Mayor Kicks-off Annual Shilin Residence Chrysanthemum Show
Mayor Ko Wen-je attended the opening ceremony for the 2017 Shilin Residence Chrysanthemum Show on November 25. The 16-day-long show will run from November 25 through December 10, opening to the public from 8 AM through 7 PM.According to the mayor, the annual event is organized by the city government every autumn. It is the only Chrysanthemum showcase in the nation that offers free admission. Through the event, the Parks and Street Lights Office (PSLO) is able to demonstrate its expertise in floriculture and gardening. Noting that the theme for this year highlights the artistic integration of flowers and cinema, Ko stressed that he himself is looking forward to observing how classics –“Madagascar,” “Totoro,” “Spirited Away,” “The Life of Pi,” “A Bug’s Life,” and more – are presented through arrangements of chrysanthemum blossoms by the staff of the city agency.The mayor pointed out that there are 3 objectives the City wishes to achieve through organizing the Chrysanthemum Show: localization, globalization, and commercialization. The event’s localization aspect involves inviting stores and shops in Shilin area to take part in the event, while the organizers invited groups from the culture-creativity circle to produce merchandise related with chrysanthemum as a way of promoting commercialization. Spanning 16 days, Ko noted that the show is expected to draw 450,000 visitors. If each of these visitors can spend NT$1,000 in the neighborhood, the local economy will receive a significant boost. The mayor is very supportive of the event, citing the possible income and benefits to the local economy of Shilin.At the end of his address, the mayor expressed his gratitude to the staff of PSLO, as well as Hsi Liu Environmental Greening Foundation, Chi-hsin Agricultural Development Foundation, and Everlight Cultural Foundation for their support.