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ISSUE #620
The Cultural Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Spain, in collaboration with LUCfest and an independent culture agency 9-Kick, is presenting Taiwan's experimental music band Lilium and hip-hop music artist Chunyuan at Primavera Pro in Barcelona.
"Nature Matters" features the works of eight Taiwanese artists who specialize in modern art at Twin Oaks Estate in Washington D.C. until July 2023. It highlights the positive environmental and social impact brought by sincere introspection and action, to encourage people to take action to protect the planet.
The project "Diachronic Apparatuses of Taiwan – Architecture as on-going details within landscape," with an aim to initiate a dialogue between synthetic and real ground, and to relearn from the countryside, responds to the theme "The Laboratory of the Future" of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition.
Ministry Updates
The 42nd National Cultural Award awards ceremony was held at the Taipei Zhongshan Hall on May 31, where Premier Chen Chien-jen presented the Medal of Culture to violinist Li Shu-de, master puppeteer Toshio Huang, and theater performance arts educator Wu Jing-jyi.
This year, the meeting of the Southeast Asia Advisory Committee on May 30 saw the participation of 15 advisory committee members from 10 countries including Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Vietnam, India, and New Zealand.
"Compound Eyes of Tropical," a Taiwanese animated film, was screened during the Roppongi Art Night, a one-night art extravaganza staged throughout the city of Roppongi, Japan from May 27 to 28. This screening was made possible through a collaboration between the Taiwan Cultural Center in Tokyo and the Mori Art Museum.
Cultural Features
Chen Ya-lan, born Chen Wen-tsui, comes from a family of Taiwanese opera performers and is a well-known xiaosheng (performer of male lead characters) in the Taiwanese opera genre. In 2022, she won Best Male in a Drama at the 57th Golden Bell Awards with her performance in the televised Taiwanese opera "Lord Jiaqing and the Journey to Taiwan," setting a new record in Taiwanese television history.
The Changhua Roundhouse is a must-see historic site that's been dubbed "the last steam train paradise in the country." This living monument is dedicated to preserving the fascinating evolution of Taiwan's railway history. The name "roundhouse" comes from the circular design of the facility, with a turntable at the center and tracks radiating outward like a fan.
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