Art and Entertainment

Free admission to 147 museums nationwide on Oct. 17 in celebration of Taiwan Culture Day

Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun has high hopes for cultural preservation

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/10/17
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture is celebrating the Taiwan

Chiang Wei-shui Cultural Foundation presented a photograph of a 90-year-old telegram to Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun (left) (By Taiwan News)

Culture Day, as well as the 96th anniversary of Taiwan Cultural Association (TCA), on Tuesday, October 17, with 147 museums nationwide offering free admission for citizens on this day, the ministry announced a plan to restore historical documents and manuscripts associated with cultural enlightenment led by the organization.

Taiwanese democracy pioneer Dr. Chiang Wei-shui co-founded the TCA, an important organization that helped bring democracy in Taiwan’s history, on October 17, 1921, during the Japanese occupation.

In her speech, Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun expressed her appreciation for the contribution of the TCA to the development of the nation’s culture and democracy, saying that exactly 96 years ago, the pioneers of Taiwan’s cultural and democracy movements, including Chiang Wei-shui, laid a strong foundation of awareness for the country’s burgeoning democracy through enlightenment-based newspapers, speeches, plays and workshops.    [FULL  STORY]

Modern dance piece pays tribute to pro-democracy pioneer

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/10/17
By: Christie Chen 

Taipei, Oct. 17 (CNA) A modern dance piece by late American choreographer Eleo Pomare that pays tribute to Taiwanese pro-democracy pioneer Nylon Cheng (鄭南榕) will be featured at an upcoming dance festival in Taipei, organizers of the festival announced Tuesday.

The piece, titled “Tableaux” (那個時代), will be performed at the 2017 Tsai Jui-Yueh International Dance Festival from Nov. 2-5.

It is inspired by the life and death of Cheng, who is often referred to as the “Father of Free Speech” in Taiwan and is known for setting himself on fire in 1989 to protest the lack of freedom of expression in the country.

The piece was choreographed by Pomare, whose works often touch on the topic of social injustice and the plight of black people.    [FULL  STORY]

Nuit Blanche art festival kicks off in Taipei Saturday night

The art festival is intended to make you sleepless all night for the sake of arts.

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/10/07
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The annual cultural festival Nuit Blanche is about to kick off

The Nuit Blanche art festival (By Central News Agency)

on Saturday night with an abundance of performances, live concerts, exhibitions, and forums in different parts of the city, inviting urban flâneurs to occupy the streets all night for the sake of arts.

This year, the festival will take place in the southern tip of the capital, stretching from National Taiwan University (NTU) to the Taipower building, and eventually ending at Taipei City Hakka Cultural Park.

With the spirit of “all-night events”, “free for all” and “civic engagement”, the festival aims to transform the city into an open gallery where every citizen is welcomed. Visitors are invited not only to appreciate works of art, but also to interact with artworks, and even to take part in the creation of arts.   [FULL  STORY]

Actress-producer Hsu Feng to receive Golden Horse lifetime award

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/01
By: Christie Chen

Taipei, Aug. 1 (CNA) Taiwanese actress and producer Hsu Feng (徐楓), whose

Photo courtesy of the Golden Horse festival’s executive committee

cinematic career has spanned almost four decades, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Horse Awards this year, the festival’s executive committee announced on Tuesday.

“I would like to thank the Golden Horse Awards’ judges for their affirmation. This encourages me to return to film production soon as the best way to repay the Golden Horse Awards,” the 66-year-old actress said after learning about the honor.

Hsu’s first screen appearance was a bit part in King Hu’s martial arts film “Dragon Gate Inn.”

In 1970, she played the daughter of a Ming Dynasty politician in another of Hu’s martial arts film, “A Touch of Zen,” a role for which she gained international fame. The film won the Technical Grand Prize at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival.
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Golden Melody: Veterans, newcomers split top awards

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/06/25
By: Christie Chen

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) Music veterans and newcomers on Saturday split the top awards at the 28th

Taiwan band No Party For Cao Dong

Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan’s biggest music awards event.

Taiwanese singer Sangpuy Katatepan (桑布伊), known for performing the ancient tunes of his indigenous Puyuma tribe, grabbed the night’s biggest award, Album of the Year, with his “Yaangad.”

He also won the awards for Best Vocalist–Aboriginal Language and Best Vocal Recording Album.

Veteran rock band Mayday (五月天), meanwhile, picked up the Best Album in Mandarin and Best Lyricist with its “History of Tomorrow.”    [FULL  STORY]

Film ‘The Receptionist’ to premier across Taiwan June 23Film ‘The Receptionist’ to premier across Taiwan June 23

Joint Taiwan-UK film ‘The Receptionist’ about dark underworld of illegal massage parlors in London premiers June 23  Taiwan News

Date: 2017/06/22
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — London-based Taiwanese director Jenny Lu’s (盧謹明) debut feature film “The

Scene from the film “The Receptionist.”

Receptionist” will officially premier Friday, June 23 in 11 theaters in six cities across Taiwan.

“The Receptionist” is a film based on a true story and portrays the dark underworld of illegal massage parlors in London. The movie tells the story through the eyes of a Taiwanese college graduate who has had to resort to working as receptionist at a massage parlor after failing to find a respectable job during the 2008 economic crisis.

A joint venture between Taiwanese and British movie production companies, the film shows the lives of Asian migrant women who had come to London to seek opportunities, but find themselves being forced to work in the illegal sex trade to survive and face its harsh realities.     [FULL  STORY]

Ed Sheeran to start Asian tour in Taipei in October

Venue and ticket prices likely to be announced on June 8

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/05/10
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese fans of British pop star Ed Sheeran, who is at

Ed Sheeran to perform in Taipei Oct.22. (By Associated Press)

the moment scoring a huge hit worldwide with the song “Shape Of You,” will only have to wait until October 22 to see their idol perform live in Taipei, reports said Wednesday.

The 26-year-old redhead who names his albums for mathematical symbols will apparently perform at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, according to an unconfirmed report by the Chinese-language Apple Daily. More details will be revealed on June 8, the tour organizer AEG announced on its Facebook page Wednesday.

Sheeran’s Asia Tour will take him to another 11 destinations, from Osaka, Tokyo and Hong Kong over Bangkok and Mumbai to end in Dubai on November 23.
[FULL  STORY]

Director and screenwriter spar over Taiwanese thriller

Argument centers on payment for use of original story idea

Taiwan News
Date: 017/04/01
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The director and the screenwriter of just-released Taiwanese

(Photo from Facebook)

crime thriller “Who Killed Cock Robin?” (目擊者) sparred over a payment dispute Saturday.

The movie tells the story of a journalist who finds out that his car was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident he once witnessed and took pictures of which were too blurred to use as evidence.

The present-day dispute between director Cheng Wei-hao (程偉豪) and screenwriter Dorothy Chen (陳玉珊) almost echoes the who-said-what intrigue of the movie itself.

The author claimed that while the movie was released on March 31, she still had not seen the NT$150,000 (US$4,900) she had been promised for her writing.
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Taiwan rock band Mayday draws in tens of thousands at free concert

Kicking off their set with some of their most popular singles, the band thanked the fans for returning to the Daan Park.

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/03/30
By: Wendy Lee , Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Tens of thousands of fans flocked to Taipei’s Daan Forest Park

(By Central News Agency)

Wednesday as iconic rock band Mayday put on a free concert, marking the group’s 20th anniversary.

Dubbed the “Chinese Beatles,” Mayday is one of the Chinese-speaking world’s biggest bands.

The popular rock group made a surprise announcement last week that they will celebrate the anniversary with a free concert at the same venue where they held their first major concert 20 years ago.

The park, which boasts an outdoor concert stage with space capacity for up to 5,000 viewers, was packed with some 35,000 people last night, many of whom had been waiting outside the venue since the early morning to secure a good spot.
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Staff to clear crowds from venue before free Mayday Concert

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/03/27
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Fans will be admitted to the site of the free concert starting the afternoon on March 29. (photo courtesy of the PSLO)

With the free Mayday Concert at Daan Forest Park on March 29 approaching, Taipei City’s Parks and Street Lights Office (PSLO) began to clear the crowds camping out at the venue on Monday morning, to minimize the impact of fans on the surrounding neighborhood.

Fans will be admitted to the site of the free concert starting the afternoon on March 29, according to the city government. City government staff and police officers will be stationed at the site to maintain order.

PSLO Director Huang Li-yuan noted that Daan Forest Park boasts an outdoor concert stage with space capacity for 1,500 viewers (accommodating up to 5,000 if including the surrounding greens). To ensure the least disruption to the neighborhood, the PSLO will work with the police and Bin-Music, the music company responsible for holding the concert, to vacate the site first to ensure fairness of concert seating.   [FULL  STORY]