Chiayi festival welcomes St. Lucia police band for first time
Taipei, Dec. 15 (CNA) An annual festival featuring a series of activities ranging from parades to music opened in Chiayi Saturday, including a band from the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force performing for the first time at the event.
The 2018 Chiayi City International Band Festival has expanded its scope for the first outside of the city, with performances to be held in four other cities and counties, including Kaohsiung, Changhua, Tainan and Taichung, Chiayi Bureau of Cultural Affairs Director Lin Ching-ping (林青萍) said.
The Royal St. Lucia Police Band, which celebrated its 70th anniversary last year, is among the many highlights of this year's event.
Other activities, including Taiwanese puppetry, parades and diabolo performances will also be held during the festival, Lin said.
The festival, which will run through Dec. 23, will feature indoor and outdoor concerts by more than 80 local and foreign bands and groups, according to the organizers.
Among the many international bands taking part include Canada's University of Lethbridge Wind Orchestra, Japan's Hachioji High School Wind Orchestra, Hong Kong's Carmel Bunnan Tong Memorial Secondary School Marching Band, and South Korea's Seogwipo Wind Orchestra.
Chiayi City has been hosting the annual festival since 1993, with assistance provided by the Ministry of Culture, the Tourism Bureau and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to Lin, the festival has contributed to shaping urban culture with music, marketing the cultural characteristics of the city and promoting international exchanges.
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