A quick preview of the opening ceremony for the 2017 Taipei Universiade
By: Rana Yeh, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade kicks off officially on Saturday as the opening ceremony starts at 7 pm at Taipei Stadium, which is anticipated to gather over 7,000 athletes from 131 countries.
The Taipei City Government has prepared for six years for the biggest international sports event ever held in Taiwan. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will attend the opening ceremony and will announce the start of the games officially.
After a 19-month planning period, the highly expected opening ceremony will last for three hours and include three segments of cultural performances based on the themes of nature, city and technology, showcasing Taiwan’s characteristics to the world. All 12,000 tickets for the opening ceremony have been sold.
Taiwanese pop singers Leehom Wang, A-Lin, Taiwan’s first indigenous music band BOXING as well as other aboriginal artists including Wang Sheng-yu, Sangpuy, the Chu-Yin Culture and Arts Troupe and the folk music choir of Taiwu Elementary School will perform the Universiade theme song together on stage.