Hong Kong (4th January, 2017) – The AIA Great European Carnival is breaking away from the traditional carnival this year by offering more than rides and games, but integrating an array of health and fitness activities into the Carnival. The Carnival teams up with some of Hong Kong’s national sport associations to showcase fitness and skill activities starting January 5 through till the end of the Carnival.  
 
The six Associations that will be participating - Hong Kong Shuttlecock Association, Hong Kong Football Association; Hong Kong Baseball Association, Hong Kong Rugby Union, Hong Kong Cricket Association and Hong Kong Dragon Boat Association, all of which will be showcasing their workshops and activities at different times throughout the event. Carnival goers who look for showing off their fitness skills in addition to their game skills can’t miss the sports programmes!
 
Programmes by Hong Kong Shuttlecock Association, 5th January, 12-3pm 
Hong Kong Shuttlecock Association will hold public workshops including shuttlecock skills demonstration, free shuttlecock performance, interaction with visitors on basic shuttlecock skills and coaching. 
 
Programmes by Hong Kong Football Association, 14th, 22nd January and 2rd , 5th February, 3:00-5:00pm
Hong Kong Football Association experts will not only demonstrate and teach the public some football skills, but they will also play games and give away football gifts. Hong Kong Premier League will also join the coaches at the Carnival. 
 
Programmes by Hong Kong Baseball Association, 7th, 19th, 21st and 25th January, 3:00-6:00pm
Hong Kong Baseball Association will engage and teach the Carnival goers the basic skills and techniques of baseball including catching, throwing and batting. Demonstrations of skills whilst short mini games will be played during the session. Limited baseball souvenirs will be given away for participants.
 
Programmes by Hong Kong Rugby Union (date to be announced)
Hong Kong Rugby Union will hold school workshops providing rugby related agility and movement games catered to all ages and abilities taking part.
 
Programmes by Hong Kong Cricket Association,12th, 15th,27th January and 4th February, 3:30-5:30pm
They will teach the techniques of batting, throwing, catching, stopping boundary balls & reaction skills. Contestants will run six stations to complete each activity and the quickest ones will get prize. Cricket fans will be thrilled to learn that the Association is giving away keychains, water bottles, and free tickets for the Hong Kong vs Netherlands game in February.
 
Programmes by Hong Kong Dragon Boat Association, 4th February, 12-3pm
Trial of paddle machine at the Carnival will be held from 12-2pm, followed by 200 metres race competitions on live stage from 2-3pm. Anyone is welcome to join!
 
The above programmes can be subject to change. Please visit www.tgec.asia/events/ for further information. 
 
Please download the Carnival’s images: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9b1B1w8NeGNdU56WEdRUkhxbTg
 

ABOUT THE GREAT EUROPEAN CARNIVAL (TGEC)

The Great European Carnival Ltd (TGEC) is the producer of the annual Hong Kong event called The AIA Great European Carnival. The Great European Carnival takes place between December and February each year, on the Central Harbourfront Event Space. The event features amusement rides, carnival skill games, seasonal markets and performances on a community stage. This year the Carnival will run at the Central Harbourfront Event Space from 16th December.

The Carnival welcomed one million Hong Kong and international guests in 2015-2016 and has had the honour of winning MarketingMagazine’s Best Event Consumer, Best Sponsorship Activation, Gold in Excellence in Event Marketing, Gold in Excellence in Best Partnership Awards in 2015 and Golden Globe for Best use of Social Media in Marketing at the Golden Globe Tiger Awards for Regional Marketing Excellence (Asia) in 2016.  

ABOUT AIA HONG KONG and AIA MACAU
AIA Hong Kong and AIA Macau are subsidiaries of AIA Group Limited. AIA Group Limited established its operations in Hong Kong in 1931. We have approximately 12,000 financial planners*, as well as an extensive network of brokerage and bancassurance partners who serve more than 1.8 million customers*. Our products range from individual life, group life, accident, medical and health, personal lines insurance to investment-linked products with numerous investment options. We are also dedicated to providing superb product solutions to meet the financial needs of high net worth customers.
* As of July 2016

ABOUT AIA

AIA Group Limited and its subsidiaries (collectively “AIA” or the “Group”) comprise the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group. It has a presence in 18 markets in Asia-Pacific – wholly-owned branches and subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Macau, Brunei, a 97 per cent subsidiary in Sri Lanka, a 49 per cent joint venture in India and representative offices in Myanmar and Cambodia.

The business that is now AIA was first established in Shanghai almost a century ago. It is a market leader in the Asia-Pacific region (ex-Japan) based on life insurance premiums and holds leading positions across the majority of its markets. It had total assets of US$181 billion as of 31 May 2016.
 
AIA meets the long-term savings and protection needs of individuals by offering a range of products and services including life insurance, accident and health insurance and savings plans. The Group also provides employee benefits, credit life and pension services to corporate clients. Through an extensive network of agents, partners and employees across Asia-Pacific, AIA serves the holders of more than 29 million individual policies and over 16 million participating members of group insurance schemes.
 
AIA Group Limited is listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the stock code “1299” with American Depositary Receipts (Level 1) traded on the over-the-counter market (ticker symbol: “AAGIY”).