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ISSUE #616
The Singapore Chinese Film Festival has unveiled the lineup for its 11th edition, presenting a total of 55 feature films, documentaries, and short films from April 28 to May 7. In addition, 22 Taiwanese films will be screened, with “Workers The Movie” to premiere internationally as the closing film of the festival.
France-based Taiwanese sound artist Lin Chi-wei is partnering with the Swiss chamber choir L'Académie vocale de Suisse romande to present five performances until May 13 at the Festival De Bande Dessinée Lausanne (BDFIL), an international comic strip festival held in Lausanne, Switzerland.
"Isa Ho: Resonance – Westbeth Project," running from May 5 to 26, showcases Isa Ho's decade-long project through a selection of works ranging from 2013 to the present. The exhibition includes photos, videos, and documentaries, as well as a new NFT installation created in collaboration with artist Chen Zhao-hua.
Ministry Updates
Tainan City's pilgrimage procession "Back to Baijiao" was added to the list of important folk customs and Xuejia Ciji Temple was designated as its preserver in 2022 by the Ministry of Culture. On April 30, Vice Minister Lee Lien-chuan presented a national folk customs recognition certificate to the temple on behalf of Culture Minister Shih Che.  
The official website of the Grammy Awards has recently released a list of "10 Emerging Jazz Artists To Watch," with Taiwanese vibraphonist Lu Chien-Chien being the only musician from Taiwan to be featured on the list. Lu said that she never dreamed of such a day, "this is the closest I've ever been to the Grammy Awards in my life."
Taiwanese film "Day Off" directed by Fu Tien-yu has won the Mulberry Award for Best Screenplay at the 2023 Far East Film Festival, beating out 43 films from 11 Asian countries. Members of the international jury pointed out that it was not an easy decision, however, "Day Off" left a strong impression.
Cultural Features
Crowd Lu is a Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actor. He has achieved the impressive feat of winning Taiwan's three biggest awards—the Golden Melody, Golden Bell, and Golden Horse Awards—making him the youngest triple winner in the country’s history. Lu’s voice is powerful and moving, and his songwriting is inspired by everyday life, showcasing a pure and unadorned quality that makes it easy for listeners to connect with.
In 2016, Kao Ching-jung returned to his hometown of Nanxing Community and used his expertise in art and design to revitalize the unused warehouse of the Shen Nong Yongchang Temple in Daxi District, where he established Day Day Tian Studio. Through collaborative learning and creation with residents, it preserves and showcases the diverse characteristics of the local community.
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