Tainan City set to offer boisterous Lunar New Year cultural, arts events


TAIPEI — Southern Taiwan’s Tainan City will offer a handful of arts and cultural festivals during the Lunar New Year period this year that will fill the city with noise and excitement, officials said.

Starting from today to Feb. 6, travelers to the historic city will be able to attend an international drum festival, lantern festival and fireworks festival, as well as enjoy professional fireworks performances by the French pyrotechnics team Group F, said Yeh Tse-shan, director-general of the city’s Cultural Affairs Bureau.

The international drum festival, held between Jan. 23-28 at the city’s historic Eternal Golden Castle, will feature percussion groups from five countries.

“The drum festival will be one of the largest in Taiwan in recent years,” said Yang Yu-wen, deputy head of the Ten Drum Art Percussion Group, the executive organizer of the festival.

Moreover, a lantern festival that features artistic lanterns, light designs, concerts and an exhibition of narcissus flowers will take place at Yueh-chin Port from Jan. 20 to Feb. 6 to showcase the vitality of the city’s culture, the city government announced on an official website.

Furthermore, between Jan. 27-28, France’s Group F, which has designed fireworks displays at several Olympics celebrations, will perform a show titled “The Dragon’s Breath” during which the group will extinguish and light fireworks and flames to symbolize the breath of a dragon, according to the website.

On Feb. 6, the annual Yanshui fireworks festival in Tainan County will feature a huge 18-meter-tall golden dragon that will be used as the launch pad for thousands of rockets and fireworks.

The festival will combine traditional fireworks displays with modern technology, said organizers of the event in Yanshui Township.

In addition to the four main events, art exhibitions, cultural and creative activities, dances, music and drama performances by local groups will also be put on throughout the city to joyously usher in the Year of the Dragon.