Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Taiwan Day: Celebrating friendship & Culture

The recently held NZ Taiwan Day 2024 celebrated friendship, culture, and trade between the two countries.

In its 6th year, the two-day, free, family event at the Victoria Convention Centre, was packed with food stalls and activities for kids and adults alike. The launch of the well-orchestrated NZ Taiwan Day was attended by dignitaries from Taiwan as well as power brokers from the Taiwan Business Association, Police, Members of Parliament, and city councillors including Maurice Williamson and Sharon Stewart, who spoke of their long association with Taiwan.

Drumming up the excitement at the launch of the vibrant NZ Taiwan Day was the Taiko medley celebrating The Year of the Dragon by Kumo Taiko. Other highlights included a thunderous kapa haka by Nga Hau E Wha, followed by an awe-inspiring performance by acclaimed Amis-Taiwanese singer-songwriter, actor, dancer Suming Rupi and his entourage.

Winner of several international awards, the founder of the Amis Music Festival in Taiwan is dedicated to expanding the festival’s connection with indigenous cultures across the world.

From martial arts demo by young students to tai chi sword dance by seniors, the evening had a huge draw with several activities that included a floral show, the art of calligraphy, puppet-making and paper cutting. It also included a ‘Chinese Culture Experience Trip’ where participants could take part in 16 different fun activities and tick them off a challenge card to win prizes.

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