The Tuvalu Youth Troupe Performs at Miaoli’s International Culture and Tourism Bureau/吐瓦魯青年團於苗栗縣政府國際文化觀光局表演 / by Minute Taupo

On Monday 13th October, 2014, the Tuvalu Youth Troupe danced in their last official performance in Taiwan. This final performance was also the Troupe’s first solo show, and Troupe members regaled their Taiwanese audience with an hour of spectacular dances ranging from the Sasa to the Fatele and including opportunities for audience members to dance with the Troupe on stage. The event was an exciting opportunity for audience members to learn about Tuvaluan culture, and Acting Tourism Officer Paufi Afelee, who served as the Troupe’s representative, succinctly introduced the significance of various dance styles to the audience.

Ambassador Minute Alapati Taupo and Madame Seleta Kaupa Taupo, who were deeply involved in the planning of the event, traveled two hours from Taipei to attend the performance. Ambassador Taupo also presented a congratulatory speech at the beginning of the event, and was joined by the sponsor of the event, Chairman Huang Jin-Yuan from the Cyuanhua Temple Association; Mr. Albert Lin, Deputy Director-General of the Miaoli International Culture and Tourism Bureau; and Legislator Yao Chang Hsu, all of whom delivered opening remarks. Other VIP guests included Ambassador Teekoa Iuta from the Embassy of Kiribati, Director Ahmad Faisal Bin Mohamed from Tourism Malaysia, Director-General Kan Pi-Tong from the Miaoli International Culture and Tourism Bureau, Former Minister Ma Zhenfang from Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications, and Director Terence Tsai from Tuvalu’s sister hospital Chung Shan Medical University Hospital.

2014年10月13日(一),吐瓦魯青年團參與該團台灣巡迴的最後一次表演,亦是他們首次獨立演出。該團用了一個小時的時間表演各種傳統舞蹈,例如薩薩與費特樂,亦安排觀眾互動活動,邀請觀眾與他們一同跳傳統舞蹈。青年團的表演使觀眾能更加了解吐瓦魯文化,吐瓦魯觀光局代理局長派菲艾蜜莉阿飛雷亦以團體代表身分,一一說明吐瓦魯舞蹈之不同意義。

陶敏德大使與大使夫人陶思靈是計畫吐瓦魯青年團表演的重要推手,因此大使偕大使夫人出席該表演陶敏德大使亦於表演開始前致詞,祝福青年團表演圓滿成功。另外,主辦單位代表──財團法人苗栗縣南庄鄉獅山勸化堂董事長黃錦源、苗栗縣政府國際文化觀光局副局長林彥甫、以及立法委員徐耀昌亦開幕致詞。出席青年團表演的貴賓還包括吉里巴斯大使游黛姤、馬來西亞觀光局處長法儀薩、苗栗縣政府國際文化觀光局局長甘必通、前交通部部長馬鎮方、以及吐瓦魯姊妹醫院──中山醫學大學附設醫院之國際醫療中心主任蔡明哲。

The Ambassador’s speech at the event and pictures of the Youth Troupe’s highly successful performance can be found below:

陶敏德大使致詞稿與吐瓦魯青年團表演照片如下

Performance Opening Remarks (致詞稿)

Chairman Huang Jin-Yuan (Cyuanhua Temple Association)/財團法人苗栗縣南庄鄉獅山勸化堂董事長黃錦源

Chairman Huang Jin-Yuan (Cyuanhua Temple Association)/財團法人苗栗縣南庄鄉獅山勸化堂董事長黃錦源

Legislator Yao Chang Hsu/立法委員徐耀昌

Legislator Yao Chang Hsu/立法委員徐耀昌

Ambassador Minute Alapati Taupo/陶敏德大使  

Ambassador Minute Alapati Taupo/陶敏德大使
 

Deputy Director-General Albert Lin (Miaoli International Culture and Tourism Bureau)/苗栗縣政府國際文化觀光局副局長林彥甫

Deputy Director-General Albert Lin (Miaoli International Culture and Tourism Bureau)/苗栗縣政府國際文化觀光局副局長林彥甫