Art and Entertainment

Celine Dion sings in Taipei for the first time ever

Celine Dion Taipei show goes on after typhoon exits stage

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/07/12
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Worldwide superstar diva Celine Dion sang in

Celine Dion sings in Taipei. (By Central News Agency)

concert for the first time in Taipei last night (July 11), the first of three scheduled shows for the singer at the Taipei Arena and despite Typhoon Maria, which had just left the country hours before her performance, reported CNA.

Dion opened the show with “The Power of Love” and when on to sing more than 20 songs and changed into 6 different costumes over the course of one hour and fifty minutes. She ended the show with her famous song “My Heart Will Go On” from the blockbuster flm “Titanic.”     [FULL  STORY]

Golden Melody Awards: Veterans take top awards

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/06/24
By: Hsu Hsiao-ling and Ko Lin

Taipei, June 24 (CNA) Music veterans Eason Chan (陳奕迅) and Lala Hsu (徐佳瑩) on Saturday took top awards at the 29th Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan’s biggest music awards event.

Hong Kong singer Chan took home the awards for best Mandarin Male Vocalist and the Album of the Year, which he also won in 2003.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese singer-songwriter Hsu took the Best Album in Mandarin and the best Mandarin Female Vocalist that day.
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Movie star Evangeline Lilly raves about Taiwan

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ star Evangeline Lilly lauds Taiwan’s red carpet and food during TV interview

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/06/22
By: Scott Morgan, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – “Ant-Man and the Wasp” star Evangeline Lilly described her

Evangeline Lilly at Comic-con in 2014 (By Wikimedia Commons)

recent trip to Taiwan as “fantastic” and raved about Taiwan’s red carpet and food in an interview on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! program on June 21.

When asked what Taiwan was like, Lilly replied “it was fantastic” with a broad smile.

“it was on one of the classiest most beautiful red carpets I’ve ever been on in my career, including Cannes” Lilly added.

Lilly also lauded Taiwan’s food and was a big fan of the ice cream.

“I ate everything there was … the coolest thing I ate in Taiwan was traditional Taiwanese ice cream, available in 75 flavors” she said.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese artist to hold exhibition in Sicilian palace

The acclaimed artist’s exhibition will feature traditional ink wash painting and bed sheets

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/06/15
By: Scott Morgan, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Acclaimed Taiwanese artist Yahon Chang (張耀煌) will hold

Yahon Chang in action in Palmero, Italy (By Central News Agency)

an exhibition titled “Poetry of the Flow” in Palmero, Italy from June 17 to August 19, reported CNA.

The exhibition will be held in Palazzo Chiaramonte, a 14th century palace turn museum and will showcase traditional ink wash painting with a modern twist.

Chang’s exhibition will feature pieces on a variety of mediums, including bed sheets acquired in Palmero.

Chang said that he hopes the exhibition will turn the museum into a place where visitors can interact with his art and will provide viewers a prompt to think about cotemporary philosophy and existing issues, reported CNA.

Chang went on to say the historical and cultural influences of the Sicilian capital have influenced his art.   FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s arts coming to George Town festival

The Star Online
Date: Saturday, 2 Jun 2018

TAIWANESE performing arts will become a feature of George Town Festival 2018 (GTF).

Coined “Isle to Isle”, a layered series of programmes highlighting the best of


(From right) Sidek showing a pamphlet to Chou, Taipei Investors in Malaysia vice-president Datuk Lee Hung Lung and Penang Alumni Associations of Taiwan Universities president Lim Goay Huah after the press conference in George Town, Penang.

Taiwanese performing arts, creative and art administration will be featured at the festival.

The series will run from Aug 12 to 19 and will showcase and create a discourse on the arts and the use of creative spaces to generate people-centric experiences, said GTF director Joe Sidek.

GTF and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia (Teco) announced the collaboration recently in an effort to create closer ties between the arts and design community of both islands.

“We are excited to work with Teco along with other Taiwanese organisations on this project.   [FULL  STORY]

Fulbright Taiwan grant for art administration open for applications

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/04/13
By: Lo Yuan-shao and Kuan-lin Liu

Taipei, April 13 (CNA) The Ministry of Culture (MOC) and Fulbright Taiwan announced Friday that a new program has opened for applications, offering grants for three spots for Taiwanese professionals in art administration to travel to the United States for a three-month training program.

A memorandum of understanding for the new grant was signed at a Friday event by the MOC’s Samuel S.K. Wu (吳紹開), director-general of the Department of Cultural Exchange, and William Vocke, executive director of the Fulbright Taiwan Foundation for Scholarly Exchange.

According to Wu, the program has been two years in the making, based on an idea that he proposed to the Fulbright Program during his first visit to the U.S. after taking up his current position as director-general.    [FULL  STORY]

Winners of Filipino rap battle in northern Taiwan selected

Six winners of Filipino rap battle in northern Taiwan’s Taoyuan announced 

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/04/09
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The winners of a rap battle held on Sunday (April 8) were

Allan Viray takes selfie with crowd. (Photo by Allan Viray)

officially announced at the competition held in Taoyuan’s Zhongli District, according to event organizer and head of Alpha Martial Eagles Production (AMEP), Allan Viray.

The winner of Sunday’s event in Zhongli, titled The Laklakan Series Volume 1 Lokal Artist Rap Battle + Open Mic Session, included Ace J, Kenrick, Joey Write, Rzone, Kevin J and DJ. There was actually a tie between Kevin J and DJ.   [FULL  STORY]

Jordanian Sand Bottle Art in Taiwan

Formosa News
Date: 2018/04/08

Immigrants from all over the world come to Taiwan, where they strive to start a new life in a different culture. In the latest part of our ongoing series, we present to you Jordanian Oqba Al-Homoud who is promoting Jordan’s national art of creating images by layering colored sand in bottles.

Jordanian Oqba Al-Hamoud trickles layer upon layer of colored sand into a bottle. With deft whisks and flicks of a bamboo stick or spoon, a vibrant picture is created entirely out of sand.     [FULL  STORY]

Paper Windmill to stage Hakka version of popular comic

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-04-02

A local children’s theater company is breathing new life into one of Taiwan’s most popular

The play features one of Taiwan’s most popular comic books from the 1950s and 60s. (CNA photo)

comic books from the 1950s and 60s. A new version, featuring a variety of languages, is set to hit the stage in May.

“One of Taiwan’s very cartoon heroes – Zhuge Silang  – jumps from the pages of a comic book onto the stage. This is the handiwork of a local children’s theater company — Paper Windmill.

The character is part of the collective memory of a generation of Taiwanese, who devoured the comic books in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It went on to become a popular television show, and last year, it was presented as a dynamic show for children.    [FULL  STORY]

Just for you in Taipei – ventriloquism: theater for audience of one 

The audience does not just ‘see’ theatre, They ‘experience’ it

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/03/26
By:  Maggie Huang, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The magical possibility of ventriloquism is enchanted as it makes an inanimate piece of wood and cloth open its eyes and speak.

Collaborating with the Grinnell Institute for Global Engagement, the Riverbed Theatre is presenting its Just for You production titled “ventriloquism” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (MOCA) from March 26 to April 1.

Just for You is a series of one-person-audience productions which explores the magical space between fact and fiction of ventriloquism, giving the audience a most immersive and intimate theater experience of the lifetime.    [FULL  STORY]