President Tsai returns to Pingtung for annual concert

President Tsai Ing-wen was in the southernmost county of Pingtung on Sunday for the annual Presidential Office Concert. In the past, the annual Presidential Office concert was held inside the Presidential Office building. This year, though, the concert took place in the president's home county, and featured traditionally inspired local music.

This was President Tsai's first time attending the concert in her capacity as president. She said she was delighted to be able to return to her home county during the Dragon Boat Festival weekend, and was proud of the local musicians. A number of foreign representatives to Taiwan were also in attendance.

This year's concert featured music in the Minnan and Hakka dialects, as well as the music of Pingtung County's indigenous peoples. President Tsai said during the opening that she hoped they would sing the well-known Hengchun folk song Si Hsiang Chi (Thoughts Arising) by beloved local songwriter Chen Da. At the end of the concert all of the musicians took to the stage to sing a modified version of that song.

Source: Radio Taiwan International