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ISSUE #657
The One World International Film Festival, the largest human rights film festival in the world, commenced in the Czech Republic on Mar. 20. This year, the festival highlights three works from Taiwan.
"Small Island Big Song," a unique music, film, and performing arts project, is set to embark on its 2024 US tour in February. The project serves as a powerful medium for connecting the islands of the Pacific and Indian Ocean through artistic collaboration.
The Cinematheque, a Canadian film institute, is hosting a screening event titled "Are You Lonesome Tonight? The Films of Edward Yang" from Mar. 28 to Apr. 29, showing seven films of the late Taiwanese director Edward Yang (1947-2007).
Ministry Updates
In response to the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck the coast of Hualien County on Apr. 3, the Ministry of Culture immediately initiated an inspection of cultural heritage sites across the country. As of Apr. 4, 59 sites were affected.  
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The Ministry of Culture launched the "Cultural Tour: Theaters at Villages" program in 2023 to promote cultural equity and to support the performing art industry and local performing arts groups.
The "kua-á-siōng-tshenn: 2023 Taiwanese Opera Competition" organized by the National Center for Traditional Arts was honored with the MUSE Creative Awards in the Cultural Event category. 
Cultural Features
Growing up in war-scarred China, Sima Zhongyuan joined the army at the age of 15. Having little access to formal schooling when he was young, Sima mostly relied on self-study for his knowledge. After coming to Taiwan with the Nationalist army, he successively served as an instructor, training officer, and information officer.
Cherry blossoms around Taiwan begin blooming towards the end of February and the blooming season is usually over by the beginning of April. One very popular flower-viewing location in the north lies just outside the coastal town of Tamsui. The Tian Yuan Temple can be found on the northwest side of Yangmingshan National Park.
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