A total of 600 performers, including Aboriginal and hearing-impaired children, will hold a candlelit vigil to pray for the victims of Typhoon Morakot at the opening ceremony of the Deaflympics on Sept. 5, the organizing committee said.
The vigil, which will last about eight to 10 minutes, had originally been designed to bless the Games and the host city. After Morakot devastated parts of the nation earlier this month, however, the organizing committee redesigned the vigil to bless the nation and the people, said Ting Nai-chu (丁乃竺), director of the committee’s arts and culture center.
Aboriginal singer/songwriter Kimbo (胡德夫) will open the vigil with the song Power In Me, and 600 Aborigines, children and performers will join Hu with candles and torches, she said.
The vigil will be the last of the 12 performances designed by local theater director Stan Lai (賴聲川) for the opening ceremony. He said each part of the ceremony reflected different aspects of Taiwan’s beauty, adding that he was confident the it would showcase the best of Taiwan. The show’s venue will be the Taipei Track and Field Stadium.
Emile Sheng (盛治仁), chairman of the committee, said tickets for the opening ceremony were sold out. The committee will set up a screen outside the stadium to broadcast the opening ceremony live.
Tickets for the closing ceremony are available at Era Ticket for NT$200. The committee said it would donate revenues to rescue and relief efforts, he said.
The Deaflympics, the biggest international sports event hosted by Taipei City, will be held between Sept. 5 and Sept. 15.
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