Mayor hopes to see Paper Windmill Theatre relocate to Taoyuan, Taiwan

Fire brings about competition between cities, counties to entice Paper Windmill Theatre to relocate

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Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan

Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) would like to see the Paper Windmill Theatre relocate to Taoyuan City after the performance art troupe's studio in New Taipei City burned down Saturday morning (June 6).

Even though the group suffered losses estimated at NT$50 million (US$1.6 million), performances planned for Taoyuan will continue, the China Times cited the mayor as saying.

There has been a lot of cooperation between the group and the Taoyuan City Government, the mayor said, citing this year's plan for the Minnan Festival and planned performances at schools and temples around the city. The mayor said he had directed the Department of Cultural Affairs to support efforts to continue productions.

The mayor said he called Paper Windmill Theatre director Lee Yong-fong (李永豐), soon after the fire broke out to tell him that all the events planned in the city will continue and that these plans can be delayed if Lee's troupe is unable to make it on time.

As a number of cities and counties compete to attract the theatre company, Cheng said if Lee chooses Taoyuan, the city will actively help it relocate. However, the mayor said he will respect whatever the final decision may be.