The 2006 Taipei Lantern Festival will make Taipei city“a shining city of friendship”that mixes tradition and modern culture, Deputy Mayor of Taipei King Pu-tsung and Sun Tsui-feng, a Taiwanese opera diva, said yesterday at a news conference as the Chinese Lunar New Year draws near.
Lantern exhibitions and cultural activities have become an annual extravaganza in Taipei City and draw large numbers of visitors from near and far. This year's event will take place February 11-19 at the Chang Kai-shek Memorial Hall plaza.
A stylish dresser who performs traditional Taiwanese opera, Sun Tsui-feng said she shares the same characteristics as Taipei City - a mixture of tradition and modernism, a combination of primitive passion and diverse cultures.“I assume that's why I was invited to endorse the event for the second straight year,”she said.
穿著時尚的台灣傳統歌仔戲演員孫翠鳳表示，她與台北市有共同的特質 — 傳統與現代兼容並蓄；原始熱情與文化多樣性的結合 — 她說︰「我猜這大概是我再度受邀代言這個活動的原因。」
“That a lot of visitors come because of me is probably one of the other reasons,”she said half-jokingly.
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2006 is the Year of the Dog, and this year's lantern festival will be launched on the opening night with a theme story of a boy and his puppy Wan-Wan starting an adventure in multi-faceted Taipei to look for Wan-Wan's missing sister named Fu-Fu.
King Pu-tsung encouraged people across Taiwan as well as foreign friends to join the annual pageantry that receives considerable international attention.
Translated by Jessie Liu 翻譯：劉婉瑀