Cultural vouchers focus on senior citizens, minors and the disabled

08/12/2020 10:28 PM
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Culture Minister Lee Yung-te. CNA photo Aug. 12, 2020
Culture Minister Lee Yung-te. CNA photo Aug. 12, 2020

Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) A second round of "Arts FUN Go" electronic cultural vouchers, worth NT$600 (US$20.43) each, will be available through a lottery for registered senior citizens, minors, and people with disabilities next month, the Ministry of Culture said Wednesday.

Those under 18-years-of-age, over 65 and disabled will be able to register for the second round of 600,000 vouchers to be issued in late August, Culture Minister Lee Yung-te (李永得) said at a press conference.

Only those who did not receive vouchers in the first round are eligible to register, Lee added.

"Each voucher will still be worth NT$600, and that means the total value of the second round will be NT$360 million," Lee said.

The vouchers will be issued in paper form and participants can register for them with their National Health Insurance Cards using electronic kiosks at convenience stores, Lee said.

The winners of the 600,000 vouchers will be drawn by lottery and have until January 2021 to use them, Lee said.

A total of 2,107,883 people won the "Arts FUN Go" cultural vouchers when they were issued electronically in the program's first round on July 21.

NT$320 million worth of vouchers had been used as of Tuesday, mainly on books and magazines, followed by movies and tickets for the performing arts, Lee said.

The program was introduced to encourage people to attend cultural events and help boost the cultural and arts sector as the COVID-19 situation subsides in Taiwan.

(By William Yen)

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