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Submissions invited for second Hong Kong Heritage Awards

Submissions are now being called for the Hong Kong Heritage Awards (2004) until December 30.

Jointly organised by the Antiquities Advisory Board (AAB) and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department since 2001, the Heritage Awards aim to recognise and encourage people from different walks of life for their commendable achievements in heritage conservation and education.

Chairman of the board's Education & Publicity Committee Dr Chan Wai-kwan said there had been increasing concern and interest over heritage preservation in Hong Kong, and the community had contributed largely to the conservation and promotion of heritage in recent years.

"While efforts of the government were considered essential, participation and support of the general public were also important," Dr Chan said.

"The aim of the Heritage Awards is to give encouragement and recognition to community organisations, companies, institutions and schools for significant achievements in heritage preservation and conservation as well as education and publicity. They also aim to promote the preservation of heritage and foster the public a sense of cultural identity and belonging."

The Heritage Awards comprise the "Heritage Preservation & Conservation Awards" and "Heritage Education & Publicity Awards". The "Heritage Preservation & Conservation Awards" are to commend local community organisations, companies and institutions for significant achievements in the following areas of work: craftsmanship of restoration, creative restoration project; co-operation among different parties on the restoration project; creative and effective re-development of historical buildings; preserving regional historical landmarks in Hong Kong; arranging appropriate adaptive re-use of historical buildings and conserving the historical environment of heritage sites.

The "Heritage Education & Publicity Awards" are divided into the Community Category and School Category. Awards for community groups will be given to those who have significant achievements in the following areas: promotion of heritage research or publicity project; organising large-scale events on heritage preservation; opening up historical buildings with historical value to the public; providing sponsorships for major restoration projects or education programmes; donation of private land or property for heritage conservation causes; commendable efforts in the promotion of heritage or heritage tourism; and providing visitor facilities at heritage sites.

For School Category, awards will be given to those who excel in the design and promotion of heritage preservation curriculum; audio visual programmes on heritage preservation; heritage tourism projects; planning and promotion of heritage trails; andheritage preservation research projects.

All non-governmental organisations, community organisations, companies and non-profit making institutions in Hong Kong are eligible to submit entries for the "Heritage Preservation & Conservation Awards" and the Community Category of "Heritage Education & Publicity Awards". All universities or tertiary institutions, secondary schools, primary schools or similar education institutions in Hong Kong are eligible to submit entries for the School Category of "Heritage Education & Publicity Awards".

Participating organisations are eligible for only one entry. The projects submitted must either be started or completed between January 1, 2000, and December 30, 2004.

There will be one honour award and five merit awards for each category. The winners will be awarded a trophy. The adjudication panel comprises local and overseas professionals and scholars. The results will be announced in mid-2005 and winners will be notified individually.

Application forms are now available at the AMO, Enquiry Services Centre of Home Affairs Department at 18 districts, Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong City Hall, Tsuen Wan City Hall, Sha Tin City Hall, Kwai Tsing Theatre and Yuen Long Theatre. The form can also be downloaded from the AMO website: Completed application form and required materials should reach the AMO by 5pm on December 30.

An exhibition on winning entries of Hong Kong Heritage Awards (2001) will be held at various districts to enhance public understanding of the heritage projects of the winners. Details are as follows:

Date: October 2 to 20
Venue: Exhibition Gallery, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
Address: 72 Tai Hoi Road, Tsuen Wan

Date: October 25 to 27
Venue: Exhibition Gallery, Shatin Town Hall
Address: 1 Yuen Wo Road, Shatin

Date: November 2 to 10
Venue: Exhibition Corner, Yuen Long Theatre
Address: 9 Tai Yuk Road, Yuen Long

Date: November 23 to 25
Venue: Exhibition Gallery 3, Hong Kong Central Library
Address: 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay

Date: December 6 to 10
Venue: Exhibition Gallery, Tuen Mun Town Hall
Address: 3 Tuen Hi Road, Tuen Mun

Date: December 22 to 27
Venue: Cultural Activities Hall, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre
Address: G/F, 111 Shau Kei Wan Road, Hong Kong

For enquiries, please call 2314 7157.

Ends/Thursday, September 30, 2004
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