Ten thousand people "represent" Taiwan to play the ocarina - A joint effort that successfully makes a new Guinness World Record / 台灣陶笛 萬人吹奏--成功締造 金氏世界新紀錄
The ocarina is not the most well-known instrument in the world, however, when ten thousand people united in Kaohsiung to break the Guinness World Record, the power from those tiny little flute holes gave onlookers not only beautiful sounds, but also demonstrated the energy and spirit of the city.
On the afternoon of December 18, 2004, the citizens of the city, as well as other enthusiastic folks totaled 11,511 people. They collectively gave the 80-year old Kaohsiung City this special gift - a new Guinness World Record for the most people playing the ocarina at any one time.
"This is an exciting and glorious moment for the whole of Kaohsiung. Anyone witnessing this moment is sure to feel touched. In the past, it has been more common for individuals, rather than groups, to break Guinness World Records; but today, this record involving ten thousand people shows the level of will and unity of the Kaohsiung people" - Mayor of Kaohsiung City, Frank Hsieh said in a touched mood.
We all know that the development of a city cannot be achieved by any one single person; it relies on the combined strengths and efforts of all citizens. Likewise, a city's record is not written by a single person but by combining the will and the minds of all people. Indifference and ignorance will not "push the giant wheel up the road" and only enthusiasm and courage will prevent the lives of the city from rotting.
Therefore, besides being touched by the vast number of determined minds of all citizens and also by the excitement of breaking the record, people were also touched by the involvement of friends in other counties and cities. Among those enthusiastically involved included Robert Forden (Chief of AIT Kaohsiung branch) and his family, thirty-one students from Hai-Duan Elementary School in Taitung, and the blind-guide-dog (Turk) and Mr. Cheng-Chung Lee's family who drove down from the north. There were also many others who work and study in other parts of Taiwan and who overcame great difficulty to participate in the festival.
"It was indeed a very memorable experience to challenge the Guinness World Record together with ten thousand citizens and friends. The process was tiring; however, I believe that whatever we do in Kaohsiung City in the future, it's sure to be a success due to the abundance of people who demonstrated their willingness and dedication to a task today. Kaohsiung is a city full of hopes and dreams, and it's certain to make the hosting of the 2009 World Games a success", said Mayor Hsieh.
Kaohsiung is a city spreading the images of water and light as well as a city full of music, culture, and art. The joy and novelty of breaking the record is still 'in the air' and the power to do this came from the solid goals of the city and the energy and assertiveness of all citizens.