Updated at 5.46pm: The Leisure and Cultural Services Department is inviting students to participate in a graphic design competition as part of the International Arts Carnival. The carnival is one of Hong Kong's largest annual festivals for children. Last year, it featured more than 480 events. A department spokesman said school students could participate in the competition. The competition, to design a poster promoting the arts carnival, is aimed at stimulating students' interest in design. Students are being invited to design a poster for the International Arts Carnival, which will hold a variety of activities - including Chinese acrobatics performance - from July 7 to August 13. The carnival, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will also present ballet shows by The Introdans from the Netherlands. Other programmes include outdoor fun days, outreach activities and workshops. Submissions to the design competition can be made on an individual or team basis. Each entrant could submit more than one design, the spokesman said. The size of the poster should measure 59cm by 42cm for the primary school section, and 76cm by 51cm for the secondary school section. 'The work should illustrate the aims of the carnival and encourage children and their families to enjoy the events together,' added the spokesman. The winner of each section will be awarded a book voucher worth $1,500. The first and second runners-up will receive a book voucher worth $1,200 and $800, respectively. A Best Cover Design Prize will be chosen from the winning entries and awarded an additional book voucher of $500. There will also be five outstanding entries in each section. Winners will receive book vouchers worth $500 each. Entries should be sent to the Festivals Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department before April 6.