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Deadline for the second Hong Kong Heritage Awards extended
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The entry deadline for the Second Hong Kong Heritage Awards (2004) has been extended to January 31, 2005 to facilitate interested parties to prepare for their entries.

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

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; and heritage 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 Antiquities and Monuments Office, 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: http://www.amo.gov.hk .

For enquiries, please call 2314 7157.

Ends/Friday, December 10, 2004
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