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02 25

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.

01 22

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.

11 01

Rice-eating contest to be held alongside Taitung Hakka Festival

To promote Taitung’s high-quality rice and encourage people to learn more about the town’s farming culture and industry, taking “eating good rice” as a theme, a rice-eating contest will soon be held. The participants will get to eat locally produced rice and this is expected to make the festival even more vivacious. Time & date: 16:30-17:00, Saturday, November 10, 2018 Registration: From now until Tuesday, November 6. A total of 30 seats are available – 20 online and 10 on site. The seats will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Location: Fantasy Tiehua (No.26, Lane 135, Xinsheng Road, Taitung City). Please complete registration at the service counter before 16:00 on the day of the event, and take your competition no. card. Fee: None. Webpage: https://www.beclass.com/rid=223f0275bd97a365e85a. Eligibility: The contestant must be at least 20 years of age and does not suffer from any particular disease Activity rules: 1. A total of 30 contestants will compete at once, just to see “who is the fastest eater.” Each person will get a full bucket of rice and has to consume as much rice in three minutes. When time is up, the contestant whose bucket is the lightest wins the game. 2. The organizer will prepare tea and water for the contestants, who may also bring additional food to eat with the rice, such as soy bean curd and minced pork sauce. Registration: For any questions relating to registration, please call 089-237130 for Ms. Hsiao. Office hours: 08:30-12:00; 13:30-18:00, Mondays to Fridays. Prizes: 1.The champion will get a year-long offer of high-quality Taitung rice (12 months, 5 kg per month). 2. Each contestant will get a memorial mug of the 2018 Taitung Hakka Festival. Notes: 1. People who have stomach or heart disease are forbidden from registering for the contest. 2.The contestant should immediately stop eating if he or she feels uncomfortable during the contest, and tell staffers about the situation. 3. All acts must be stopped when the bell which marks the end of the contest rings. The contestants must not keep food in their mouths either. 4.If during the contest a contestant develops abnormal symptoms such as vomiting or turning pale, he or she must stop eating immediately and let professional medical workers on site to determine whether the contestant is still fit for the contest. 5.Once registered, the contestant agrees that he or she yields the right of publicity to the organizer, and that the organizer may use all photos, videos and sounds for public promotion uses (on its Facebook fan page, blog, etc.). 6.The organizer retains the right to adjust activity content for matters that need to be fulfilled.

09 28

2018 Taitung Hakka Festival - calling for dance troupes to join a competition

In chic clothing, we express creativity Through fabulous dance, we show passion Make your dreams come true on this stage And create the most beautiful memory with us Download the registration form at 👉https://reurl.cc/avrGQ Cash awards Champion: NT$10,000 (1) Second place: NT$6,000 (1) Third place: NT$4,000 (1) Best look: NT$3,000 (2) Best spirit: NT$3,000 (3) Popular star: NT$3,000 (2) Each team is limited to winning one prize. The team will be given the most favorable prize if it wins many. Hoever, no multiple prizes may be given to a single team. Encouragements To encourage people to join the dance competition, each selected team will be given cash encouragements for buying stage clothes and other materials, at NT$200 per dancer, other than free shuttle services (we will select teams from remote towns or teams of elderly dancers first). The organizer will also provide one picnic coupon to each dancer. The dancers are invited to join related activities at the competition site, too. Location & Time Time: Saturday Nov. 10, 2018 10:00-12:00 rehearsal 15:00-16:30 competition Location: Tiehua Music Village Registrants 15-40 dancers per group. The general public, students and teachers, arts groups, and community groups are all welcome. Registration Registration starts from now until October 15. After filling the registration form, please email it to green237130@gmail.com or fax it to 089-226320. After an initial review, we will inform the 10 selected teams to take part. For details of this competition, please contact our activity team during office hours (08:30-12:00; 13:30-18:00) at 089-237130 or 089-237128 (for Mr. Lu).

08 28

National Hakka Yimin Festival to take place in Hsinchu; premier dedicates incense to pray for a good year in Taiwan

Hsinchu Hakka Yimin Festival, a major local event held once a year, kicked off amid much solemnity at the Baozhong Yimin Temple of Xinpu today (26th). In conjunction with the temple’s 230th birthday and to spread Lord Yimin’s guardianship, premier Lai Ching-te attended the opening ceremony of the “2018 12 Hakka festivals - Yi Po Chian Chiu - Hsinchu Hakka Yimin Festival” in the morning, as accompanied by Hakka Affairs Council Minister Li Yung-te. Together the attendants showed their highest respect to Lord Yimin and prayed for a peaceful year in Taiwan. At the “shrine-passing” rite which is held to receive Lord Yimin, minister Li and premier Lai held up Lord Yimin’s sedan chair and the Yimin flag out of the temple carefully. This marked the start of the year’s round-the-town blessing ceremony of Lord Yimin. While giving his speech, the premier noted that Lord Yimin is the most important Hakka folk belief. During the Japanese Invasion of Taiwan which took place a century ago, many Hakka, Minnan and indigenous residents sacrificed their lives in protection of their homes, making it possible for their offspring to live and prosper. Such a loyal spirit played a crucial role in the cultural developments of ethnically-diverse Taiwan. The 2018 Hsinchu Hakka Yimin Festival is hosted by the county’s Xiashan villages. The festival is hosted by 15 village areas by turn, including Liujia, Xiashan, Jiuqionglin, Dayi, Fangliao, Xinpu, Wufenpu, Shiguang, Guanxi, Damaopu, Hukou, Yangmei, Xinwu, Guanyin, annd Xinan. These areas are located across 20 townships in Hsinchu and Taoyuan. Thus, the festival is regarded as the brightest religious-cultural event locally. Today (26th), for the 2018 Hsinchu Hakka Yimin Festival, a “sedan-settling ceremony” will be held in Xiashan after a round-the-town blessing parade is over. From 6pm to 9pm, activities such as “Peace in Life and Blessings of Food” and “Hakka Lion Dance Competition” will be held. From tomorrow (27th) on till Sept. 1, at the Yimin Temple of Xinpu, folk rites such as “setting up light poles,” “blessing theatre,” “presenting, altar-ascending, and lighting up funnel lamps,” and “releasing water lamps” will be held. In Xiashan, “Xiashan Folk Religion Festival (including offering sacrifices to ghosts)” and “Hakka Folk Theatre - Huashan Affections (by National Taiwan College of Performing Arts)” will also take place. All visitors are cordially invited to take part in this series of Yimin events, immersing in Hakka people’s unsophisticated hospitality and their charming culture.

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