Vi­brant Tai­wan cul­ture pa­rade

Central Leader - - MILESTONES - LIU CHEN

After a suc­cess­ful in­au­gu­ral event last year, New Zealand Tai­wan Day re­turns to Auck­land’s Aotea Square this week­end.

Var­i­ous Tai­wan-based and New Zealand com­mu­nity groups will gather to in­tro­duce the is­land’s arts, mu­sic, dance, cui­sine, scenery, eco­nomic ad­vance­ments and unique prod­ucts to vis­i­tors. An acro­bat­ics troupe from the Na­tional Tai­wan Col­lege of Per­form­ing Arts will per­form for 45 min­utes each day from 12.30pm.

‘‘They’re well trained pro­fes­sional artists, their per­for­mances are fun to watch and full of cul­tural char­ac­ter­is­tics,’’ Tai­wan Day or­gan­iser Stella Lu said.

While it’s ’’for fun and friend­ship’’, the cel­e­bra­tion was also an op­por­tu­nity for stall­hold­ers and vis­i­tors to hatch new ideas.

About 10,000 peo­ple at­tended the event last year to soak up the vi­brant per­for­mances and de­li­cious cui­sine, Lu says. Tai­wan and New Zealand have a long es­tab­lished con­nec­tion, given some his­tor­i­cal stud­ies sug­gest there is a clear lin­eage run­ning from Tai­wanese and Maori, or­gan­siers said.

‘‘We in­vite all com­mu­ni­ties from Auck­land to ex­pe­ri­ence the rich and colour­ful cul­ture of Tai­wan, and to build more un­der­stand­ing and friend­ship be­tween com­mu­ni­ties,’’ Lu said.

* Tai­wan Day is on September 9-10, 10am-6pm, at Aotea Square, Auck­land City. Free en­try.

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