Working with the Ministry of Culture, the National Taitung Living Art Center's 2019 Original Living Art Festival will kick off on Oct. 5 at the Hualien Cultural Creative Industries Park. Now entering its fifth year, the Original Living Art Festival has garnered the participation of hundreds of original artists. With the combined synergy of the creative parks of greater Gangkou (港口) and Dulan (都蘭) areas, as well as last month's Taiwan-Okinawa H.O.T. Islands Music Festival, the Ministry of Culture continues to promote art development on the Taiwanese east coast.
Su Su-min (蘇素敏), chief curator of the festival, explained that residents of Hualien and Taitung encounter many different challenges and embrace diverse cultural lifestyles and values. This year's festival theme shall present the many diverse facets of the east coast and promote the "do one thing" movement. The festival wants to encourage everyone to be more proactive, meet different ethnic and cultural groups, eat exotic dishes, go to an exhibition, listen to music, watch a performance, or purchase a book or CD — to "do one thing" related to culture.
The festival has gathered a total of 16 artists to express their perspectives on 6 sub-topics: Void vs. History, Disaster vs. Everyday, City vs. Creation, Nature vs. Culture, Travel vs. Unique Mementos, and Land vs. Food, each contrasting another to portray the different aspects of the east coast. The festival will use artistic interpretations in the form of paintings, sculptures, installations, and video presentations to unveil the stories of Hualien and Taitung.
The 2019 Original Living Art Festival will be held at the Hualien Cultural Creative Industries Park from Oct. 5 through 20, and everyone is invited to experience the original innovative creativity and culture of Hualien and Taitung. The full program is available at www.origlifeart.tw.