Trade freedom and cultural exchanges between East and West offers Hong Kong artists boundless possibilities. The remarkable work of masters and the flourishing of budding artists have taken Hong Kong art to new frontiers. The evidence is now there for all to see in this year's Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition - a top event on the local art calendar. Aimed at encouraging the development of art and artistic talent, the exhibition is the 13th of its kind and runs until February 24. Over the years, it has produced more than 100 award winners, many of whom have become prominent artists. Organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the event includes more than 40 exhibitions, seminars, workshops and video shows and is a feast for the eyes. It received a record-breaking 2,200 entries, from which adjudicators selected 126 works to go on display at the museum. Magic at Street Level: China - Hong Kong Pavilion in the 49th International Exhibition of Art, Venice Biennale is more than a long title. It features work by three renowned artists, Leung Chi-wo, Ho Siu-kee and Ellen Pau. Employing mixed-media installation, the exhibition sheds light on the modern urban experiences. The exhibition made its debut in Venice, Italy, last June. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council joined forces for the first time to take part in the festival. Their efforts have helped promote Hong Kong art on the international stage. To tie-in with the SAR exhibition, an open forum, The East - The West - The Cultures - The Assimilation, will be held on Saturday at 2.30 pm at the museum, with Dr Tao Ho, Liu Tianci, Wang Yiping, Wen Jiehua and Tao Jie as the speakers. The forum, conducted in Cantonese, is free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The museum is at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, and is open from 10 am to 6 pm daily, but closed on Thursdays (except for public holidays) and on the first two days of the Lunar New Year. For inquiries, call 2721 0116.