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Humanity and Local Culture, Blended

<p>By Vickie Lo<br /> Assistant Coordinator</p> <p>National Taiwan Normal University&rsquo;s (NTNU) &ldquo;Humanity Festival&rdquo; was launched after the lion dance performance by children at the Shi-da Park on Oct. 17.</p> <p>&quot;I am so glad that we would have the chance to share various activities and exhibitions that concern humanity and arts with our neighbors,&rdquo; said Gou Yih-shun (郭義雄), president for NTNU.</p> <p>Gou made his remarks during the opening ceremony at the park.&nbsp; His short speech also initiated the festival.</p> <p>The &ldquo;Humanity Festival&rdquo; is about various cultural activities hosted and organized by the College of Liberal Arts.&nbsp; The event began in 2000 and became a regular event on NTNU campus.</p> <p>&quot;It is my view to integrate humanity as a part of local community,&rdquo; said Chen Li-kuei (陳麗桂), dean for the College of Liberal Arts.&nbsp; &ldquo;That was why we decided to make the announcement outside the campus at the park.&rdquo;</p> <p>Upon invitation, the lion dance was performed by students from Taipei Municipal Nangang Elementary School and Taipei Municipal Yong Le Elementary School.&nbsp; In addition to the lion dance, they also performed a Taiwanese opera at the scene.</p> <p>Chen encouraged the public to keep them posted by visiting the college&rsquo;s website where latest events or public announcements will be made and posted during the festival, which will be ongoing between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31.</p> <p>On behalf of local community residents, Lung-chiuan Neighborhood Warden James Parng (龐維良) said that they would welcome activities like these but they would also expect NTNU to offer more cultural classes or activities, of which, local residents would have the access to participate in the future.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>