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Deputy Mayor: Lantern Festival to Showcase Glory of Taipei

Deputy Mayor: Lantern Festival to Showcase Glory of TaipeiDeputy Mayor Chen chin-chun unveiled the mini-lantern for the Year of the Dog and promised to bring alive the glory of Taipei at the upcoming lantern festival during a press event on February 2.
Reutilizing the concept employed for the first mini-lantern of the festival 12 years ago, the 2018 Year-of-the-Dog mini lantern can be folded from a single sheet of paper in ten minutes to become an adorable, energetic puppy, Chen pointed out. He hopes that the paper artwork will be well-received among the public.
As to the much-anticipated annual lantern fest, the deputy mayor noted the city government will endeavor to organize another successful Taipei International Lantern Festival, buoyed by the success of last year’s event, which took place for the first time in Ximending. The unexpected popularity of last year’s nine-day showcase attracted 3 million visitors, tripling revenues for local businesses. 
Employing the theme of “Happiness GoGo,” the 2018 Taipei Lantern Festival will seek to revive the glorious past of the metropolis while highlighting cherished values. Chen was implicit about the details of the exhibition, saying that the city agencies will go all out to present a memorable event in collaboration with cultural groups, including flash mob activities.
From February 24 through March 4, the 2018 Taipei International Lantern Festival will take place in Ximending, centered on the North Gate and the Red House. The main lantern is slated for debut next week, Chen added.