Yilan Community Development 3.0
Children’s Festival reception team
The most local international cultural exchange: Yilan International Children's Folklore & Folkgame Festival Goodwill Reception Team
During the internationally-renowned Yilan International Children's Folklore & Folkgame Festival, organizers invite groups from around the world to perform in Taiwan. To welcome our guests and promote the unique characteristics of Yilan, visiting performance groups and artists from all over the world are made to feel at home as they learn about local folk culture and Yilan’s vibrant ecosystems. Each year, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Yilan County has looked to schools, local organizations, and communities to recruit Goodwill Reception Teams to accompany these visiting groups.
In 2018, community partners actively joined in the goodwill reception teams. Eight unique communities within Yilan County with experience in hosting visitors, Daerjie, Neicheng, Baimi, Zhenzhu, Dongguashan, Linmei, Dongyue, and Jietoufen, helped to welcome 941 people from 27 visiting performance groups. Experiences included Yilan traditional folk activities, tours of communities and neighboring attractions, and related DIY and interactive activities. Of course, famous foods from each community were on the menu. Visitors from overseas experienced Yilan’s local customs, while community members also learned about their guests’ home countries and cultures to expand their horizons. The soft power of Yilan’s community development efforts can help promote diplomacy on a person-to-person level and facilitate international cultural exchange.