kong and the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation.

For details of the competition, please call Ms Fung of the LCSD Major Events Unit at 2309 1027.

For further information and enquiries of the exhibition, please call 2414 5555 or visit LCSD's website: .

Ends/Sunday, April 18, 2004
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