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02 23

Taichung to hold Xin Ding Ban Festival

The 2018 Xin Ding Ban Festival of Taichung, held by Dongshi District Office, Taichung City, will take place amid much fanfare from March 2 (Fri.) to 4 (Sun.), 2018 in Dongshi, a mountain town of Taichung. Internationally renowned designer Cheng Yung-chi created a visual theme which emphasizes “Xin Ding Ban” for the festival. The theme is accompanied by special illustrations which highlight Dongshi’s nature and culture. Calligraphic writings by young talents bring all modern and traditional elements together, making the festival site lively, joyful, and welcoming. To further create a festive atmosphere, in Dongshi Old Train Station and Hakka Culture Park and Wenhua Street, there are art installations which introduce Dongshi’s local features. For sure, these places are adorned with bright red lanterns. It can be said that the festival site is an innovative, gigantic piece of landscape art. From the lunar New Year till the Lantern Day, visitors can expect to have a carnivalesque experience in Dongshi. Finally, a modern, 400-centimeter-tall installation and an impressive wood sculpture “Xin Ding Ban” awaits people at Dongshi Bridge Entrance ( Dongshi side). On February 24 (Sat.) and 28 (Wed.), at Fuxing Temple and Liyu Gong Park of Shicheng, Cuan-Le-Ge Puppet Troupe and Ming Hwa Yuan Arts & Cultural Group will give outdoor performances. From March 1 to 3, at the main stage of Dongshi Old Train Station and Hakka Culture Park, one show will be performed at 7pm. On March 1, Ming Hwa Yuan will dedicate a special Taiwanese opera show “Story of the Dark Warrior”. On the Lantern Day of March 2, Rom Shing Hakka Opera Troupe will tell the “Story of a Salt Jar.” On March 3, famous Hakka singers Liu Shau-Hi and Ayugo Huang will sing for visitors. Local Hakka music groups such as Abibai Live Band, JanuS Band, Hungyun Women’s Music Association Chorus, Dongshi Farmers’ Association Zhongruan Class, and Sounds of Dajia River Chorus will play traditional Hakka music and sing traditional mountain songs and modern songs to celebrate the event. More fun activities are to take place. For two days in a row on March 2 and 3, at Dongshi Old Train Station and Hakka Culture Park, a 60kg Xin Ding Ban will be on display. A Ding Ban-making contest for teams and a “passing down happiness” event will be held. At temples near Wenhua Street, similar activities will take place, such as Ding Ban-making contests for individuals, as well as rituals for people to ask for a new baby from gods, for good luck at work and school, and for general blessings in life. “Firecracker attacks” as a kind of celebration will kick off, too. All these are especially designed for visitors to explore hospitable Dongshi. The organizer cordially invites people to visit Taichung’s mountain town, Dongshi. The Council for Hakka Affairs values local cultural development and makes sure visitors have an enjoyable Hakka cultural experience during the lantern festival. For more information, go to Xin Ding Ban Festival of Taichung at http://www.tcsdb.com.tw/index.php.

10 05

Registration for countryside sports game has started

Registration for the Oct. 28 sports game already kicked off! Only 30 places are available, so register with your friends fast! This is a game for those who love adventures. The participants must complete each challenge within limited time. Each team may consist of four members. Physical strength and team spirit are the keys to wining the game. The team which finishes all the challenges in the shortest time is the winner. [Rules] Four people makes a team (two men, two women, at least 16 years of age). Each time, four teams will take the challenges together. The challenge may be completed either individually or as a team. The teams will have to take the flags at the ending point to show that they have completed the challenges. [Content] Climbing Mountains: The four members of a team must climb a dirt wall. Ropes will be provided. Crossing Barriers: The four members of a team must jump through an area that's filled with car tiles. Hunting in the Mud: The four members of a team must find six balls of the same color in the mud. Working Together: The four members of a team must roll the straw circle to a designated place. The Great Archer: The four members of a team must shoot the straws to a designated spot. Sending Supplies: The four members of a team must send a pole to a designated site. Throwing Balls: The four members of a team must make a line in a 3 by 3 grid. Flags of Victory: The four members of a team must pass a wood walk and take their flag. [Awards] Champion: 1 trophy and a cash prize of NT$15,000 2nd place: 1 trophy and a cash prize of NT$8,000 3rd place: 1 trophy and a cash prize of NT$5,000

09 13

Activity schedule for Zhao'an Hakka Cultural Festival (Oct. 1-28, 2017)

Yunlin’s Zhao'an Hakka Cultural Festival is one of the 12 major Hakka festivals in Taiwan. Here are the content and locations of the activities held: Title Date Time Content Location Beautiful Hakka Villages Oct. 1 (Sun.) Opening ceremony 16:00-17:00 Torch event Zhao’an street parade Opening event: Perfect Hakka Thousand-people fire dragon parade Hakka puppetry Little Hakka speakers Qikan martial arts show Lunbei Township Parking Lot / downtown area 17:00-18:30 18:30-19:00 19:00~20:30 20:30-21:30 Fire Dragon Parade Oct. 1 (Sun.) 15:00-16:00 Bamboo handicrafts art DIY class: making of a paper torch Torch event Zhao’an street parade Thousand-people fire dragon parade Auspicious Zhao’an: group performance Chongxian Temple, Shuibiantou 16:00-17:00 17:00-18:30 Lunbei Township Parking Lot / downtown area 19:00-20:30 20:30-21:30 Lunbei Township Parking Lot Journey to Qikan / Qikan Martial Arts Festival Oct. 8 (Sun.) 08:00-12:00 Journey to Qikan Lunxi Community Park, Erlun Township Qikan martial arts experience Lion drumming experience Learning Qikan’s martial arts Qikan Martial Arts Festival Autumn Hakka Cycling Tour Oct. 14 (Sat.) 09:00-15:30 Hakka village cycling tours Hakka villages in Lunbei and Erlun Zhao’an Hakka singing Hakka language games 15:30-16:10 Under-the-tree music concert Let’s Enjoy Hakka Gourmet Food Oct. 15 (Sun.) 09:00-16:00 Hakka banquet model display Zhao’an Hakka Culture Center 09:00-16:00 Display of historical materials about the eight largest Hakka villages locally 09:00-10:00 Baiguan music ceremony 10:00-11:00 Variety show by representatives of the eight local Hakka villages 11:00-12:00 Shuiwei puppetry Laihui Cultural Tour Oct. 15 (Sun.) 08:30-11:00 Making of grass and bamboo daily-life objects Laihui Elementary School, Erlun Township DIY class: making of sorghum brooms 11:00-12:00 Hakka language games 14:00-17:00 Hakka old-house guided tour Laihui Community, Erlun Township 09:00-16:00 Exhibition of early farming tools Laihui Activity Center, Erlun Township Soy Sauce, Tea& Autumn: Xiluo Hakka Tour Oct. 21 (Sat.) 09:00-17:00 Zhao’an village tour (Advanced reservation required at 05-5861444) Hakka villages in Xiluo, Lunbei and Erlun 10:00-12:00 Xiluo stories Yanping Old Street Museum, Xiluo Oct. 22 (Sun.) 10:00-16:00 Hakka village tour (Advanced reservation required at 05-5861444) Hakka villages in Xiluo, Lunbei and Erlun 09:30-11:3014:30-16:30 Hakka tea ceremony (Advanced reservation required at 05-5861444) Yanping Old Street Museum, Xiluo Nanzi & Sanhe Hakka Tour Oct. 21 (Sat.) 08:30-13:00 Hakka language games Nanzi Old Sugar Factory Terminal, Erlun (arts village with colorful grafitti) Zhao’an children’s singing DIY class: making of Hakka rubber stamps / rubbing Hakka stories Zhao’an Specialties Fair Zhao’an Arts & Culture Fest Oct. 22 (Sun.) 09:00-15:00 Xiwang Fest Guanyin & Buddha Temple, Shenkeng, Erlun Hakka language show Hakka rice ceremony Double Ninth Festival in Seven Zhao’an Villages Oct. 28 (Sat.) 09:00-11:00 Old ancestor worship Chongyuan Hall, Futian Neighborhood, Xiluo Township

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