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Excitement builds for Queensland Cultural Diversity Week!

After the huge success of the Taiwan Festival last year, the Southside is preparing for a new format which will see four of the Sunnybank district’s major shopping centres join forces to celebrate Queensland Cultural Diversity Week during the first week of September.

Highlights of Taiwan Festival WeekSunnybank Plaza, Sunny Park Shopping Centre, Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown and Calamvale Central, all under the banner of YFG Shopping Centres, will team up with the Australian Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce Queensland (ATCCQ) to host the jam-packed week of celebrations.

Taiwan Festival CEO and President of ATCCQ, Paul Shih said the week (1 – 6 September) will include cultural dance performances, art displays, centre-wide savings across all four centres and much more.

“We’ve also got lots of fantastic prizes up for grabs including air tickets, and a brand new Mazda 2, along with a number of prizes donated from local businesses”.

Mr Shih said the event would also include the launch of Calamvale Central’s night market and a fireworks display at Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown on the final night of the event.

“The night markets have been inspired by the night markets in Taiwan and will host specialty stalls selling everything from the ever popular Taiwanese fried chicken to clothing, and even games from Taiwan.” he said.

Mr Shih said that after the success of the Taiwan Festival the last couple of years, he’s excited to present this new format to the public.

“We launched the Taiwan Festival in 2012 and had over 50,000 attendees, the year after, over 70,000 people visited!”

“We’ve been in contact with countless local organisations over the last several months to put this event together, all in the name of celebrating the unique multicultural district we live in!”

photoOne of the key aspects of this year’s Taiwan Festival is the week long Shopping Festival at all four centres, developed in the spirit of the popular Taiwan Department Store anniversary sales.

Mr Shih said customers could download the Taiwan Festival app on iTunes to take advantage of the huge savings at each centre.

“Some retailers are discounting as high as 60%, with others offering buy one, get one free offers and much more! Sunnybank Plaza will also be doing special 10 minutes offers on the final day of the celebrations” Mr Shih said.

For more information on Taiwan Festival, please download the free Taiwan Festival App on Apple and Google App Store by searching “iTaiwan”.

2014 Taiwan LuBenTan Night Market

Taiwan Festival Night Market

2014 Taiwan Movie Festival

Taiwan Movie Festival

The 2012 Taiwan Film Festival was sold out within a day of tickets sales.

We plan to have two Taiwanese movies showing at the Sunnybank Plaza Cinema during Taiwan Festival Week 2014.

They are:

Sweet Alibis (甜密殺機) 3/9/2014 6:30pm
Zone Pro Site (總鋪師) 5/9/2014 6:30pm

Queensland Taiwanese Centre starts to sell ticket on 19/8/14

To purchase a $20 ticket, you will receive a $10 raffle tickets. (The total of gifts value is over $30,000)

All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Kaohsiung City GAS Explosion Appeal.

2014 Braised Pork Rice Competition

Taiwan_Festival_braised_pork_rice

In 2014, we will have the Taiwan Pork Rice Festival instead of the Taiwanese Beef Noodle for a change of taste. Over the whole of August, we will be voting for the most popular Taiwanese Pork Rice in Brisbane and with the final cook-off happening during Taiwan Festival Week inviting 80 VIP guest to participate in the tasting and judging of the best Taiwanese Pork Rice in Brisbane.

Currently we are recruiting public judges. If you want to be our panel. Please apply online http://goo.gl/TGkYGQ

Anyone who wants to join the Braised Pork Rice competition please contact with Eric on 0433 684 520.

2014 Taiwan Festival Events

This year we are partnering with YFG Shopping Centres, Taiwan Festival is set to grow bigger and better in 2014 by extending the program over to a week instead of two days and expanding across four shopping centres instead of a single venue.

Proudly supported by the Oversea Community Affairs Council Republic of China (Taiwan) as one of the largest overseas Taiwan Festival in the world, by the Queensland State Government as significant event of the Queensland Multicultural Week and by the Brisbane City Council as major multicultural festival, Taiwan Festival Week will set new record this year and continue to promote culture exchange between Taiwan and Australia, introducing Taiwanese traditional and popular culture to the Multicultural communities in Brisbane. This would increase community awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity and its benefits during the Queensland Multicultural Week as well as celebrating the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) this year.

Event Details:

Dates:            Monday 1st of September to Saturday 6th of September

Venue:           Calamvale Central Shopping Centre, Sunnybank Hills Shopping Town, Sunnybank Plaza Shopping Centre, Sunny Park Shopping Centre, Calamvale Hotel, Calamvale Community College

Multiple Festivities:

As trialed in the 2012 and 2013 Taiwan Festival, subsidiary events such as the Taiwan Film Festival and Taiwan Beef Noodle Festival proved to be very successful promotion of the main Festivity. The 2014 Taiwan Festival Week will combine multiple festivities and create greater influences to the general public.

We are working with the YFG Shopping Centres to recreate the Taiwan Shopping Experience with Taiwan Shopping Festival right here at the Southside of Brisbane. Special sales promotions will happen across retailers during the first week of September and we aim to boost the shopping centres traffic over the Taiwan Festival Week to achieve a win-win outcome with our sponsors.

The 2012 Taiwan Film Festival was a sold out within a day of tickets sales. We plan to have two Taiwanese movies showing at the Sunnybank Plaza Cinema during Taiwan Festival Week at 6:30pm on the 3th and 5th of September 2014.

In 2014, we will have the Taiwan Pork Rice Festival instead of the Taiwanese Beef Noodle for a change of taste. Over the whole of August, we will be voting for the most popular Taiwanese Pork Rice in Brisbane and with the final cook-off happening during Taiwan Festival Week inviting 80 VIP guest to participate in the tasting and judging of the best Taiwanese Pork Rice in Brisbane.

As the Taiwan Festival week will lead to the traditional Chinese Moon Festival in the Luna Calendar, we will celebrate Taiwan Moon Festival during the week by involving all the schools in the immediate surrounding area with Moon Festival colouring and drawing competitions, sales of moon cakes at shopping centres. Various cultural workshops and performances will also happen during Taiwan Festival Week.

The Main Festival – Taiwan Festival will continue the theme of Taiwanese Night Market on Saturday night the 6th of September, this time weather proofed at the undercover car park of Calamvale Central Shopping Centre. Taiwanese snack foods will be for sale from 6pm till late, with main stage showing performances from Taiwan and local Taiwanese communities and talents. A talent quest will start in July so that winners will take the stage for Taiwan Festival this year.

2014 Taiwan Festival week

2014 Taiwan Festival Week

The preparation for Taiwan Festival 2013

We are now in preparation for Taiwan Festival 2013.

Please complete the survey below to help us to improve and organise Taiwan Festival 2013,

Survey (English version)

問卷調查 (中文版本)

Guinness World Record Certificate enquiry

For all participants waiting for their participation certificates, please contact the Guinness World Record Attempt Coordinator – WAMCI

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