Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade opens with dazzling spectacle and political strife

Protesters delayed entrance of athletes into stadium

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/08/19
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade opened in the Taiwanese capital Saturday to the sounds and hues of indigenous music, colorful dancing but also political disruption.

The August 19-30 event is the largest international sports happening ever hosted by the country, and features about 7,700 students from 141 countries and territories.

In the presence of an audience estimated at more than 20,000, artists of various hue presented the diversity of Taiwan’s culture.

In a segment heavy on indigenous symbols and design motifs named “Vibrant Island,” singers Yaga Tunga and Sangpuy Katatepan Mavaliyw, who won the Golden Melody Award for album of the year, brought the typical sounds of Taiwan’s original inhabitants.    [FULL  STORY]

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