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LCSD promotes arts as an essence in school learning

Details of the "2004/05 School Culture Day" (SCD) and "2004/05 School Arts Animateur"(SAA) schemes, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) with support of the Education and Manpower Bureau were announced at a press conference and briefing session today (May 7).

Present were Senior Manager (Audience Building), Cultural Presentations Section of LCSD Tanny Hui and Senior Curriculum Development Officer (Music), Education and Manpower Bureau K M Tai.

Students are encouraged to visit performing arts venues, museums and libraries under the SCD scheme during school hours in the school year to take part in cultural programmes specifically designed for them by special arrangements between the participating schools and LCSD.

Ms Hui said, "We hope that students will be encouraged to cultivate an actively creative mind and regard arts, history and science as part of their learning elements and an integral part of everyday life through the SCD scheme."

More than 100,000 students from 320 schools participated in cultural activities ranging from performing arts, museum visiting to library events last year, a satisfactory figure under the shadow of SARS. The scheme had been implemented since 2001.

Ms Hui also released details of the SAA scheme which was jointly organised by LCSD and professional performing arts groups with proven experience in arts education and artistic standard to promote an appreciation of performing arts among students and stimulate their creativity. The contents may include workshops, demonstrations, performances and exhibitions, depending on the concept and design of the projects.

The SAA scheme, which offers more in-depth arts training, has been carried out for 12 years. Last year more than 2,000 students from 77 schools participated in various workshops of arts training and the number of students attending demonstrations exceeded 29,000. It is hoped that schools and performing arts groups will share their experience and opinion with LCSD to enhance the quality of the schemes. By stimulating their interest and curiosity, students may build up their personalised learning mode.

Projects and arts groups in this year's SAA scheme include "School Modern Dance Animateur Scheme" (City Contemporary Dance Company), "A Multi-media Dance Education Project" (Hong Kong Ballet), "School Musical Animateur Scheme" (The International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong)), "Multi-media Theatre-in-Education Scheme" (Zuni Icosahedron), "School Drama Animateur Scheme" (The Prospects Theatre) and "'Learning through Drama Activities' Drama-in-Teaching Scheme"(The Exploration Theatre).

For details of the schemes and downloading the application forms, please visit LCSD's homepage . Application forms can also be obtained from the Audience Building Office, Cultural Presentations Section of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department at Podium, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. The completed form should reach the above address not later than 5,30pm on June 7 (Monday) by mail, in person or by fax at 2370 8295. Please quote "School Culture Day Scheme" or "School Arts Animateur Scheme" on the envelope.

For enquiries, please call 2268 7268.

Ends/ Friday, May 7, 2004
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