Festival offers taste of Africa
A three-day festival featuring African films, music and culture opened in Taipei yesterday in observance of Africa Day, which is celebrated annually on May 25 to mark the 1963 founding of the now disbanded Organization of African Unity. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which organized the event, said movies from 12 African countries, including Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Gambia, will be screened during the festival. A series of free outdoor activities will also be held over the weekend at Huashan 1914 Creative Park, including a fair featuring booths run by the Africa Taiwan Economic Forum to showcase African culture, the ministry said. Visitors to the festival will have a chance to try African braiding, body painting and drumming, the ministry said. The ministry has been holding annual avents to raise public awareness of Africa and its diverse cultures.
CAL to fly direct to Hawaii
China Airlines (CAL) said yesterday it will start direct flights from Taiwan to Hawaii on June 2, becoming the first Taiwanese airline to offer a non-stop service on the route. The move comes amid growing interest in travel to the US following Taiwan’s admission to the US Visa-Waiver Program in November last year, CAL said. From June 2, the airline will offer two direct Taipei-Honolulu flights weekly, in addition to its seven round-trip flights a week between Taiwan and Hawaii via Tokyo. The direct flights, using CAL’s Airbus A330s, will provide tourists and business travelers more options, the carrier said. The direct flights will be two hours quicker than those that go through Tokyo, CAL said, adding that it hopes to also attract Southeast Asian passengers who may wish to stop over in Taiwan en route to or from Hawaii.