Date: October 14, 2016
An exhibition by local and foreign artists is currently running at the Xue Xue Institute in Taipei
City’s Neihu District, highlighting opposition to a proposal that, if approved, would authorize the construction and operation of casinos in offshore Penghu County.
Residents of the archipelago will head to the polls Oct. 15 to take part in a referendum on the issue, the second time such a vote has been held since 2009. The first took place Sept. 26 of that year following the passage of an amendment to the Offshore Islands Development Act that allows local citizens to vote on the establishment of gambling facilities. The proposal failed after being rejected by roughly 56 percent of voters.
Titled “A Sea to Our Children,” the exhibition runs until Nov. 20 and includes art, sound and film installations expressing the artists’ anti-gambling views, as well as their desire to protect the environment, which they say would be irrevocably damaged by casino construction and the resulting influx of gamblers. [FULL STORY]