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ISSUE #656
Collaborating with the Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in Germany and the Digital Art Center in Taipei, the Lithuanian artists' association SODAS 2123 is hosting an open call for a 2-month residency program. 
The One World International Film Festival, the largest human rights film festival in the world, commenced in the Czech Republic on Mar. 20. This year, the festival highlights three works from Taiwan.
"Small Island Big Song," a unique music, film, and performing arts project, is set to embark on its 2024 US tour in February. The project serves as a powerful medium for connecting the islands of the Pacific and Indian Ocean through artistic collaboration.
Ministry Updates
Launched by the Ministry of Culture, the exhibition "A Pluralistic Art History for Future Generations" has commenced at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. This exhibition is open until Mar. 16, 2025.  

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The French university Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales hosted the international colloquium "Words from Taiwan: Emergence, Mediation, Interpretation" on Mar. 28 and 29. 
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Literary giant Chi Pang-yuan passed away on Mar. 28 at the age of 101. Culture Minister Shih Che expressed his deepest condolences upon hearing this news. He commended Chi's significant contribution to literary education in the country.
Cultural Features
Hsiao Tsai-kan was born in 1927 in Hsinchu City. From a young age, he enjoyed working with various toys and craft items. With a special keenness for images, Hsiao was able to create lanterns without needing to draw actual sketches. He would construct the lantern’s frame, outline the overall shape, and complete the lantern.
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The Snake Kiln was introduced to Taiwan by Minnan immigrants during the early part of the imperial Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Although the name conjures up the image of a twisting snake, Snake Kilns are long and straight, without separation in the center, and usually built into the slopes of hills. 
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