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ISSUE #607
Following the release of his French-translated novel "The Pearls," Taiwanese author Chi Ta-wei has been invited to hold meet-and-greet sessions at the 2023 edition of Atlantide, a literary festival in Nantes, from March 2 to 5, where he shares his creative process of writing a book.
Under the aegis of Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute and the Taiwan Cinema Toolkit Project, the King Hu & Taiwanese Martial Arts Film Festival is taking place from March 1 to 16, playing 11 classic films produced or shot in Taiwan, with each film screening twice, along with the seminars.
Paiwan artist Aluaiy Kaumaka's textile sculpture "Semasipu - Remembering Our Intimacies" is on display at the Adelaide Contemporary Experimental from Feb. 4 to March 18. The "Casiquiare" touring exhibition is an extension of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney.
Ministry Updates
Taiwan's first-ever circus arts festival, Focasa, took place at Tainan's Shueijiaoshe Cultural Park from Feb. 22 to 28. Accompanied by the Mayor of Tainan City Huang Wei-che, Culture Minister Shih Che visited the festival as well as several cultural attractions in Tainan on Feb. 27. 
To facilitate cultural exchanges between the indigenous peoples of Taiwan and New Zealand, the Cultural Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Sydney, with the support of the Ministry of Culture, has embarked on a collaboration with New Zealand to launch an inaugural residency exchange program.
From March 9 to May 31, a traveling exhibition showcasing 288 comic artworks that symbolize the friendship of Taiwan and Japan will be displayed at Books Kinokuniya (Shinjuku Main Store), Otsuchi Town Cultural Exchange Center, and the Taiwan Cultural Center in Tokyo.
Cultural Features
Illustrator Cho Pei-hsin has lived in Europe for many years and has a long history of experience with foreign cultures. She has found that when faced with cultural and linguistic differences, people rely more on images when conveying information to others, which inspired her to think further about creative work: by creating works related to nature, it may be possible to overcome the barriers of cross-cultural communication.
Tsao Ya-ping, who resolutely guarded her simple hometown, returned to Matsu from Taiwan and served as the initiator of the anti-casino movement. In 2017, she ran to become the first chair of the Matsu Youth Development Association, picking up the responsibility to lead the younger generation to explore this outlying island anew and reconstruct the distinctively Matsu local culture.
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