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ISSUE #609
The 2023 South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival takes place from March 13 to 18, and the Taiwan Beats Showcase was held at the Elysium on March 14, bringing together Taiwanese artists for a series of performances. These talents have arranged a series of collaborations and additional performances during the festival.
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.
The Taiwan Cultural Center in Tokyo, in collaboration with several institutions including Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Books Kinokuniya, and Otsuchi Town Cultural Exchange Center, kicked off a traveling exhibition to promote Taiwanese comic books in Japan.
Ministry Updates
Culture Minister Shih Che, along with Pingtung County Mayor Chou Chun-mi, paid a visit to Pingtung County on March 12, and inspected a number of historical sites that had undergone restoration under the Reconstruction of Historical Scenes project as well as exchanged ideas with local cultural and creative entrepreneurs. 
The Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute (TFAI) collaborates with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre for its 50th anniversary to present a cross-disciplinary film festival titled "Motion & Image: Five Film Conversations with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre," allowing the audience to relive their dance works on screen.
The works of two Taiwanese artists, Ohau Chen and Wu Siou-ming, took home the Arte Laguna Prize at the international art and design competition in Venice on March 11. This year, 240 artists from 50 countries exhibited their works at the event, including 8 Taiwanese artists whose works were shortlisted for the award.
Cultural Features
Wang Qing-fang is skilled in playing a variety of traditional archetypes, including winning the Jing Award in several Hakka opera competitions. In 2014, the Ministry of Culture listed Luantan opera as one of the Important Traditional Performing Arts, and in 2020, Wang was registered as a Preserver of the Important Traditional Performing Art of Luantan Opera, becoming one of Taiwan's "living national treasures."
The Taiwan Pineapple Museum is the only remaining canned pineapple industrial building from the Japanese occupation of Taiwan. Taiwan is a kingdom of fruits, and pineapple is one of its representatives. For a period of time after World War II, Taiwan was the world champion of canned pineapple production, and the foundation was laid during the Japanese occupation.
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