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Canada Day carnival in Taipei to kick off this weekend

2012/06/27 21:46:30

Taipei, June 27 (CNA) A carnival to celebrate the national day of Canada will kick off Saturday in Taipei, featuring food, live music and sports activities to give visitors a taste of Canadian culture, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei said Wednesday.

Visitors to the free two-day festival will be able to enjoy Canadian food and drinks, fine arts and performances by bands from Taiwan and abroad, as well as play a little hockey, the office said.

On Sunday, Anvil, a Canadian heavy metal band, will hold a ticketed performance at Huashan 1914 Creative Park, the venue of the festival, the office added.

In addition, Scott Fraser, executive director of the office, said a consular team will be at the festival to provide information for overseas Canadians and staffers will also introduce a working holiday program in Canada for Taiwanese youth.

Fraser said he hopes visitors will get "a more expanded impression”of Canada through the festival, which organizers hope will attract 30,000 visitors.

"I hope people will learn more about Canada, not just as a place to go on vacation, but also as a place to go to study and do business,”Fraser said.

He said the event could be one of the largest Canada Day celebrations around the world this year, and called on the public to join the celebrations of the 145th birthday of Canada.

The national day of Canada falls on July 1 every year.

(By Christie Chen)