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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with CNA

MUSIC

Houli to host sax players

The 2011 Houli Instruments Carnival will take place next Friday and Saturday in Greater Taichung, with more than 1,000 saxophone players attempting to break a Guinness World record. The festival will include saxophone-centered musical performances, booths showcasing instruments and interactive musical activities. It will be held in Houli District (后里), the largest center for saxophone production in the nation, Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) said. More than 1,000 musicians are expected to team up to perform the national anthem and Taiwanese folk songs in an attempt to break the record for the most saxophone players performing together. The current world record was set in May in Australia by 1,000 saxophonists. Houli is known to saxophone players around the world as “the home of the horn,” thanks to its many instrument producers, mostly family-owned operations, that provide saxophones for some of the world’s biggest names.

CINEMA

Film to show in Venice

Taiwanese film Seediq Bale (賽德克巴萊), one of the country’s most-anticipated features this year and the most costly production ever for the Taiwanese film industry, has been selected to show at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. “I am actually more nervous than touched,” director Wei Te-sheng (魏德勝) said yesterday. “When I learned we were nominated, I was really happy and was like: ‘Is it true?’ Later it’s like: ‘What should I do then?’ And I began to get nervous about how to deal with what’s coming next.” The film, which took 12 years to complete, is set against the backdrop of the Wushe Incident — a large-scale uprising by the Seediq tribe against Japanese colonial rule in the 1930s.

GEOGRAPHY

Taiwan third at 10th NGWC

A three student team came third at the 10th National Geographic World Championship (NGWC) on Wednesday, the nation’s best performance since first entering the biennial competition in 2005. The final round, held at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, saw Russia, Canada and Taiwan competing for the title. Russia eventually took gold while Canada grabbed silver. Taiwan’s Cheng Chen-luo (鄭承珞), 15, Chu Po-chen (朱博琛), 14 and Hsu Tong-hong (徐東宏), 14, defeated 14 other teams to reach the final. The 14 other teams were from Australia, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, the UK and the US. The National Geographic World Championship is a biennial geography competition for teams of students 16 years of age and under.

CULTURE

City official visits Shanghai

The head of Greater Kaohsiung’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs Shih Che (史哲) headed for Shanghai yesterday for a visit aimed at learning about the Chinese commercial capital’s development of cultural and creative industry. Shih said prior to departure that the trip was a response to calls by a number of city councilors who said the city should step up its development of cultural and creative industry and that Shanghai could serve as a guide in this respect. Asked about her view on Shih’s trip, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) of the Democratic Progressive Party said she was pleased to see normal engagement across the Taiwan Strait. Kaohsiung has always sought to maintain regular and close contacts with foreign and Chinese cities, Chen said, adding that she would travel to Southeast Asia next month to promote city-to-city diplomacy.

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