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Sep 15, 2017

Annual Taiwan Contribution Comes for September Celebrations

NICH got a hundred thousand dollar boost today. The Taiwan Government handed over a cheque to help with cultural and artistic development. The monies will be used for a number of projects with a focus on cultural preservation and youth involvement. News Five’s Andrea Polanco has more.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

A cheque of one hundred thousand dollars was handed over to NICH. Accepting on behalf of the Government were Minister with responsibility for Culture Patrick Faber, CEO in the Ministry Adele Catzim Sanchez and Acting President of NICH, Greg Vernon. Ambassador Charles Liu says the donation is a symbol of the Taiwan and Belize’s partnership – this donation, made every year, is one that aims to help Belize to preserve historical heritage.


Charles Liu

Charles Liu, Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize

“I am very grateful to present a contribution of one hundred thousand dollars for a project that NICH is working on. This contribution is only a symbolism of the friendship between Taiwan and Belize. Over the years, Belize and Taiwan have worked very closely to promote development and exchange in many areas. We have achieved much success in a variety of projects.  And the culture and of course, food, for sure. So, no doubt, cultural development is also a part of the areas where Belize and Taiwan have been cooperating. Today’s ceremony venue, House of Culture, is an ideal example. The Belize City House of Culture and the Downtown rejuvenation project has been undertaken by Belize and Taiwan. The main objective of the project preserving historical heritage, as well as appeal to more people to visit House of Culture in the downtown areas. Also, so as to enhance Belize culture and tourism.”


The one hundred thousand dollars will be invested in several projects with a focus on culture, music and art.


Greg Vernon

Greg Vernon, Acting President, NICH

“This year we are looking to expand a bit because we have been working with the Primary School Art Program for three years and so we decided that we will be looking at music – the Brukdown Project; looking at the accordion playing, the Mista Peetaz international Bram, looking also at the rejuvenation project that will be coming to this area. So, if you could remember last year we had Christmas in the Park. So, we will be doing that Christmas Bram in the park once again, featuring Mista Peetaz international bruk down bram. We have reached out to Panama for the accordion players in Panama; we have reached out to El Salvadorand Mexico. We will be doing workshop in the accordion playing as well as a full-fledged concert around the 12th-14th of December. The other part of the programs will be for the national celebrations, the carnival, the panyaad; development of pan music in Belize is very important that we are doing with the gateway youth center – notice that everything that we are doing have youth focus.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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