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Taiwan Democracy Train - Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy pre-tour

24-05-2019

Ahead of the 2019 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, which will take place from 2 - 5 October in Taichung, Taiwan we are organising an optional pre-forum briefing tour for interested participants of the Global Forum.

 

When?  30 September - 2 October 2019

Where? Taipei & Taichung, Taiwan

Register for the pre-tour by writing to info@2019globalforum.com.

 

Please note that only people who have registered to participate in the ensuing Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy can sign up for the pretour.

Info and registration for the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy can be found here.

This pre-forum briefing tour program features a train between Taipei and Kaohsiung especially arranged for our participants. The train will make several stops along the Taiwanese West coast in places key to democracy: Wanhua, Jongli, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi and Tainan. Departure will be on Monday morning and participants will be brought back to Taichung every evening, making it possible to stay in the same hotel as during the Conference. Participants who want to take part in the briefing tour are advised to book accommodation in Taichung for five nights: from Monday 30 September until Saturday 5 October.

The Taiwan Democracy Train will be a special train reserved uniquely for Forum participants and will bring together both Taiwanese democracy supporters and international participants of the Global Forum. Seating on the train is limited, 130 train tickets will be made available to international participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Participation in the pre-forum briefing tour is free of charge and lunch will be provided.

At the various stops, there will be short input statements by international participants, walking tours on local democracy issues and opportunities to meet with local activists and democracy experts. The pre-forum briefing tour will take place from Monday 30 September until Wednesday 2 October.

 

Preliminary schedule of the Taiwan Democracy Train

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

  • 8.00 - Taipei Main Station: Opening Ceremony hosted by the Taiwan Minister for Transportation and Communications LIN, Chia-Lung. First international input.
  • 8.30 - Taipei Main Station: Departure of the Taiwan Democracy Train. Short ride to first stop.
  • 8.36 - Wanhua Railway Station: Local meetings and second international input.
  • 10.20 - Wanhua Railway Station: Departure. Briefing and debates on the Taiwan Democracy Train.
  • 11.03 - Jongli Railway Station (Taouyan City): Local meetings and third international input.
  • 12.30 - Jongli Railway Station (Taouyan City): Departure. Lunch-time, Briefings and debates on the Taiwan Democracy Train.
  • 13.28 - Hsinchu Railway Station: Local meetings and fourth international input.
  • 15.10 - Hsinchu Railway Station: Departure. Briefings and debates on the Taiwan Democracy Train.
  • 16.50 - Taichung Railway Station: Transfer to hotels and check-in. Free evening in Taichung.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1

  • 8.00 - Taichung Railway Station: Gathering for second day on the “Taiwan Democracy Train”
  • 8.30 - Taichung Railway Station: Departure. Briefings and debates on the Taiwan Democracy Train.
  • 10.28 - Chiayi Railway Station: Local meetings and fifth international input.
  • 12.00 - Chiayi Railway Station: Departure. Lunch-time, briefing and debates on the Taiwan Democracy Train.
  • 13.11 - Tainan Railway Station: Local meetings and sixth international input.
  • 14.50 - Tainan Railway Station: Departure. Briefings and debates on the Taiwan Democracy Train.
  • 16.00 - Kaohsiung Railway Station: Local meetings and seventh international input.
  • 17.30 - Kaohsiung Railway Station: Departure. Dinner-time, and the final hours on the Taiwan Democracy Train.
  • 21.00 - Taichung Railway Station: Arrival.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2

  • 8.00 - Taichung Railway Station: Gathering for third day of the briefing tour which will take place in Taichung. Eight and last international input. Program until mid-afternoon hosted by the Light Foundation.

Followed by the official opening event and main programme for the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy.

Image credits: Taipei (Courtesy of Marek Kubica - CC BY SA 2.0) - Taichung (Courtesy of Michael Spadoni - CC0)

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