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Are you ready for the Universiade's opening ceremony?

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade will open at 7 p.m. on Aug. 19 at Taipei Municipal Stadium. It will be the biggest international sports event the country has ever hosted, both in scale and the number of athletes — over 7,000 from 131 countries.

The highly anticipated opening ceremony will explore Taiwan's past, present and future and will be divided into separate chapters based on the themes nature, city and technology.

"Vibrant Island" will showcase Taiwan's diverse and colorful local culture; "Hybrid Taipei" will highlight the tastes, smells and friendliness of this city that brings together the traditional and the contemporary; and "Global Tribe" dives into the digital age, exploring the connections made possible by the internet.

Four hundred modern dancers and nearly 1,000 dancing school students will perform during the show. Among them will be Chien Pei-ju, former principal dancer at the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Billy Chang, the first Taiwanese member of Cirque du Soleil.

The musicians backing the performance will include international-award-winning violinist Tseng Yu-chien. Among the pop stars offering their vocal skills will be Leehom Wang, A-Lin and aboriginal band Boxing as well as other indigenous artists including Wang Sheng-yu, Sangpug, the Chu-Yin Culture and Arts Troupe and the folk music choir of Taiwu Elementary School.

The opening ceremony will be broadcast live on a big screen set up in the plaza outside Taipei City Hall. And in the run-up to the event, the city government will hold a "Uni Sports Meet" at the site, allowing people to form teams and compete in creative games like "pool soccer" and "head volleyball" as well as other sports with a fun twist, like table tennis played with unorthodox tools in place of rackets.

The cheer-leading team from University of Taipei's College of Kinesiology will also perform in the plaza before the live broadcast.

All 12,000 tickets for the opening ceremony have been sold.

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