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Mayor Transforms into Wizard to Celebrate Children’s Day with Theater Audience

Mayor Chiang joins actors from IF Kids Theatric Group and young audience members after the playOn April 4, Mayor Chiang Wan-an dressed up as a wizard as he celebrated Children’s Day with the young audience of IF Kids Theatric Group. Appearing on stage as special guest, the mayor presided over a quiz session and an interactive dancing and singing game with the kids. He also took the opportunity to promote upcoming Children’s Day activities.


The mayor began his address by wishing all the kids a happy Children’s Day and expressing his gratitude to the members of IF Kids Theatric Group. He recalled an earlier project working in collaboration with IF Kids which he took on the role of storyteller. 


Chiang remarked that what moved him the most about IF Kids is the fact that the group held over 300 performances over the past 23 years, bringing laughter and excitement to audience spanning multiple age groups. While the pandemic has brought challenges to organizers of kids-related events over the past few years, he nonetheless expressed hope for the future and looks forward to the holding of more indoor performances and outdoor activities, as well as the creation of an active outdoor and family-friendly environment at the Taipei Children’s Amusement Park. With the resuming of regular performance schedule, Chiang invited the public to come and watch the plays on weekends. 


According to the mayor, he is no stranger to the pains of childrearing for working parents, as his youngest child is only two months old and waking up at 3 AM to prepare baby formula is a routine occurrence. That is why the city government is increasing birth incentives and childcare subsidies to assist parents and help them relieve some of the child-rearing pressures.


Regarding the innovative policy on a “reversal day” during April where kids can enjoy a school day where class is 10 minutes long while recess lasts 40 minutes, Chiang remarked that it is a way for children to learn how to take charge of their own learning through allocating time to what they like and are interested in. He believes that the approach is important and meaningful.