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Taiwanese troupe honored at Berlin carnival

2012/05/29 12:31:29

Berlin, May 28 (CNA) A Taiwanese performance troupe of schoolchildren stood out from among nearly 100 groups to win an award Monday for its overall performance at the Berlin Carnival of Cultures over the weekend.

The group from Jianshan Elementary School in Kaohsiung was one of three groups at the annual event to win the prestigious award, encompassing general performance, musical skills and formations.

The young children, dressed in costumes representing Taiwan's aboriginal tribes, performed folk songs and ancient tunes of the Bunun tribe on Saturday.

The next day, they beat drums and danced to Samba music in a nine-hour street procession that attracted more than 4,000 performers from 99 performing arts groups.

School principal Lin Jung-yi accepted the award on the open-air stage in Berlin Monday while the children were away performing with a local band in Halle in central Germany.

Wu Tschen-fong, Taiwan's deputy representative to Germany, and several Taiwanese expatriates and students, showed up to congratulate Lin on the honor.

Two other groups won awards at the carnival for best floats and two were honored as the best teen groups.

The Berlin Carnival of Cultures is one of the biggest annual cultural events held in Germany's capital. It began in 1996 in the city's Kreuzberg district, home to many of Berlin's immigrants, and has evolved into a festival of food, concerts and dance performances.

Organizers expected the carnival to attract 1.5 million visitors this year.

(By Lillian Lin and Kendra Lin)