Sat, Sep 22, 2012 - Page 5 News List

Kaohsiung gears up for festivities

By Ho Cheng-hsu and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Greater Kaohsiung is ramping up preparations for a grandiose New Year’s Eve countdown party it hopes will outshine other special municipalities and ring in the Year of the Snake with an amazing cast of artists, the city’s Information Bureau said.

“With many Taiwanese pop idols and bands planning to stage overseas concerts on New Year’s Eve, [most of the five special municipalities] including Taipei and Greater Taichung are said to have suffered setbacks in their efforts to invite high-profile entertainers to perform at city-sponsored revelries,” the city’s Information Bureau director-general Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆) said.

“Nevertheless, Kaohsiung is expected to bring the most appealing cast of performers possible in what could be the nation’s most splendid celebration this New Year’s Eve,” he said.

According to sources, the annual celebration is to start with a performance by Taiwanese rock band Mayday (五月天), followed by the band Sodagreen (蘇打綠), girl group S.H.E, Taiwanese singer and actress Rainie Yang (楊丞琳), pop singer Jeannie Hsieh (謝金燕) and other pop bands and singers.

However, public concerns over the highly anticipated annual event are rising, as the Greater Kaohsiung Government is reportedly planning to cut its budget for the event next year.

Confirming that projected budgets for a variety of events have shrunk due to fiscal constraints, Lai said that as the city had made a name for itself staging the New Year’s Eve countdown party over the past 10 years, the proposed budget cut was not expected to have much of an impact on the annual celebration.

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