Organised for the twelfth year since 1983, the triennial Central and Western District Festival (the Festival), with “Playful Families in the Central and Western District” as the theme this year, aims to bring the three messages of “youth development” , “good parent-child relationship” and “participation in community affairs” to residents of the Central and Western District through an array of activities.
Creativity and innovation are important in this age, where children are encouraged to enrich their living and experience, youngsters to put their vision into action. In this connection, we hope, by consolidating district resources such as providing venues and promotional support, that youngsters are given the opportunities to design funny parent-child activities covering a range of social issues for participation of families with children in the district. Participants may reach out to the community to discover the local landmarks, acquire problem solving skills and exercise their imaginations. In addition to the parent-child activities to be organised during and after the Festival, we also support the social enterprise’s efforts in providing more information on parent-child learning and understanding the community via Facebook (e.g. “Don Hau Jai” Facebook) in a bid to promote resources sharing. A guide, designed to provide information on parent-child activities in the community on the obverse side and turn into paper game at the back, is also published for this year’s festival to allow parents and children to exercise their imaginations to explore the local landmarks together through senses of hearing and smell. With the support of the kai fong associations, the education sector, the business sector and the social service sector in the district, as well as the boundless innovation of youngsters, we are able to achieve the vision of rallying efforts of all sectors for resources sharing.
It is an enormous challenge to organise such a large-scale event combining traditional concepts with innovative ideas in a great diversity of activities. With the support of the Central and Western District Council, enthusiasm and dedication of the Organizing Committee, generous donation of sponsors and patrons, concerted efforts of local personalities and active participation of social enterprises, I am confident that the Festival will be a great success under the cross-sectoral collaboration.
Families and members of the public are all welcome to join us and have fun together.