Here we come, Duisburg / 杜易斯堡，高雄來了！
Here we come, Duisburg
Article by Yu-Fong Wang
Lately, if you take a stroll along the streets of Kaohsiung, you will be able to feel excitement mounting as the 2009 World Games approach. That enormous ball displaying the figure '9' rising right next to Kaohsiung's International Airport during the San Miguel Asian 9 Ball Tour, seemed to proclaim that Kaohsiung is not only a "Maritime Capital" but also becoming the "Sports Capital" of the whole of Taiwan.
The 7th World Games is going to be held in Duisburg, Germany this year from July the 14th to 24th and Kaohsiung, as the host city for the 8th World Games, will grasp at this opportunity to announce to the world that Kaohsiung is ready!
On the day of the World Games 2005 closing ceremony, the count down to the commencement of the 2009 World Games begins as the ceremonial flag is presented by the sponsor city Duisburg to the delegation from Kaohsiung so that they may introduce our city to the world and welcome all to take part in a sports carnival by the sea in the year 2009.
The theme of this important presentation will be "Prosper with Kaohsiung - A City of Mountains and Ocean" to represent the featured landscape, and how ethnic fusion creates the unique cultural style which exists in Kaohsiung. Therefore, the performers for this particular presentation will basically be chosen from performing groups in Kaohsiung included the Honan Opera Troupe of the National Guo-guang Chinese Opera Company, the Fan Mei Dance Company, the Kaohsiung City Ballet, and the Zuyun Culture Music Dance Group. Moreover, we have invited the Chairman of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan Foundation, Chi-Mei Wang to be the Consultant Artist of this magnificent event.
The interpretation of "Prosper with Kaohsiung - A City of Mountains and Ocean" is a combination of Praying Ritual Dance by the Zuyun aboriginal dancers which will represent the 'Mountain' while the Water Sleeve Dance and Lotus Dance will represent the 'Ocean'. In addition, our national treasure 'Honan Opera Queen', Ms. Hai-Ling Wang is also going to perform a dance of the Hanan opera and Taiwanese Opera, to indicate ethnic unity and a picture of prosperity.
Our fellow citizens will surely be longing to witness this production: 'The glory of Taiwan'. On the afternoon of 24th July (Taiwan time), there will be a live broadcast via the Internet as well as the media showing the performance taking place in Germany, enabling everyone, throughout Taiwan, to enjoy the display. Moreover, after the delegation returning to Taiwan, they will once more give us a perfect performance. A deeper implication of the flag ceremony and the presentation of the performance, is to allow Kaohsiung to become known worldwide, and thereby develop diplomatic relation with other countries. The Mayor of Kaohsiung, Chi-Mai Chen, is not only leading the official delegation to Duisburg, but is also taking the best performance teams with him. Apart from Duisburg, he will also be visiting several key cities in Europe, in an effort to build up a friendship between Kaohsiung and these cities. It is hoped that this trip will improve Taiwan's diplomatic difficulties, and to encourage further contact with European countries. This will be a great opportunity for them to have a better understanding of Taiwan in general and Kaohsiung in particular. Kaohsiung is definitely going to prove a relation. Therefore, "Attention please, Duisburg and Europe, because Kaohsiung is coming your way!"
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