Slovakia featured at Yilan children's festival

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Slovakia featured at Yilan children's festival

Taipei, July 15 (CNA) The annual Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival has set up a special exhibition this year showcasing Slovakia, with the centerpiece a streetscape from the central European nation's capital of Bratislava.

The replicas of popular bronze statues in Bratislava's old town district, including one of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, decorate the exhibition hall in Yilan County's Dongshan River Water Park to give visitors the feeling of being in Slovakia.

Martin Podstavek, head of the Slovak Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, said the Ahoj! Friendship Castle of Slovakia exhibition, which features folk furnishings and handicrafts from his country, was the largest of its kind in Taiwan and East Asia.

On Sunday, exhibition curator Pavel Holik, dressed in a traditional costume, performed a musical tune at the show using a fujara, a 1.6-meter-long wooden flute that is a traditional musical instrument in the country.

The fujura was proclaimed by the United Nations in 2005 as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity, and Holik said people play the instrument in Slovakia on many different occasions, from weddings to funerals.

There are also 12 original traditional Slovak costumes displayed at the nation-themed exhibition, including a 100-year-old bride's dress that is exquisitely embroidered.

Lan-Yang Cultural and Educational Foundation specialist Wu Meng-chen (吳孟真), who pushed to create the exhibition, hoped that the show would lead to more cultural interactions and exchanges between Taiwan and Slovakia.

Wu said the first Slovak to visit Taiwan was in the 18th century, when Maurice Augustus Count de Benyowsky, who was born in what is Slovakia today but at the time part of Hungary, traveled to Yilan's Su'ao Township.

Economic interactions between Taiwan and the landlocked European country have been close in recent years, with Taiwan being the second largest investor from Asia in Slovakia, according to Podstavek.

There are several factories there that have been set up by major Taiwanese enterprises, including Delta Electronics, AU Optronics and Foxconn, the official said.

The 2018 Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival is being held at the water park in Wujie Township from July 7 to Aug. 19.

(By Wang Chao-yu and Elizabeth Hsu)

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