Under the leadership of Ambassador Minute Alapati Taupo, the Embassy of Tuvalu, R.O.C. (Taiwan) hosted a booth in this year’s Asia-Pacific Culture Day from Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th October, 2015 in the Lobby of Taipei Main Station. This year marks the third consecutive year in which Tuvalu has prepared booth exhibits and a performance for the Culture Day, which is sponsored and organized by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Taiwan’s diplomatic allies from the Pacific (i.e., Nauru, Palau, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, the Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu), as well as the nation of Fiji, all cooperated to host the Culture Day’s “Pacific Village,” where the countries displayed a number of outstanding tropical exhibits. Booths were also hosted by the nations of Vietnam, Korea, Australia, Japan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Taiwan, with the majority of these countries also providing cultural performances on the Festival main stage.
During this year’s Culture Day, the Tuvalu Booth promoted the “Music, Instruments, and Dancing of Tuvalu” by displaying a variety of Tuvaluan instruments and dance costumes and providing posters explaining Tuvalu’s rich music and dance culture. The main attractions at the booth were a selection of authentic Tuvaluan instruments, as well as colorful listening stations at which visitors could choose from a selection of traditional and contemporary Tuvaluan songs to enjoy! Not only Ambassador and Madame Taupo attended the Culture Day to support the Tuvalu Booth, but, on the first day of the festival, The Association of Tuvalu Students in Taiwan (TATST) also presented an outstanding traditional dance performance that served to further highlight Tuvalu’s unique dance styles.