Sticking with a more relaxed beginning to the New Year, at Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) bands will perform classical music in the afternoon at the Ita Thao Pier (伊達邵碼頭). A New Year Eve’s party will take place on the pier from 8pm to midnight, featuring a pyrotechnics show and performances by pop acts and indie groups including Totem (圖騰樂團) and Echo (回聲樂團). On the Net: www.agan.com.tw/2012sml.
Not to be outdone by Taipei, Kaohsiung City’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are being held at not one but two locations: the Dream Mall (夢時代廣場) and E-Da World (義大世界) theme park. Both will feature firework spectacles and musical performances throughout the day and into the night. A legion of pop stars, musicians and bands, including Wang Lee-hom, Sodagreen (蘇打綠), Wu Bai (伍佰) and his group China Blue, Aska Yang (楊宗緯) and Daniel Chan (陳曉東), will welcome the New Year at the Dream Mall in what is being billed as the country’s longest countdown party. The activities run from 3pm to 2am. Entertainers Jackie Wu (吳宗憲) and Chen Han-tien (陳漢典) will host E-Da World’s party, which comprises performances by mainstream and indie acts including Rainie Yang (楊丞琳), JJ Lin (林俊傑) and Aboriginal band Matzka (瑪斯卡). On the Net: ks2012.streetvoice.com and 2012eda.ctv.com.tw.
On the east coast, Taimali (太麻里) will hold its annual sunrise watching event on the beach at the Taimali Sunrise Park (太麻里迎曙光園區). The festivities, featuring performances by Aboriginal artists groups, firework displays and stargazing, will begin at 8pm. For the athletically inclined, there will be a running competition along the beach starting at 7am. For more information, visit www.taimali.gov.tw/?q=node/12044 and www.turaa.tw.