Chase the wind at fun kite festival

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 December, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 December, 1997, 12:00am

What better way to start 1998 than by taking part in the Provisional Regional Council's Kite-Flying Festival? The annual event, which has achieved widespread popularity in recent years, comprises workshops, a competition and a fun day.

Those aged 12 and above can join four free workshops, which will be held at Sha Tin and Tuen Mun Town Halls (January 4 and 11), Tsuen Wan Town Hall (January 5 and 12) and Lai King Community Centre (January 8 and 15).

All materials will be provided and instructors will explain the art of making kites.

A competition will allow kite enthusiasts to put their skill and creativity to the test. Individuals, families and organisations should submit their kites on January 17.

The kites should not bear any commercial, pornographic or political messages.

Contestants will assemble at the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) to fly their kites, which will be assessed on the basis of design, craftsmanship and power of flight.

The Fun Day will mark the climax of the festival and fans can come and fly their own kites or those provided by the Regional Services Department (RSD).

Instructors will be on hand to offer tips.

A free bus service will be provided between pick-up points and the HKSI.

Application forms for the workshops and competition are available now at the RSD's district offices in Kwai Tsing, Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun.

The deadline for application is January 12.

Acceptance is on first-come- first-served basis.