New Taipei opens song contest for migrant workers

Taipei, June 14 (CNA) New Taipei has opened a labor singing competition to migrant workers for the first time this year in its 16-year history, giving more people a chance to win the NT$300,000 ( US$10,073) in prize money, the city’s Department of Labor Affairs announced on Tuesday.

“The 2022 Labor Star Singing Competition,” which begins with a preliminary round on July 23, will include a “Migrant Group” category for migrant workers aged 18 and over who have lived or worked in the city for the past three years.

Other competing groups are for Taiwanese – the “Vitality star group” for 18-45 year olds and the “Charming star group” for over 46 year olds.

Registration is from June 13 until July 15 at 6 p.m.

The preliminary round for migrant workers will take place on August 7. They will have to sing one of 140 pre-selected songs in Mandarin and Taiwanese listed on the event’s website, and will not be allowed to bring their own musical accompaniment, the Labor Affairs department says.

Although many migrant workers in Taiwan come from Southeast Asia, they are asked to sing songs in Mandarin or Taiwanese to promote music in the languages ​​used in Taiwan, said Lee Wen-huan (李文煥), head of the Department’s Labor Education and Recreation Division. ANC.

They will be judged on their skills in pitch (40%), tone and emotion (40%), direction (10%) and style (10%). The top 20 applicants for migrant workers will advance to the semifinals, which will take place on August 28, according to the city department.

The top 10 will reach the final on September 25, where the champion will win a prize of NT$30,000, and prizes of NT$20,000, NT$15,000, NT$10,000 and NT$6,000 will go to the next four respectively. first.

Others finishing in the top 10 will each receive a prize of NT$3,000.

There were a total of 86,870 migrant workers in New Taipei, according to Labor Ministry statistics as of the end of April.

(By William Yen)

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