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16th anniversary celebrations light up Campaign calendar from July 1
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     A host of "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign events will celebrate the 16th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland from July 1.

     The Festival of 16th Anniversary Reunification Celebration and "LOVE SHARING" Kick-off Ceremony will be held at the following locations, where game booths, bargain sales booths, cultural performances and variety shows will be open to the public.

* Noon to 5pm        Southorn Playground, Wan Chai
* 12.30pm to 4.30pm  Soccer Pitch No. 1,
                     Chai Wan Park, Yee Sing Street,
                     Chai Wan
* 2pm to 5pm         Sheung Wan Cultural Plaza
                     (at the junction of Morrison
                     Street and Wing Lok Street)
* 2pm to 4pm         The square at Ap Lei Chau Estate
* 2pm to 6pm         Hang Hau Sports Centre, Sai Kung

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     Young people in Kowloon City District will celebrate the 16th anniversary with soccer matches on July 6 and 7.

     Sixteen teams will compete for the Challengers' Cup and the Winners' Cup in the Kowloon City Invitational Youth Soccer Competition in celebration of the 16th anniversary.

     Matches will be held on the hard-surface mini-soccer pitches No. 1 and No. 2 at To Kwa Wan Recreation Ground on Ha Heung Road, To Kwa Wan. Spectators are welcome.

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     The long-awaited Hong Kong Ani-Com Summer 2013 is a signature event of the "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign.

     The launch ceremony of the event will be held concurrently with the Comics and Animation Summer Carnival 2013 on July 6 at Soccer Pitch No. 4 at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay.

     The carnival, a core programme of Hong Kong Ani-Com Summer 2013, is being organised by the Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association.

     Young people, students, animation lovers and comic fans, as well as the general public, are welcome to enjoy a wide variety of fun and exciting activities such as virtual reality shows, game booths, animation screenings, comic painting demonstrations and cosplay shows, plus live music including a performance by the band 3Think.

     The carnival will also showcase the creativity of local talents in comics and animation. Shortlisted entries from the Mascot Design Competition will be on display, and visitors will be able to vote for their favourite designs.

     The winning mascot designs will be adapted for use in promotional materials for the "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign.

     The carnival programme and free-admission tickets can be obtained via the website www.anicomcarnival.com/?page_id=5.@

     Details of the eight core programmes and six fringe programmes for Hong Kong Ani-Com Summer 2013 are available on the website www.acsummer.hk/en.

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     On July 7, the Junior Chamber International Bauhinia will hold the 6th Beloved Knowledge, Share Together - Thousand People Reading Classic "Di Zi Gui".

     The Chinese title of "Di Zi Gui" refers to standards for being a good student and child, and the book presents the moral principles, virtues and discipline put forward by wise men in ancient times.

     Participants will meet at Southorn Playground in Wan Chai, and together they will read out extracts from "Di Zi Gui". The event organiser would like the public to put the standards into practice in their daily lives so as to foster strong family relationships and boost family harmony.

     Enquiries about the event can be emailed to reading2013@bjc.org.hk.

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     More than 20 events will be held in support of the Campaign this week. They include the Gala Concert of 2012/13 "School Care Subsidy Scheme" - Care & Concern Concerts, to be held at Olympian City 2 on July 6; the 10th Dance on Islands, to be held at the Auditorium of Tsuen Wan Town Hall in the afternoon of July 7; and Summer Arts for Families, which is being held at the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's various performing arts venues through July and August.

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     All these events support the "Hong Kong: Our Home" public participation campaign, which aims to inject positive energy into society, foster social cohesion and promote care, mutual help and solidarity in the community.

     More than 220 Partner Organisations have so far pledged their support for the Campaign.

     Altogether, the Government and Partner Organisations are organising more than 700 events/activities under the four supporting themes of the Campaign from the end of April to the end of December this year.

     Full details of the Campaign can be found on the website www.hkourhome.gov.hk.

Ends/Sunday, June 30, 2013
Issued at HKT 11:00

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