Fri, Mar 15, 2013 - Page 3 News List

UK minister calls for stronger creative ties

CREATIVE LINKS:Citing the experience of the London Olympics, the minister praised Taiwanese creativity and expressed hopes for a successful 2017 Summer Universiade

Staff writer, with CNA

British Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Ed Vaizey said yesterday that his nation is looking forward to cooperating with Taiwan as Taipei prepares to host the 2017 Summer Universiade.

Vaizey, who arrived a day earlier at the head of a UK delegation to seek further cooperation between cultural and creative industries, said at a news conference that London’s hosting of last year’s Olympic Games has given Britain rich experience of organizing large-scale events.

“We in Britain are very proud of our creative industries and our creativity” in areas such as music, film and fashion, Vaizey said, adding that Britons are proud of what was achieved during the London Olympics.

Taiwan has also held many successful world-class events, he said, expressing hope that there can be further cooperation between the two nations in the future.

In addition, Taiwan recognizes the importance of creativity, Vaizey said, praising Taiwanese creativity as being of a high standard and citing Taiwanese Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’s (李安) movie Life of Pi as an example.

The delegation comprises members of British companies in the cultural and creative industries that were involved in the preparations for the London Olympics.

Another member of the delegation, Sir John Sorrell, a British Trade and Investment business ambassador, said Britain is looking to cooperate with Taiwan in the areas of infrastructure and design for the Universiade.

Earlier in the day, Vaizey met with Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), with both sides expressing hopes for further cooperation.

Hau said that he visited London last year after the Olympics and added that the event characterized creativity and sustainability.

Hau said he expects the partnership with Britain will make the 2017 Universiade a success. He also told Vaizey about Taipei’s bid for the title of 2016 World Design Capital.

The British Chamber of Commerce in Taipei is scheduled to co-host a seminar on British creative industries in Taipei today, which is to be attended by members of the delegation.

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