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Artists join hands to save Kaohsiung tourist attraction

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

A group of performers in Kaohsiung launched a series of performances yesterday in the hope of saving one of the city's major attractions from being shuttered.

Singer Roger Yang (楊培安), who used to perform at a cafe in Kaohsiung's City Light Corridor (城市光廊) — a tourist attraction in downtown Kaohsiung that features illuminated decorations at night — said about 40 local artists had answered his call to save the venue by taking turns to perform there.

Yang said he hoped the performances would help attract people back to the site.

The city government has commissioned the management of the cafe at the venue to a local advertiser since 2002. The cafe used to attract lots of visitors at night because of the beauty of the venue and even ranked third in a poll by the city government last year for the best dating spot.

Six out of the 10 outdoor cafes the city government have commissioned to local businesses have shut down because of deteriorating business.

Several city councilors last month urged Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) to lower the concessionary fees — estimated at NT$3.6 million (US$106,000) — to help the businesses survive.

Lei Chung-dar (雷仲達), director-general of the finance bureau, said yesterday that the city government would soon propose plans to lower the concessions.

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