Huge painting by 1,000 students at HKJC Community Festival sets new Guinness World Record

03/04/2015 18:16

The Community Festival being held by The Hong Kong Jockey Club over the Easter holidays to celebrate its 130th Anniversary attracted over 10,000 visitors on its opening day today (3 April). This large-scale community event at Sha Tin Racecourse and Penfold Park features a wide array of “edu-tainment” activities for the public enjoyment.

“This year marks the Jockey Club’s 130th Anniversary. We are very pleased to have organised this Community Festival here in Sha Tin as one of our celebration programmes,” said Club Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges at the Festival’s opening ceremony. “Over three days, Sha Tin racecourse and Penfold Park will offer a series of activities for kids and teenagers, as well as young adults, parents and grandparents so that they can spend time together.”

  • Club Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges says the HKJC Community Festival, which began at Sha Tin Racecourse today, is all about partnership and celebration.
    Club Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges says the HKJC Community Festival, which began at Sha Tin Racecourse today, is all about partnership and celebration.

A highlight of today’s programme was the setting of a new Guinness World Record by over 1,000 local primary and secondary school students, who joined forces to create a huge fingerprint painting of horses under the leadership of Engelbrecht-Bresges and renowned cross-media artist Simon Ma. The painting is over 230 metres in length and over 150 square metres in total size. After checking the feat, Guinness World Records adjudicator Dong Cheng confirmed on the spot that it was the largest-ever fingerprint painting in the world, then presented a certificate to Engelbrecht-Bresges. This record-breaking painting will be on public display throughout the HKJC Community Festival to promote the Club’s pioneering spirit of “dare to try and innovate”.

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Officiating today at a ceremony to start the making of a huge fingerprint painting of horses, in a bid to set a Guinness World Record, are Club Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges (photo 2, 2nd left); Director of Corporate Business Planning and Programme Management Scarlette Leung (photo 2, 1st right); renowned cross-media artist Simon Ma (photo 2, 1st left); Manchester United football legend Denis Irwin (photo 2, 2nd right); and representatives  of the student participants.
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    Officiating today at a ceremony to start the making of a huge fingerprint painting of horses, in a bid to set a Guinness World Record, are Club Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges (photo 2, 2nd left); Director of Corporate Business Planning and Programme Management Scarlette Leung (photo 2, 1st right); renowned cross-media artist Simon Ma (photo 2, 1st left); Manchester United football legend Denis Irwin (photo 2, 2nd right); and representatives of the student participants.
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Before the world record breaking attempt of horse painting by 1,000 students started, Engelbrecht-Bresges called on everyone to ride high together for not only the new world record, but also for a harmonious community in the years ahead.

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    Under the support of community ambassadors from the Club’s 130th Anniversary Progressing Together cheering team, who make their debut dance performance during the carnival, over 1,000 primary and secondary school students join hands to create a huge Guinness World Record-breaking fingerprint painting.
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  • Club Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges (centre) receives a certificate from Guinness World Records adjudicator Dong Cheng (2nd right) in recognition of today’s record-setting fingerprint painting, joined by Club Director of Corporate Business Planning and Programme Management Scarlette Leung (1st left), renowned cross-media artist Simon Ma (1st right), Manchester United legend Denis Irwin (2nd left ) and participating students.
    Club Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges (centre) receives a certificate from Guinness World Records adjudicator Dong Cheng (2nd right) in recognition of today’s record-setting fingerprint painting, joined by Club Director of Corporate Business Planning and Programme Management Scarlette Leung (1st left), renowned cross-media artist Simon Ma (1st right), Manchester United legend Denis Irwin (2nd left ) and participating students.
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Another high spot of today’s event, which tomorrow’s visitors will also be able to enjoy, was the opportunity to meet and play football with Manchester United legend Denis Irwin. This initiative is aimed at encouraging young people to showcase their potential in pursuit of their dreams. A football skills assessment platform has also been set up in collaboration with Manchester United for local teenagers born between 2001 and 2003. Today, over 100 talented young people joined the assessment, hoping to win the chance to train with MU’s youth players in the United Kingdom.

  • Manchester United legend Denis Irwin showcases his football skills at the carnival today.
    Manchester United legend Denis Irwin showcases his football skills at the carnival today.

Other guest participants in the event included 11 community ambassadors from the Club’s 130th Anniversary Progressing Together cheering team, who were dancing along the Club’s anniversary celebration song “Progressing Together” in different zones.  Their debut energetic performance was aimed at instilling energy into the visitors, encouraging them to cheer for others to unleash their potential in any endeavours.  The dance has also spread the Club’s joy in progressing together with the community over the past 13 decades.

Admission tickets for the three-day HKJC Community Festival were distributed to members of the public through free online registration. It features nine activity zones for visitors of all ages, arranged around six key themes: Inspiration and Fun, World Records on Show, Let’s Be Active, Live Performances, Horse Encounters and Delicacies & Collectibles. All are aimed at showcasing the Club’s determination to keep riding high together with the people of Hong Kong for a better future.

The range of “edu-tainment” activities includes interactive family games, DIY workshops, comprehensive fitness assessments and many more, allowing participants to learn more about the Club’s community contributions as well as how to practise healthy and environment-friendly living, and ways of building a harmonious family.

Also featured at the Festival is a series of exciting displays and performances, including show jumping and eventing demonstrations by the medal-winning HKJC Equestrian Team, and special performances by the internationally-renowned theatrical production CAVALIA, whose debut shows in Hong Kong are now under way.

There is also a display of 10,000 papier mache eco-horse sculptures at Sha Tin Racecourse, along with valuable original master works by celebrated Chinese artist Xu Beihong.  Taking inspiration from Xu’s Galloping Horse painting, the sculptures have been made from recycled paper under the “Ten Thousand Galloping Horses, United With One Heart” Installation Art and Education Project, organised by The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and funded by the Club’s Charities Trust.

  • Photos 13, 14, 15 Other “edu-tainment” activities organised for the public’s enjoyment during the three-day Easter carnival include demonstrations by the HKJC Equestrian Team (photo 13); special performances by internationally-renowned theatrical production <em>CAVALIA</em> (photo 14); a display of eco-horse sculptures made under the “Ten Thousand Galloping Horses, United With One Heart“ Installation Art and Education Project (photo 15).
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    Other "edu-tainment" activities organised for the public’s enjoyment during the three-day Easter carnival include demonstrations by the HKJC Equestrian Team (photo 13); special performances by internationally-renowned theatrical production CAVALIA (photo 14); a display of eco-horse sculptures made under the "Ten Thousand Galloping Horses, United With One Heart" Installation Art and Education Project (photo 15).
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