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Launch of Heritage Fiesta December 2011

To tie in with Hong Kong's International Conference on Heritage Conservation 2011 on December 12 and 13, the Commissioner for Heritage's Office of the Development Bureau and the Antiquities and Monuments Office will jointly present Heritage Fiesta December 2011 for the public to discover more about the city's built heritage.

During Heritage Fiesta December 2011, members of the public are invited to visit 16 selected historic buildings and to join a conservation laboratory tour at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum on various dates in December.

Describing the programme of events, a spokesman for the Development Bureau said today (November 15), "Numerous historic buildings are well-preserved in Hong Kong. The Heritage Fiesta is a great opportunity for the public to enjoy and appreciate a selection of 16 historic buildings in different parts of Hong Kong. They can also learn some 'behind-the-scenes' secrets involved in heritage conservation and restoration by joining the conservation laboratory tour."

The 16 selected historic buildings are:

Hong Kong Island

* Central Ordnance Munitions Depot (Little Hong Kong) (Crown Wine Cellers)
* King Yin Lei
* King's College
* Lo Pan Temple
* St Stephen's College
* Bethanie (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts)
* The Helena May

Kowloon

* Ex-Ma Tau Kok Animal Quarantine Depot (Cattle Depot)
* Ex-Royal Air Force (RAF) Station (Kai Tak), Officers' Quarters Compound, RAF Officers Mess (Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University)
* Former Kowloon British School (Antiquities and Monuments Office)
* Former Whitfield Barracks, Block S61 and S62 (Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre)
* Hong Kong Observatory
* North Kowloon Magistracy (Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong Campus)
* Tung Wah Museum

New Territories

* Island House (Island House Conservation Studies Centre)
* Old District Office (North) (Law Ting Pong Scout Centre, New Territories East Region, Scout Association of Hong Kong)

All Heritage Fiesta activities are free of charge. While most historic buildings welcome walk-in visitors, some require pre-registration or admission tickets. Guided tours will also be arranged in selected locations. Details can be found at the Annex.

Admission tickets for King Yin Lei will be distributed at the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre at Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, beginning on November 19 (Saturday) from 10am to 5pm.

Each open day at King Yin Lei will have two morning sessions, from 9.30am to 11am and 11am to 12.30pm, and two afternoon sessions, from 2pm to 3.30pm and 3.30pm to 5pm. Each person may obtain a maximum of four tickets in any one session on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of 16,800 tickets will be distributed to the public.

Visitors are recommended to view a documentary film on the preservation and restoration of King Yin Kei before the visit, which is available at the heritage conservation website (www.heritage.gov.hk).

There are no parking facilities at any of the 17 venues. Members of the public are advised to use public transport to access the venues.

The International Conference on Heritage Conservation 2011, entitled "Conservation and Development - Partners or Rivals?", is a two-day conference and will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It aims to provide industry members from around the world with an opportunity to engage in an in-depth exchange of experience on heritage conservation in the urban context.

For details of the International Conference on Heritage Conservation 2011 and Heritage Fiesta December 2011, please visit the dedicated website (www.heritageconference2011.hk) or call the Commissioner for Heritage's Office at 2848 6230.

Ends/Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Issued at HKT 17:49

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