Taiwan Soka Association Holds Numerous Community Cultural Festivals
Making a call for peace and hope in the midst of the drastic economic recession, and to build friendship and trust in local communities through dialogues, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held Community Cultural Festivals from March 14 though April 19, 2009, at 160 venues throughout Taiwan. Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI), Ministry of Education, and Council for Cultural Affairs cosponsored the festivals. More than 4.3 million people attended the many local events.
At each venue, those attending could walk through SGI's "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" exhibition that examines the threat of nuclear weapons from the perspective of human security and calls for the establishment of a global culture of peace through a transformation of the human spirit. In addition, visitors were treated to dynamic dance performances and demonstrations of various Taiwanese traditional arts, such as hand puppets and paper-folding arts. Local fire departments and public libraries also supported the events.
On April 19, MOI Minister Liao Liou-yi attended a festival held in Kaohsiung. He commended TSA's grassroots efforts for peace, culture and education in Taiwan society.
[Adapted from articles in the March 31, April 21 and May 5, 2009 issues of the Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association; photo courtesy of Harmony Press]