Youths had a chance to develop their creativity by taking part in a summer programme. The 1999 Youth Arts Camp - Beijing, organised by the Hong Kong Arts Centre, was designed for youths aged between 12 and 17 who were interested in traditional arts. The Hong Kong participants, together with Beijing youths, took part in entertaining and informative activities at the 12-day camp in the Chinese capital. Programmes included workshops on Chinese painting, folk art and dance, and Beijing opera. Participants also had the chance to learn about traditional musical instruments, photography and other art forms. The Arts Centre's education programme director, Florence Lam Kam-fong, said she hoped young people would be able to develop their creativity through the camp. 'This is a unique experience. Youths from Hong Kong and the mainland can exchange ideas and understand each other's culture better. The participants can also visit famous sites on the mainland to stimulate their creative thinking,' she said.