Greater Tainan is offering a variety of arts and cultural festivals during the Lunar New Year period that will fill the city with noise and excitement, officials said yesterday.
These include an international drum festival, a lantern festival and a fireworks festival, Greater Tainan’s Cultural Affairs Bureau director Yeh Tse-shan (葉澤山) said.
The international drum festival, which will be held from Monday to Saturday next week at the city’s historic Eternal Golden Castle (億載金城), will feature percussion groups from five countries.
“The drum festival will be one of the largest in Taiwan in recent years,” said Yang Yu-wen (楊有文), deputy head of the Ten Drum Art Percussion Group, the executive organizer of the festival.
A lantern festival featuring artistic lanterns, light designs, concerts and a narcissus exhibition will take place at Yueh-chin Port from today through Feb. 6 to showcase the vitality of the city’s culture, an announcement on the Greater Tainan Government’s Web site said.
Also, on Jan. 27 and 28, France’s Group F, which has designed fireworks displays at several Olympics Games celebrations, will perform a show titled The Dragon’s Breath — using darkness, lights, flames and fireworks to simulate the breathing of a dragon, the Web site said.
On Feb. 6, the annual Yanshui fireworks festival in the historic city will feature an 18m tall golden dragon that will be used as the launch pad for thousands of rockets and fireworks.
The festival will combine traditional fireworks displays with modern technology, organizers of the event in Yanshui Township (鹽水) said.
In addition to the four main events, local groups will mount art exhibitions, cultural and creative activities, dance, music and drama performances throughout the municipality to usher in the Year of the Dragon.
In related news, the Central Weather Bureau yesterday said that the mercury is expected to dip on Lunar New Year’s Eve with the arrival of a strong cold front from China.
The recent warm weather pattern is likely to come to an end on Sunday, when the cold air pushes in, causing temperatures to drop in most regions, the bureau said, adding that lows of 10?C were expected in areas north of Miaoli County.
Temperatures might hover around 12?C to 14?C in central Taiwan, 13?C to 20?C in the south and 13?C to 18?C in the east, bureau officials said.
Rain is likely in the northern and northeastern regions in light of strengthening seasonal winds, while the cold and wet weather is likely to continue through Thursday, the bureau said.