TaiwanFest 2018: Downtown Vancouver comes alive with the cultures of two independent Pacific island nations

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      TaiwanFest is back this Labour Day weekend—and it's brought a Pinoy flair.

      That's because the annual festival is celebrating the linguistic and cultural ties between two Pacific island nations: Taiwan and the Philippines.

      In fact, the stretch along Granville Street north of Dunsmuir has been dubbed the Pinoy Block.

      Today, the Bibak of British Columbia dance troupe entertained the crowd with their joyful routine.

      Members are related to the Igorot people, which is an Austronesian ethnic group in the mountains of Luzon. They're related to Indigenous people in Taiwan.

      Video: Bibak of British Columbia attracted a large crowd of observers in the Pinoy Block of Granville north of Dunsmuir Street.

      In the 600 and 700 blocks of Granville, there were plenty of booths celebrating Taiwanese culture, both locally and overseas.

      And on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery, there was a performance by the Auba Rukai Children's Choir.

      All the singers are from an Austronesian Indigenous group in Taiwan.

      The Auba Rukai Children's Choir will be performing their traditional Taiwanese Indigenous songs throughout the festival.
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      All events are free—though you'll have to pay for the Taiwanese food and for beverages in the beer garden outside the Art Gallery.

      This year's TaiwanFest has a beer garden on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
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      Below, you can see some other photos from TaiwanFest today.

      Michelle Wu is educating passersby about the Society of We Are Canadians Too, which celebrates immigrants to Canada of all backgrounds.
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      Hop aboard the Jeepney Express and enjoy everything TaiwanFest has to offer.
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      Traditional Taiwanese attire is on display in the 600 block of Granville.
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      The butterfly effect suggests that chain reactions caused by small events, even the flapping of a beautiful insect's wings, can have monumental effects.
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      Taiwanese products are available for sale in the 700 block of Granville.
      The New Democrats posted signs of four of their MLAs, including Taiwan-born Katrina Chen (right).
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      The Conservatives had a presence at TaiwanFest, but there was no sign of any Liberal booth on the street.
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