Sat, Sep 25, 2004 - Page 2 News List

`Moon babies' from France and a fish bowl grace festival

TAIPEI , CNA

The plaza in front of the Pres-idential Office will be turned into a slightly more romantic place on Tuesday for Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, officials said yesterday.

The holiday spectacular will start at 5:15pm and end at 10pm.

It will feature dazzling performances by two renowned French entertainment troupes -- Guidams and Inkonito, and Aerosculpture.

The entertainers will walk among the crowd on stilts dressed as "moon babies" to "symbolize joy, peace and serenity," the organizers said.

There will also be a giant transparent fish bowl set up with performers inside, as well as an air ship.

Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) said that refurbishment of the Presidential Office had been completed.

Cho said that this would provide a brand new look to this year's Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations.

Presidential Office official Cho Chun-ying (卓春英) said that because this year's Mid-Autumn Festival will coincide with Confucius Day, the Presidential Office invited outstanding teachers, students who excelled in international science competitions, students whose families were affected by Tropical Storm Mindulle and their host families as well as foreign brides to join the celebrations.

There will also be a flag-presentation ceremony for Taiwan's competitors in an international video-game competition.

Singer Hsu Ching-chun (許景淳) will perform, singing songs with a lunar theme.

Complimentary moon cakes, pomelos, tea and coffee will also be provided.

National Cultural Association secretary-general Su Chin-chiang (蘇進強) invited the public to join President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) for a "warm, romantic, and avant garde" evening combining local and overseas elements.

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