TAIPE (Taiwan News) – A former military dependents' village in Pingtung City has been turned into a showcase for artistic lights as part of the 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival.
The former military dependents' village, the Victorystar in Pingtung (V.I.P.) Zone (勝利星村), occupies a few blocks in downtown Pingtung City with 70 historic mansions that used to house high-ranking military personnel and their families. The V.I.P Zone is now used as one of the venues for the 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival.
The light displays of different themes, performances, and temporary marketplaces at the V.I.P Zone in the evenings have immersed the area around the intersection of Zhongshan Rd. (中山路) and Qingdao St. (青島街) in the happy atmosphere of the Lunar New Year.
The other venue of this year’s Taiwan Lantern Festival is at the Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area. The Dapeng Bay venue, where the bulk of light displays and performances are set to take place, will be open from Feb. 19 to March 3.
Pingtung County Magistrate Pan Men-an (潘孟安) said that the 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival will present performances that unfold on land, at sea, and in the air at Dapeng Bay in Donggang Township, providing visitors with an overwhelming sensual experience.
Performance highlights at Dapeng Bay will include Intel Drone Light Show and performances by the world-renowned French aquatic performance troupe ilotopie to highlight the uniqueness of the aquatic setting, according to the county government.
Performances on the main stage will feature "a main theme and a main show" at Dapeng Bay, every night during the festival, including performances from Voalá of Spain that combine aerial acrobatics and dances, a Korean drumming troupe, and Taiwan’s U-Theatre drumming troupe.
(The following photos are courtesy of Geroge Liao)