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Brazilian office launches 'cultural corner' to boost ties

2017/04/17 22:00:00

Taipei, April 17 (CNA) Samba music, coxinhas, as well as soccer and capoeira performances, are just some of the Brazilian experiences the country hopes to share with Taiwan, said Fabio Franco, director of the Commercial Office of Brazil to Taipei.

Launching a "cultural corner" inside the office on Monday, Franco said he hoped to introduce as many cultural elements as possible to boost people-to-people exchanges with Taiwanese.

"It's a small corner with a big heart," said Franco, who invited nearly 200 guests from both Taiwan and the expat community to enjoy live music from Sururu na Roda at the opening ceremony.

The group was awarded the title of Best Samba Group at the Brazilian Music Awards in 2014.

The cultural corner is a symbol of greater Taiwan-Brazil ties, and Taiwanese are welcome to participate in other similar activities in the future to learn that the country is more than just beautiful beaches and sunshine, he said.

Filipe Simoes and Silvano Manuel Da Silva, who teach Brazilian wrestling in Taiwan, said they look forward to sharing the spirit of the sport, also known as Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

"The sport is not about just fighting against each other, it's about controlling your mind," Simoes said, adding that he is interested in promoting jiu-jitsu education in Taiwan.

For information about Brazilian cultural activities, call (02) 2835-7388.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)