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