Free shows at World Flora Exposition opening on Nov. 3

Whangara Mai Tawhiti, a Maori traditional dance troupe from New Zealand, will also perform at the opening

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Members of Whangara Mai Tawhiti in Taichung (photo courtesy of Taichung Information Bureau)

Members of Whangara Mai Tawhiti in Taichung (photo courtesy of Taichung Information Bureau)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Free shows from domestic and international performing arts groups are scheduled for the evening of Nov. 3, when the Taichung World Flora Exposition opens at Shuinan Smart City, according to a news release on the website for Taichung's Information Bureau on Tuesday.

The Shuinan Smart City is located at the intersection of Kaixuan Rd. and Kaixuan 7th Rd. in the Xitun District.

According to the official website of the floral exposition, special opening shows will begin at 5 p.m. and last until 6:30 p.m. Following these shows, there will be performances by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.. After a short break, the performances will resume at 7:30 p.m., and end at 9 p.m..

Whangara Mai Tawhiti, a Maori traditional dance troupe from New Zealand is one of the featured international groups to perform at the opening, after having arrived in Taiwan on Monday. On Tuesday morning, they came to the opening venue to rehearse with Taiwan’s Chio-Tian Folk Drums & Art Troupe, according to the Information Bureau.

In 2017, Whangara Mai Tawhiti won the national title of Te Matatini, a biennial New Zealand festival highlighting traditional Maori culture, especially the performing arts, according to Taichung's Cultural Affairs Bureau.

All performances during the opening on Nov. 3 are free, the information bureau remarked. Refer to the floral exposition’s official website for more information.