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Vice president and HAC minister attend opening ceremony of Liudui Sports Game

Sports players of the 12 townships and districts of Liudui across Kaohsiung and Pingtung gathered up at Pingtung County Neipu Junior High School in the morning today (16th). Having been trained for a long while, the players are to compete against one another at the two-day 2019 54th Liudui Sports Game. Hakka Affairs Council Minister Lee Yung-de, who is from Liudui, expressed his sincerest wishes for the event, hoping to see that it becomes better and better each year and held continuously throughout generations, as this will help to pass down Hakka culture. Vice president Chen Chien-jen also attended the occasion on behalf of president Tsai Ying-wen. Serving a ball together, He and Lee announced the start of the game. At the opening ceremony held in Neipu Junior High School, high-ranking HAC officials and staffers first entered the site. They were followed by sports players who showed off the farm produce and specialties of their towns in parade teams. This year’s organizer, Neipu Township Office, has especially arranged a 23-member Harley-Davidson motorcycle team led by magistrate Chung Ching-chen. As a relay torch was lit and a Liudui flag was set, the attendants were all thrilled. Other than the sports game and a farmers’ market, “Night of Liudui Hakka Music” will be held. Famous local Hakka bands, such as San Geou Tai Youngsters’ Band and Sheng-Xiang & Band, will dedicate a few songs. In this warm season when flowers bloom, the organizer cordially invites all to join Liudui Sports Game. Other than all kinds of exciting games, visitors are free to try Liudui food and appreciate Hakka countryside. Liudui Sports Game is definitely worth a visit.

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Celebrating its 55th anniversary, Hakka Folk Song Festival plays resounding music

The four-day Hakka Folk Song Festival will start today (24th) in Zhudong, Hsinchu. Township magistrate Luo Chi-hsiang cordially invites fans of Hakka singing to visit Zhudong and listen to resounding Hakka songs. First held by former magistrate Ku Sui-chang in 1965, the festival is in its 55th year now. In fact, this annual event has been held non-stop like a relay race. The festival will start with a street parade joined by 18 teams consisting of neighborhood and community members. From Zhudong Train Station to Hakka Opera Park, the parading teams will manifest the hospitality of Hakka people. Following suit, “National treasure” Hsu Hsueh-chuan, a master artist of folk singing, will sing the festival’s theme song. Winner of the Best Hakka Album of the Golden Melody Awards Wang Feng-chu will also to her hometown to sing with her twin grandchildren for the public. Township magistrate Luo Chi-hsiang noted at a press conference that the Hakka Folk Song Festival features a four-day traditional folk singing competition, in addition to folk singing cultural display, a 55th anniversary exhibition, two Hakka opera shows by Songxing Hakka Troupe, and a joyous open market. At the DIY classes, visitors can make limited-edition Hakka lion packing tapes, bamboo cicada toys, Hakka silk prints, and Zhudong-edition leather reels. Visitors may also want to join Hakka dialect adventure games and children’s drawing contests. What’s more, students of Dongtai Senior High School will present sweet Hakka rice cakes and fruit sculptures. At the closing and award ceremony held on February 27, JF Taiko Drumming Group, Golden Melody Awards winner Urban Cat, and young Hakka singer Huang Wei Jie will all dedicate a few performances. A prize draw will be held to distribute gifts.

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Rules for the 2019 Zhudong Sky-mending Day Hakka Mountain Singing Parade

Time: 09:00-10:30, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 Route: Zhudong Train Station - Hakka Theatre Park Eligible participants: Government-registered community development associations, government-registered public groups, and/or members of the general public Registration: Period: From now until Jan. 31, 2019. Delivery: Fax or deliver in paper form to Civil Affairs Dept., Zhudong Township Office. Fax no. / Address: (03) 5961247 / No.88, Donglin Road, Zhudong Township, Hsinchu County. Contact person: (03) 5966177 ext. 504 - Ms. Lin. Rules: This year’s parade theme is “celebrating Sky-mending Day through Hakka mountain singing.” Each participating team must present themselves with elements of Hakka mountain singing and Sky-mending Day, and dress up accordingly. Each team may have maximum 20 members. They may invent slogans on their own. On the day of the event, parade judges will assess the teams’ overall performances from the start to the end, including checking-in, teaming up, the parade, and theatre-park shows. The shows may take any form and be presented in all methods. The teams are free to express their creative ideas with a Hakka spirit. However, there should be no political assertions, and the content of the shows must not break the moral orders of society. Parade schedule: Time Content 08:30~09:00 Checking-in 09:00~09:20 Photo-taking / Morning exercises 09:20~09:50 Parade starts: Zhudong Train Station - Hakka Theatre Park 09:50~10:30 Cheerleading show Performances by parade teams 10:30~11:30 Opening ceremony Prizes: Each team which registers for and attends the parade may receive a NT$3,000 performing reward and a creative encouragement gift. Six teams will be selected for the following prizes: Best Team x 2: NT$10,000 and a certificate of merit. Best Costume Design x 2: NT$10,000 and a certificate of merit. Best Creativity x 2: NT$10,000 and a certificate of merit.





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