Embassy of Tuvalu, R.O.C. (Taiwan) Hosts a Booth at the 2014 Asia-Pacific Culture Day/吐瓦魯國駐華大使館參加2014年亞太文化日 / by Minute Taupo

The Embassy of Tuvalu, R.O.C. (Taiwan) hosted a booth in this year’s 2014 Asia-Pacific Culture Day, which extended from 6th to 7th September, 2014 at Huashan 1914 Creative Park. The Culture Day was sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and this year marks the second consecutive year in which Tuvalu has prepared booth exhibits and a performance for the event. Taiwan’s diplomatic allies from the Pacific (i.e., Nauru, Palau, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, the Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu) were all represented in the Culture Day’s “Pacific Village” and were joined by booths hosted by Vietnam, Korea, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Fiji, which were also represented at the event.

Staff at Tuvalu’s booth for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Culture Day provided visitors with valuable information about Tuvalu and distributed complementary handmade ano to the first 100 guests to visit the booth on either day of the festival. Because the handmade ano soon became a favorite among visitors to the booth, Madame Seleta Kaupa Taupo, the Ambassador’s wife and First Secretary at the Embassy of Tuvalu, led Tuvaluan students in demonstrating ano-weaving techniques, and other Tuvaluan students even assisted guests in donning traditional Tuvaluan clothes and adornments to enhance visitor understanding of Tuvaluan life and culture. On the first day of the festival, the Tuvalu Students Association in Taiwan also presented an outstanding traditional dance performance, which was a highlight of the Culture Day event.

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Pictures of the Tuvalu Booth at the 2014 Asia-Pacific Culture Day, as well as videos of the dance performance presented by the Tuvalu Students Association can be found below:

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