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Posters show the visual kaleidoscope of world culture

More than 400 posters collected from 46 countries and regions will be showcased at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum from tomorrow (November 25) until May 19, 2008, offering viewers a visual kaleidoscope of world cultures.

The exhibition, "Beyond the Surface - Hong Kong International Poster Triennial 2007", organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Hong Kong Designers Association, presents outstanding poster designs of different countries.

The exhibition's opening ceremony was held today (November 24). Officiating guests included the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Thomas Chow, the Chairman of the Hong Kong Designers Association, Mr Eddy Yu, and two judges of the adjudication panel for a competition of the triennial - Mr Han Jiaying from Mainland China and Mr Stanley Wong from Hong Kong.

Mr Chow said that since the triennial was first held in 2001, it had continued to grow with an increasing number of participants and participating countries/regions. Also it had become a significant event in the designers' circle.

"The triennial event consists of three parts - an open competition, an exhibition and a seminar. These activities not only document the development of poster design, but also foster cultural exchange at an international level," Mr Chow said.

This year, the triennial's competition was well-received. A total of 2,252 pieces of works were submitted by 737 designers. The entries were grouped under four categories: "Ideological", "Promotion of Cultural Events", "Commercial and Advertising", and "Thematic - Children".

Based on their visual impact, creativity, effectiveness of communication, persuasive power and excellence in execution, 249 sets of poster works were selected for display in the exhibition. Gold, silver and bronze have been awarded for each category and eight poster works have been awarded Honorable Mention.

Representative poster works by the six judges of the competition, including Stanley Wong Ping Pui (Hong Kong), Han Jiajing (Mainland China), Shin Matsunaga (Japan), Garry Emery (Australia), Anette Lenz (France) and Rick Valicenti (USA), are also featured as testimony to their creative achievements.

Located at 1 Man Lam Road in Shatin, the Heritage Museum opens from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 10am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays. On Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve, the museum will close at 5pm. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Admission is $10, with a half-price concession for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and full-time students. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

Car parking is available at the Heritage Museum. Those who prefer to use public transport may take the KCR to the Che Kung Temple station, which is within five minutes' walk of the museum.

For enquiries, call 2180 8188. For details of the exhibition, visit the Heritage Museum's website at .

Ends/Saturday, November 24, 2007
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