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ISSUE #579
Marking its fifth edition, the Taiwan Film Festival in Australia returns to cinemas from July 28 to August 13 with a lineup of feature and short films that is screened in four cities across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Canberra. The festival opened with a psychological drama "Goddamned Asura."
Three films by Taiwanese directors as well as two US-Taiwan co-productions have been selected at the 45th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF45), which runs from Aug. 3 through 13. Also, Taiwanese American film editor Jean Tsien was announced as the recipient of AAIFF45's Media Award.
The 2022 Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival is back this August at the VIFF Centre from Aug. 5 to 7, and online from Aug. 8 to 14, under the theme of "The Palette of Life." The festival returns for its 16th year with a total of 14 films that span multiple topics and genres, along with three panel discussions.
Ministry Updates
Culture Minister visits the Green Island Memorial Park
Culture Minister Lee Yung-te visited the Green Island White Terror Memorial Park of the National Human Rights Museum (NHRM) on August 7 and expressed his sorrow for the political prisoners who were detained in prison during the Martial Law period.
GMA for Traditional Arts and Music to honor contributors
The 33rd Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music announced a total of 42 shortlisted artists and 91 works of which the special awards will be awarded to CHIMEI Culture Foundation and renowned Taiwanese opera singer Yang Li-huafor their achievements in the fields of publishing and performance arts, respectively.
Taiwan diabolo show "Light of Life" praised by UK
The Daily Telegraph, a national British daily broadcast newspaper that has a reputation for high-quality journalism, has picked "Light of Life" performed by Taiwanese group Diabolo Dance Theatre as one of the 60 best shows, describing that the performance is a must-see at the 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, UK.
Cultural Features
Inspired by both Eastern aesthetics and Western avant-garde art trends, art educator Chiang Ming-shyan has taken the idea of "learning from the West to enrich the East" and applied it to his art, combining traditional ink wash with Western painting concepts both traditional and modern to create a unique personal style. In 1988, he won the National Award for Arts.
Artist | Chiang Ming-shyan
The Old Fongshan City is located in what is now Kaohsiung City's Zuoying District. Of the relatively completely preserved Qing-dynasty old cities of Taiwan, Zuoying is the oldest and largest in area. The site is stacked with traces of Taiwanese prehistory and history, including the Qing era, Japanese rule, the postwar period, and more. Over the years, it has become a national treasure.
The Old Fongshan City in Zuoying
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