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Buddy Bears Design Competition invites entries

Hong Kong people have an opportunity to let their imagination run wild and design a Buddy Bear for display with more than 130 Buddy Bears designed by local and overseas artists at the Central Lawn of Victoria Park.

As one of the major fringe activities of the United Buddy Bears Exhibition, a major public art event, the Buddy Bears Design Competition is now inviting applications until May 30, aiming to develop Hong Kong people's creativity and deliver the message of love and peace through art.

Participants can show their creativity by adding colours and graphics on a 35cm-high white mini Buddy Bear.

The competition consists of Individual and Group Sections. The Individual Section is divided into three groups by age: Group A (age 12-17), Group B (age 9-11) and Group C (age 6-8). The Group Section is also divided into three categories: Primary, Secondary and Open Group. Open Group has no age limitation.

As the mini Buddy Bears are manufactured overseas and the exhibition is a fund-raising activity, participants are required to pay $200 as material and transport fees. The application quota is 280 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 now until May 30 to Major Events Unit, 3/F., Leisure and Cultural Services Headquarters, 1-3 Pai Tau Street, Sha Tin. Application forms are available in the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD)'s District Leisure Services Offices.

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

Participants should submit their painted Buddy Bears to the Major Events Unit at the above address no later than noon on June 11.

Each participant should submit only one entry. The winners will be notified of the results individually. A prize presentation ceremony will be held on June 27 in Victoria Park. Outstanding entries will be displayed on that day. All entries will be returned to participants after the exhibition.

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

Ends/Sunday, May 23, 2004
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