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The Taiwan Cultural Center in Tokyo is hosting an exhibition featuring 25 ink-color paintings that depict Taiwan's landscapes and people from March 15 to April 14. The artist behind these paintings is Katsuyuki Fujii, a Japanese painter who created them in memory of his daughter, who had a deep interest in Taiwan.
Starting in March, the National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI), a governmental bureau under the Finnish Ministry of Education, is launching an annual screening program featuring Taiwanese classic films at Kino Regina, a cinema in Finland, marking the first time that KAVI has promoted Taiwanese films as a special topic.
"Nature Matters," a new art exhibition co-organized by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States and Art Bank Taiwan, features the works of eight Taiwanese artists who specialize in modern art at Twin Oaks Estate in Washington D.C. from Aug. 12, 2022, until July 2023.
Ministry Updates
The National Taiwan Museum and the National Museum of the Czech Republic signed a letter of intent for collaboration on March 30 for a special exhibition showcasing Czech castles and palaces, marking the first exchange exhibition between the two sister museums since their partnership began in 2022.  
The Megaport Festival returned to the stages of the Kaohsiung Music Center and The Pier-2 Art Center on April 1 and 2, drawing in music enthusiasts to revel in the celebration that featured Taiwanese bands as well as international musicians, marking the resumption of international music exchanges after the pandemic.
The site of the former Taichung Prison has been designated as the future National Comics Museum, Vice Premier Cheng Wen-tsan announced on April 1. In response, Culture Minister Shih Che revealed that the Ministry is working to expedite preparatory works, and the museum will start holding exhibitions by the end of this year.
Cultural Features
Ibay was an active participant in the cultural revival not only of the Kavalan people, but also of other indigenous Taiwanese peoples, including the Ketagalan and the Sakizaya, whose ritual culture had fallen into gradual decline. Ibay was committed to keeping traditional culture alive, helping endangered indigenous cultures to continue on. Her selfless dedication was also a shining example of the vitality and dynamism of Taiwan’s multicultural heritage.
The core team of Story Works, founded by Lin Jia-feng and Huang Chih-kai, came from Ping-Fong Acting Troupe. With contemporary theater as its main thrust, Story Works strives to drive the cultural and creative industry economy, cultivate theater talent, and implement theatrical education, aiming to bring art into every corner of society and create a cultural environment conducive to interactive theater.
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