Downtown Vancouver comes alive this weekend with the annual TAIWANfest, which features a banquet along Granville Street along with street art, free live music, and fashion displays.
At last night's opening ceremony at Westside Church—the former Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver—Defence Minister Jason Kenney dropped by in his role as the federal minister responsible for multiculturalism.
Kenney and TAIWANfest organizer Charlie Wu attended the same university in California, so it was a reunion of sorts for the two of them.
Other federal politicians in attendance included Liberal Hedy Fry and New Democrat Peter Julian, who has learned a fair amount of Mandarin on the job.
The provincial New Democrats were represented by veteran MLA Bruce Ralston.
Vancouver councillor Andrea Reimer and Burnaby school trustee Katrina Chen were also there, along with a large crowd of spectators.
The opening featured a concert entitled "The Beautiful Island", which was conducted by Maestro Ken Hsieh of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra. One of the highlights was a guest appearance by Taiwanese violinist Shien-Ta Su.
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