Vocal Asia Festival to be held in Kaohsiung next August

08/12/2019 05:32 PM
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Kaohsiung, Aug. 12 (CNA) Vocal Asia Festival (VAF), an a cappella festival that originated in Taiwan, will return to Kaohsiung for its 10th year in August 2020, Kaosiung Deputy Mayor Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) said in Japan Monday.

Yeh announced that the Kaohsiung City government will stage the 2020 VAF Aug. 13-16, as he was handed the festival's flag by Kagawa Prefecture Governor Keizo Hamada (浜田恵造) at the closing ceremony of this year's VAF, which took place in the city of Takamatsu.

Yeh said in the ceremony that the Kaohsiung City government has confidence in hosting the 10th VAF on a major scale and invited fans from all over the world to take part in next year's festival.

Kaohsiung Bureau of Cultural Affairs Director Lucia Lin (林思伶), who also attended the ceremony, said the city government is planning to hold a series of a cappella concerts in the city, giving local residents students a deeper understanding of the musical form.

To celebrate the 10th year of the festival, world famous Grammy award-winning vocal artists are expected to perform, thanks to collaboration between the city government and the organizers of the VAF, said Lin.

Vocal Asia, an international organization based in Taipei, is dedicated to promoting a cappella music and organized the first VAF, which has since been held it in different Asian cities each year.

Attracting a total audience of more than 200,000 over the years, the VAF is considered the biggest and most important vocal festival in Asia, featuring more than 300 international performances and over 100 groups of artists throughout its 10-year history, according to the city government.

A cappella is a pure vocal performance without instrumental accompaniment, originally from religious church music, according to Vocal Asia's website.

(By Cheng Chi-fong and intern Hsieh Meng-jun)


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