From October 18 to November 20, Hong Kong will witness a series of activities highlighting Latin American art, culture, tradition and products. The Latin America 2005 Festival aims to strengthen the relationship between South America and Asia, increase awareness of Latin American culture and encourage Hong Kong people to visit Latin America. It is organised by a group of consulates in the SAR - Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. To be held alongside the Latin Passion Festival, which is organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Latin America 2005 Festival offers tango and salsa workshops, lectures on Latin American traditional music, talks on the culture, as well as photo and art exhibitions. Most of these activities are free, including a two-day outdoor fiesta at Victoria Park. In the afternoon of October 29 and 30, the public can enjoy an extraordinary show which brings together the best Latin American performers and local artists. There will be an introduction to Fandango traditions, Peruvian music, Brazilian samba, Argentine tango and salsa. New York-based Latin musician DJ Henry Knowles will jam with local percussion ensemble of Aldo De Bongo, Gabbard, Victor Geronimo and De Kai. Singer-songwriter Chet Lam Yat-fung and the world-famous Vocal Sampling from Cuba will collaborate. For bookworms, a book exhibition, 'A Journey to Latin America', will be showcased at the Central Library in Causeway Bay throughout October. A wide spectrum of materials with the focus on the history, travel, literature and art of Latin America has been selected. A writing competition for secondary school students, hosted by Xinhua Book City, is now accepting entries. They can be in the form of poetry or prose, and describe your perception of Latin America. Works should be submitted by September 30. For application and enquiries, call 3550 5834 or send an e-mail to Jessica.ho @newchinabooks.com A series of exhibitions featuring photographs and artworks will be held at Sha Tin Town Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Foyer, Fringe Club and State of The Arts Gallery at 78 Queen's Road Central. A beach party has been scheduled for November 6 at Pui O Beach on Lantau Island. Visit www.latinfestival . gov.hk for details of the Latin America 2005 Festival and the Latin Passion Festival.