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The Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh is back for its third edition, bringing the audience an all-year-round Taiwanese cinema experience starting in March at venues across Scotland. The screenings include "Can You Hear Me?," a film by Director Li Nien-hsiu which recently won the Best Live Action Short Film at the 59th Golden Horse Awards.
With support from the Ministry of Culture and Cultural Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Sydney, an online exhibition "Returning: Chapter 2" co-curated by Sydney Opera House and Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab is available from Feb. 23 through Dec. 30.
Organized by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibition "Eye of the storm" is held at Le Lieu Unique, the national center for contemporary arts and music venue in Nantes, France, from Oct. 7, 2022, to Jan. 8, 2023. Seven artists are invited to join the exhibition.
Ministry Updates
Minister Lee reveals changes in Taiwan Craft Competition
The press conference for the special exhibition "Taiwan Craft Stage" was held on Dec. 2. At the opening ceremony, Culture Minister Lee Yung-te announced the Taiwan Craft Competition, which has been held for 28 years, will be transformed into "Taiwan Craft Award," hoping to drive the development of the industry.
Curtain rises on 4th Taiwan International Light Festival
Supported by MOC, the 2023 Taiwan International Light Festival will be held at the outdoor area of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung from Dec. 3, 2022, to Feb. 5, 2023. Six groups of Taiwanese artists and three groups of foreign artists will bring several audio-visual performances to Taiwanese audiences.
Taiwanese poet becomes first Asian to win at Ecuador fest
Taiwanese Hakka poet Tseng Kuei-hai won the International Poet Award at the 15th Guayaquil International Poetry Festival Ileana Espinel Cedeño in Ecuador. This is the first time the award has been presented to an Asian poet. Growing up in Jiadong Township of Pingtung County, Tseng is a doctor, a poet, and an activist.
Cultural Features
Seta Bakan's grandmother, Seta Iban, was the top weaver of the Sediq people. She began weaving at the age of 10, and with nearly 80 years of experience, her weaving skills were unmatched by anyone in her tribe. People from other indigenous peoples even came to her for advice! Even during Japanese rule, when most indigenous traditions, including tattooing and weaving, were banned, she continued to weave away, staying quiet and under the radar.
Preserver of Sediq Traditional Weaving|Seta Bakan
An eye-catching target, Pengjia Islet Lighthouse was subject to bombing by Allied planes as many as four times during World War II. After the end of the war, the government invested in its reconstruction and the lighthouse resumed its service, which it continues to this day. It is an important historical site on the route between Japan and Taiwan, and an important witness to Taiwan's shipping history.
Pengjia Islet Lighthouse
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