Grants for Cultural Exchanges & Collaborative Projects with Personnel from Southeast Asia
Formerly known as The Emerald Initiative
Introducing the Project
A cornucopia of cultures, Southeast Asia radiates like an emerald, its brilliance and strength attracting attention and inviting engagement. To enhance Taiwan's understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asian cultures, histories, and social development, the Ministry of Culture launched the Emerald Initiative in 2013 to support cultural exchanges and collaborative projects between Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
The aim of this project is to encourage private organizations to recommend and invite personnel from Southeast Asia to experience life in Taiwan and engage in activities such as citizen journalism, writing, translating and publishing select short novels, theater training, photography, design, or other multi-faceted endeavors.
Such exchanges with Taiwan's arts and cultural groups and diverse communities will broaden the scope of possibilities made possible by the collision of Southeast Asian and Taiwanese cultural elements. This beautiful chemistry will then spark off more changes down the road as participants return to their respective countries and engage in social dialogue with a new understanding of Taiwan. Let such creative exchanges and new friendships pave the way to a new era of regional cooperation.
The Project in Numbers
The 2017 Project in numbers
Number of participating projects
Number of personnel from Southeast Asia who visited Taiwan
Total amount allocated in grants
Number of participating personnel listed by nationality
Number of participating projects listed by field
Audiovisual or Music
How to participate?
Each approved collaborative cultural project will be eligible for up to NT$500,000. An additional NT$400,000 is offered for the international promotion of the project's results.
Interested? Here are some of our past participants.