Colorful spectacle closes off Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade

Indigenous music and Taiwanese culture play main roles at ceremony

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/08/300
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan bid farewell to the 12 days of the Taipei 2017 Summer

Rock band Chairman brings Taiwanese culture at the Universiade closing ceremony (footage courtesy of CTS).

Universiade with a dazzling show full of percussion music and exotic color Wednesday evening.

The celebration started out to the beat of drum music with mixed indigenous Taiwanese and African flavors paying tribute to farmers and fishermen for their hard work followed by rock music in the language of Taiwan’s Hakka minority.

Rock band Chairman served up a mix of Taiwanese songs while they were joined on stage by giants in colorful costumes.

Following an hour of music, there was one minute of fireworks with the traditional entrance of the athletes behind their national flag as Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je, his wife, and Vice President Chen Chien-jen looked on and waved. The Argentine delegation wore wigs in the Taiwanese national colors and actually brought in the official Taiwanese flag, while Team Canada unfurled a banner reading “Thank you, Taipei” in Mandarin Chinese.    [FULL  STORY]

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