Hundreds brave rain to attend int'l cultural event
CNATAIPEI--Hundreds of visitors braved the rain Saturday to gather in a Taipei plaza to get up close and personal with different cultures and arts from around the world.
October 6, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Despite the approach of Typhoon Fitow, the Shilin International Cultural Festival, organized by Taipei's Shilin District Office, attracted large crowds this year.
In its 13th year, the festival is aimed at giving Taipei residents a chance to experience a variety of musical and dance performances along with trying different exotic cuisines.
A total of 16 countries were represented in the event, including Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Turkey, Jordan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Swaziland, the Kingdom of Lesotho and The Gambia, the organizers said.
“We would like to use this opportunity to encourage our citizens to embrace different cultures,” said Hwang Wen-ting, the district office's director.
Those attending the event were treated to performances including a drumming show by the Taipei Japanese School, folk culture and traditional dances from Honduras and jazz music performed by students at the Taipei American School.
Among the performers was Marcus Bo of Haiti, who has been in Taiwan for five years and was participating at the event for the second consecutive year.
“We have prepared very authentic Haitian food and drinks, and we would love to use this opportunity for Taiwanese people to give it a try,” Bo said in fluent Mandarin.
There was a long line in front of the booth set up by the Haitian Embassy in Taipei, which prepared “diri ak djon djon,” or black mushroom rice, as well as cremas, a sweet and creamy alcoholic beverage.
It is hoped that events such as this will not only offer people a fun way to spend the weekend, but help broaden their perspectives and promote cultural exchanges.