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Events in memory of Shakespeare to be held in Taiwan

Events in memory of Shakespeare to be held in Taiwan

Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) A series of events to mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of British playwright and poet William Shakespeare will be held in Taiwan later this year as part of world-wide celebrations of the bard and his legacy, the U.K.'s representative to Taiwan said Wednesday. The British Council in Taipei, which is responsible for cultural and educational affairs between Taiwan and the U.K., is planning a series of Shakespeare events from 2014 to 2016, British Trade and Cultural Office (BTCO) in Taiwan Director Chris Wood told the media. The events are set to kick off in the coming months, the office said, adding that details have yet to be finalized. Shakespeare, seen as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist, died in 1616 aged 52. Wood also announced an upcoming visit to Taiwan by the lord mayor of the City of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf, as part of the British government's efforts to enhance trade cooperation between the two countries. Woolf's trip to Taiwan and Hong Kong in mid-January "will be her first overseas visit outside Europe since she became lord mayor in November," Wood said. During her stay in Taiwan Jan. 14-15, she is scheduled to meet senior government officials, politicians and business representatives to discuss opportunities for greater collaboration in financial and professional services, the BTCO said. Issues of offshore Chinese yuan services, as well as Taiwan's planned free economic pilot zone and the opportunities they could provide to international firms will also be touched upon, it added. Meanwhile, as Taipei prepares to host the Universiade in 2017, the United Kingdom looks forward to greater collaboration with the city and sharing its London Olympics experience and expertise, Wood told reporters. "So we will be bringing a trade mission of U.K. sports-related businesses to Taiwan in March," he added. The U.K. is also seeking further cooperation with Taiwan in the cultural and creative industry now that Taipei has been designated the 2016 World Design Capital, Wood said. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2020-11-30 06:45 GMT+08:00