As the nine-day Hakka specialty exposition that began in December last year and ended in January in Taipei proved to be a success, the Council for Hakka Affairs (CHA) yesterday announced that it would bring the exposition to Taichung and Kaohsiung next month, hoping to attract an equal number of visitors there.
“The Hakka specialty exposition [that ended] earlier this year was a great success,” CHA Minister Huang Yu-chen (黃玉振) told a news conference in Taipei. “It attracted more than 180,000 visitors in nine days, and created approximately NT$300 million in value for the more than 100 businesses that took part.”
The exposition featured merchandise from more than 100 businesses subsidized by the CHA, including specialty handicraft items and food.
Since the exposition in Taipei was such a success, Huang said, many people in central and southern Taiwan have been urging the council to take the exposition to other parts of the country.
In response, the council said yesterday that it plans to hold Hakka specialty expositions in the Kaohsiung Business Exhibition Center at No. 274 Jhongjheng Four Rd, Yencheng District, Kaohsiung, from Saturday to Oct. 10, and in the -Taichung Creative and Culture Center at No. 362 Fusing Rd Sec 3, South District, Taichung, from Nov. 6 to Nov. 14.
The council also released a new Hakka theme song written by award-winning Hakka musician Liu Shao-hsi (劉劭希) and songwriter Vincent Fant (方文山).
Although the song is a rock song, Liu said he incorporated elements of traditional Hakka mountain songs, “so I’d call the genre ‘new mountain song.’”