Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) The 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival will be the biggest in Taiwan's history, featuring more than 3,000 lanterns at a venue spread over 50 hectares, Yunlin County Magistrate Lee Chin-yung (李進勇) said on Tuesday.
"In addition to showcase a dazzling array of lanterns, there will also be stage performances for nine straight days to entertain visitors," Lee said during a preshow announcement in the morning.
On the opening day of the event, Yunlin-born fashion designer Goji Lin (林國基) will stage a runway event highlighting both traditional and contemporary designs.
Meanwhile, puppet master Huang Jun-hsiung (黃俊雄), who created one of the most enduring theatrical events in Taiwan's history, The Scholar Knight of Yunchou (雲州大儒俠), has also been invited to perform during the lantern festival.
According to Lee, the nine-day lantern festivities will also include performers from Spain, Japan, China and Thailand.
"This traditional, yet international event in Yunlin will feature 60 performances from 40 local and international performers. Visitors will be able to explore the festival with hand held lanterns, enjoy cultural performances and experience the spectacular scenes created by displaying thousands of gigantic lanterns," Lee said.
The lantern festival will be held at two sites: the main one at an agricultural park in Huwei Township and the secondary location in the neighborhood around Zhongshan Street, which is one of the oldest streets in Beigang Township. The Huwei site will be open from Feb. 11-19, while the one in Beigang will start four days earlier and run from Feb. 7-19.
(By Yeh Tzu-kang and Ko Lin)