Taiwan students to head to Africa for cultural exchanges

2013/09/02 14:03:59

Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) Students from Taipei National University of the Arts are gearing up to bring a taste of local culture to Africa when they visit Burkina Faso and Sao Tome and Principe this month.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday that a professor from the school and 12 students will depart Sept. 4 on their two-week tour, which will see them showcasing folk songs, traditional martial arts, modern dance and a unique percussion performance consisting of sounds from drumming everyday objects and even their own bodies.

The group also plans to hold workshops to interact with people from the two countries, both of which enjoy formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the ministry said.

Deputy Foreign Minister Simon Ko said the trip will help strengthen ties with the two African nations at a time when Taiwan is working to boost cultural exchanges.

"I hope the students will take this opportunity to deepen bilateral exchanges and friendship," Ko said.

David Wang, director-general of the ministry's Department of West Asian and African Affairs, will lead the group on the trip, the ministry said.

This is the second consecutive year that the ministry has invited university students to head to Africa for cultural exchanges, the ministry said.

(By Elaine Hou)
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