Taipei festival extended
The Taipei Lantern Festival has been extended for an additional week until Sunday, the Taipei City Government said yesterday. The 10-day festival had been scheduled to end last Sunday, but huge crowds took advantage of the relatively warm and dry weather to attend the festival. Department of Civil Affairs director Huang Lu Ching-ju (黃呂錦茹) said due to the persistent rainy and cold weather over the past two weeks there were fewer visitors to the festival this year than in previous years. The decision to extend the event was based on requests from other organizers of the festival, Huang Lu said. Except for the main theme lantern and certain displays that have been removed, all other exhibits are to remain in place for another week, including a 4km lantern corridor on Zhongshan N Road and site-specific lanterns, she said.
Plan representative to visit
A representative of a Tokyo-based non-governmental organization for humanitarian assistance is scheduled to visit Taipei this month to explore the possibility of opening a local office. Kazuo Tsurumi from Plan Japan is scheduled to visit from Sunday to Thursday next week to discuss how the government can cooperate with private groups on international humanitarian assistance, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said. Plan Japan is the Japanese chapter of Plan, an international humanitarian, child-centered development organization. Headquartered in the UK, Plan is among the world’s oldest and largest children’s development organizations. It has a presence in about 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas. It works to promote children’s rights and to lift children out of poverty.