Taipei-Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Sunday that it will hold a traditional street party in Taipei later this month to celebrate its 33rd founding anniversary.
The anniversary celebrations will be held under the theme "Party in Taiwan" and will include musical performances, exhibitions, a city bazaar, and seminars, all of which will be open to the public, the DPP said.
The main event on Sept. 28 will take the form of a street party in front of the DPP headquarters on Beiping East Road in Taipei, where bands and musicians of different genres and backgrounds will perform at a concert that will highlight Taiwan's cultural diversity, said Wang Po-chun (???), the head of the DPP's communications department and one of the main organizers of the event.
The performers will include Taiwanese folk singer Yang Hsiu-qing (???) as well as bands like Dwagie; 1976; Random; the Chairman Band; the Hakka jazz group UrbanCat; and Community Service, a band famous its blends of traditional Taiwanese music and hip-hop and for its Taiwanese language songs, Wang said.
In addition, a street bazaar of 40 stalls will be set up on Beiping East Road, which will be temporarily closed, he said.
Also on Sept. 28, the DPP will hold its annual National Congress at the Grand Hotel where the party was established 33 years ago, the party said.
The DPP said its evolution was closely linked to the development of democracy in Taiwan, starting with its opposition to the Kuomintang's authoritarian rule in Taiwan.
The establishment of the DPP in 1986 was the culmination of the Tangwai, or "outside-the-KMT" movement, the party said.
The 33rd anniversary celebrations will highlight Taiwan's spirit of democracy as DPP members of all ages will review Taiwan's democratic progress and speak on their visions for the future, the party said.
The DPP said its members will also highlight the importance of upholding freedom, democracy and human rights and of safeguarding Taiwan.
The DPP first came to government in 2000 in Taiwan's first transition of political power, and in 2016, it won both the presidency and a legislative majority.
Wang said the 2020 general election will be a crucial one, as the Taiwanese people will be deciding what kind of future they want.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel