UNIVERSIADE: Opening ceremony to feature Taiwanese culture

Taipei–The opening ceremony of the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Taipei Stadium, will feature an array of programs focused on Taiwanese culture, event organizers said Saturday.

Yang Ching-tang (???), a spokesman for the Universiade, said performances at the opening ceremony will showcase Taiwan’s past and present, while also offering a glimpse of the future world.

There will be programs featuring aboriginal culture, Taipei lifestyle and cuisine, as well as performances using electric scooters provided by Taiwanese smartscooter maker Gogoro Inc.

Singer-songwriter Leehom Wang (???) will perform near the end of the show, which will conclude with former Taiwanese professional baseball player Chen Chin-feng (???) lighting the Universiade flame, organizers said.

There will also be a fireworks display after the opening ceremony, organizers said, adding that the total cost of the opening and closing ceremonies will be NT$360 million (US$11 million).

Meanwhile, traffic controls will be in place around the venue from Saturday afternoon.

Roads around Taipei Stadium will be closed between 3 p.m. and midnight, with only Universiade vehicles allowed to enter closed areas.

Areas of Dunhua North Road and Beining Road between Nanjing East Road and Bade Road, as well as the inner lanes of Dunhua South Road between Bade Road and Civic Boulevard will be closed to cars and public buses.

On the same day, Dunhua North Road between Nanjing East Road and Minsheng East Road, Dunhua South Road between Bade Road and Civic Boulevard, and Nanjing East Road and Bade Road between Fuxing North Road and Guangfu North Road will be closed to cars, though public buses will run as normal.

Starting at noon, roadside parking will be restricted on closed roads and YouBike Taipei Stadium and Taipei Cultural Center stations will not be operational.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel