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ISSUE #580
Shan Puppet Theater, an internationally acclaimed Taiwanese puppetry troupe, is touring in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Detroit, and Ann Arbor from Aug. 4 to 21. Audiences are sure to enjoy the unique aesthetics of Taiwanese classical hand puppetry through intricate puppets, expert puppetry, and lively music.
In collaboration with the Taipei Representative Office in the UK and the Ministry of Culture, HOME presents a range of Taiwanese swordplay films that were produced in the late 60s and early 70s to audiences in Manchester, UK from Aug. 6 through 31.
Following the success of the solo exhibition by world-renowned photographer Thomas Ruff last year, a large-scale solo exhibition "Erwin Olaf: Perfect Moment – Incomplete World," curated by the Suwon Museum of Art in South Korea, is presented at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan from Aug. 13 to Nov. 27.
Ministry Updates
MOC & Canadian museum signs MoU for further exchanges
The Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles of the Ministry of Culture has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Museum of Vancouver, the largest civic museum in Canada, on Aug. 10, marking another milestone to strengthen cultural exchange between both nations.
Taiwan designers sweep the board at World Stage Design
Taiwanese designers have swept the board at this year's World Stage Design, an 11-day event featuring an exhibition of works by designers from 35 countries, taking home the first, second, and third prize for Projection Design under the Professional Designers category at the awards ceremony on Aug. 10 in Calgary, Canada.
Shan Puppet Theatre receives warm response in US
With the support from the Taiwan Academy Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles (TECO-LA), the Shan Puppet Theatre, an internationally acclaimed Taiwanese puppetry troupe, brought its performances to three cities-San Diego, Los Angeles, and Irvine- in California from Aug. 7 to 10.
Cultural Features
Following the creed that 'the local is global, and the national is international,' Kuo Chih-yuan composed songs that were both elegant and popular, he was a rare pioneer of both classical and modern music in his time. Originally an academic musician, he had always been on the fringes of the music mainstream due to his unwillingness to adapt to the change in political regime after the Nationalist government decamped to Taiwan.
Father of Modern Taiwanese Folk Music | Kuo Chih-yuan
"Big Matsu Hall" is a nickname for Li Chuen Yuan because it is the designated music troupe to accompany the main Matsu statue of Nanyao Temple during the goddess' grand pilgrimage procession. This saying not only signifies that Li Chuen Yuan is the regional leader of all Begiuan music troupes, but also how its music hall serves as a gathering place for local musicians, intellectuals, and authority figures of the community.
Li Chuen Yuan Beiguan Music Troupe
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