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United Buddy Bears Exhibition becomes an attraction in Hong Kong

The United Buddy Bears Exhibition, displaying more than 130 pieces of art at the Victoria Park, a place familiar to everyone in Hong Kong, has become a signature event in the city.

In the week since its opening on May 15, many people have visited the exhibition which will continue until June 27.

Visitors to Victoria Park can hardly miss this spectacular exhibition as more than 130 two-metre tall Buddy Bears are put together to form a huge circle in a diameter of 65 metres. The Buddy Bears, standing hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder, bring out the messages of peace, love and solidarity, which are also the themes of the exhibition.

As the Buddy Bears are designed and painted by artists from Hong Kong and different countries all over the world, the patterns and colours of each and every Buddy Bear are distinct with cultural colours. Visitors can therefore learn about different cultures by viewing these big and unique pieces of art. Information panels are also set up to help visitors understand the creative concepts of the artists.

Happy faces of adults and children are often seen at the showground during Sundays, when various fringe activities are being held. These fascinating activities include music performances, workshops for handicrafts and bears production, bears colouring and painting activities, story telling corner and bouncy castle etc. Buddy Bear souvenirs are also put on sale at the showground during Sundays.

As the exhibition is targeted at all walks of life, special guided tour services and sports activities are provided for primary and secondary schools and elderly centres during weekdays. Interested schools and elderly centres can make prior enrollment for these activities.

The United Buddy Bears Exhibition, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the Home Affairs Department, the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, the Buddy Bear Berlin, supported by the Tourism Commission, Hong Kong Tourism Board, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, is being held at the Central Lawn of Victoria Park from 8am to 10pm until June 27, 2004. Admission is free.

Fringe activities for the public will be held from 2pm to 6pm on Sundays. All are free of charge except the Buddy Bears Painting Workshop and the Buddy Bears Design Competition. Prior enrolments are required for some of the activities.

For further information on the Buddy Bears, the exhibition and the fringe activities, please call 2414 5555 or visit the following websites:

Ends/ Saturday, May 22, 2004
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