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A week of interesting art events coming up

     Eighty young artists from 15 countries and territories including Hong Kong will take part in the International Children Painting Competition 2012/13 from August 26 to 30.

     Artists aged from 12 to 18 will paint a variety of subjects on-site ranging from pandas at Ocean Park to stilt houses in Tai O.

     It is the first competition of its kind in Asia and is a highlight event of the "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign.

     Organised by the Promotion of Young Artists Foundation, the artists have been selected for their outstanding work among more than 11,500 initial competition entries.

     Spread over five days, the artists will be taken to seven landmark locations in Hong Kong for on-site painting - Ocean Park, Stanley Plaza, Tai O Heritage Hotel, Cathay City, Hong Kong International Airport, MTR Hong Kong Station and Central District, and the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront.

     At the end of each day, one painting will be selected as the Best of the Day, while four others will be selected as Merits of the Day. All selected paintings will go through to the final judging day on August 31 at the Y-Loft, Youth Square, Chai Wan.

     In addition to the first, second and third prizes for individual winners, the competition will also present 10 merit prizes. A grand prize will also be awarded to the best performing school team.


     Another event organised under the International Children Painting Competition is the Guinness World Records Official Attempt at the "Longest Painting By Numbers", to be held at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in the area outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, on August 30 from 12.30pm to 5pm.

     The attempt, which will involve the support of more than 2,000 people, seeks to set a new world record by achieving a length of 1,000 metres. The painting will feature the skylines on both sides of Victoria Harbour.

     Officiating guests and around 100 local and international young artists will paint the first 40-metre section of the painting at the launch ceremony. An adjudicator from Guinness World Records will be present at the attempt.

     At around 6pm, all of the 40-metre to 50-metre sections will be assembled together to form the 1,000-metre painting. The current Guinness World Record for the longest painting by numbers is 959.35 metres.

     Locals and tourists are welcome to join this world record breaking attempt, and can sign up to attend outside the venue starting from 1pm.


     Art lovers should also make a special effort to visit the "Touching Moment" Art Exhibition, to be held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui from August 26 to September 1.

     The exhibition is organised by the Youth and Family Services Section of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals' (TWGHs) Community Services Division to promote the importance of human love and relationships.

     Earlier this year, the TWGHs invited its 29 service units to submit artwork for an exhibition, and it received about 138 contributions in February.

     Following assessment by three groups of judges, 47 artworks were selected for the exhibition, 23 of which were chosen as "Judges' Recommendations".

     The collection on display will include seven love letters, 21 photos and 19 handicraft items. In addition to their beauty, each work includes a loving message from the creator.

     An opening ceremony will be held at 2.30pm on August 26 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Tsim Sha Tsui. The programme includes cultural performances and a sharing session to be led by radio programme host Ms Tang Oi-lam.

     Admission to the exhibition is free. All are welcome.


     On August 31 the names of the champions, first runners-up, second runners-up and the merit award winners of the Hong Kong Ani-Com Summer 2013 Mascot Design Competition will be announced at the prize presentation ceremony to be held alongside the closing ceremony of the Hong Kong Ani-Com Summer 2013 at Kowloon Park Arcade, Tsim Sha Tsui.

     The designs focus on the four themes of the "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign - "Vibrant Hong Kong", "Hip Hong Kong", "Caring Hong Kong" and "Fresh Hong Kong".

     Co-organised by Create Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association, the competition attracted 646 entries.

     A professional jury formed by representatives of the comics and animation industry, the education sector and the Government shortlisted four entries in each of the four categories for public voting on the official website, and a grand total of 4,301 votes was received during the voting period from July 6 to 26.

     To mark the unveiling of the mascots for the "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign, souvenirs with the winning mascot designs will be distributed at the venue.

     The souvenirs will also be distributed at the 1st Anniversary Fun Day of the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars to be held at Kowloon Park, Tsim Sha Tsui, on October 5, and the International Comic Arts Exhibition to be held at Comix Home Base in Wan Chai from November 17 to December 17.

     An exhibition of the mascot design competition will be held alongside the closing ceremony. Admission is free.


     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 support for the Campaign.

     Altogether, the Government and Partner Organisations are organising more than 900 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

Ends/Sunday, August 25, 2013
Issued at HKT 11:00


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