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Taipei, Shanghai to jointly organize cultural expo

Taipei, Shanghai to jointly organize cultural expo

Taipei, Oct.28 (CNA) Riding on its success in promoting Taiwan's creative industry in China at an annual cultural fair in Beijing in the past few years, Taipei will join forces with Shanghai to organize a similar event next year, an official said Wednesday.
Taipei Deputy Mayor Lee Yong-ping said in an interview with the Central News Agency that the city has had a theme hall at the annual Beijing International Cultural and Creative Industry Exposition every year since 2007, which has turned out to be a very useful sales channel for local companies in the sector.
"At the height of the global financial crisis last autumn, Taiwanese exhibitors managed to obtain nearly NT$100 million (US$3.12 million) in orders at the 2008 Beijing cultural fair, " said Lee who also heads Taipei's Department of Cultural Affairs.
Encouraged by the continued spike in sales, local operators in the cultural and creative industry have been very keenly registering for this year's fair scheduled for December, Lee added.
Against this backdrop, she said, the city government is planning to collaborate with Shanghai to organize a cultural and creative industry exposition in the largest Chinese city next year to give people there a better understanding of Taipei's many attributes.
Lee said a series of cultural forums on a variety of themes will be held simultaneously to promote Taiwan's capital city.
Lee, who will travel to Shanghai Thursday for a dedication ceremony for the two Taipei halls at World Expo 2010, further said the city government is planning to organize a Taipei Culture Week in Shanghai next year as part of its efforts to attract Chinese tourists to an international flower show in Taipei.
The Taipei International Garden and Horticulture Exposition will take place between Nov.6, 2010 and April 25, 2011, Lee said, adding that she will take advantage of her upcoming trip to Shanghai to convince city authorities to help promote the event among Chinese citizens in the coming year.
The planned Taipei Culture Week in Shanghai will feature many activities, including a painting exhibition, theatrical and musical performances and a film festival that will include outdoor screenings of Taiwanese movies, Lee added.
In addition to attending the dedication of the 375-square- meter area for the two Taipei halls at the Shanghai World Expo, Lee will also preside over a ceremony to mark the start of the interior decoration of the two Taipei halls.
The displays in the two Taipei halls will highlight Taipei's achievements in building a ubiquitous broadband wireless network and in resources recycling, Lee said.
Saying that few cities in the world can match Taipei in terms of resources recycling, Lee promised that the city government will use the 2010 Shanghai World Expo to tout its success in waste reduction achieved by means comprehensive garbage classification and resources recycling.
"We have been so successful in waste reduction that our existing incinerators have not even reached their capacity and we will realize the goal of 'zero landfill' by the end of this year, " Lee said proudly.
In addition to its well-known tourist attractions such as night markets, Taipei 101 tower and the National Palace Museum, Lee said, Taipei has many other advantages that include a low crime rate, convenient public transportation system, many convenience stores and 24-hour Eslite bookstores.
"The city government will highlight our advantages at the Shanghai World Expo to let Chinese citizens know Taipei has one of the best living and travel environments for backpackers, young students and intellectuals," she added.
(By Chang Ming-kun and Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-06-14 01:22 GMT+08:00