The Taiwan Cultural Center in Paris launched "TAIWAN POP-IN AVIGNON" online to present Taiwanese team interviews, work excerpts, and cooperation between colleagues amid the pandemic, in addition to observations and comments of theater professionals and art reporters on the participation of the Taiwanese teams in the Festival OFFd'Avignon as part of the Avignon Festival from July 5 to July 31.
The Taiwan Cultural Center in Tokyo and the Taiwan Creative Content Agency collaborated to launch "Taiwan Audio Comic Expo" from July 1 to August 20, featuring a collection of colorful illustrations by Taiwanese comic artists in addition to short films of original Taiwanese manga works accompanied by audio.
The Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in Germany and the Swiss tba Film Collective will jointly launch the Taiwan-themed film exhibition "Taiwan Cinema" to screen 20 iconic Taiwanese films at the Filmpodium in Zurich for over 70 times between July 3 to September 16.
Director Alice Wang Shu-fang of Ministry of Culture's Taiwan Cultural Center in Tokyo congratulated Taiwanese writer Li Qin-feng for winning Japan's most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize for her newly published work "Higanbana ga saku shima" on behalf of Frank Hsieh, ROC representative to Japan and the Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te.
To boost Taiwan's music industry, the Taiwan Creative Content Agency and Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale have officially sealed a partnership with a Memorandum of Understanding, featuring three projects titled "Midemlab," "Midem Talent Exporter," and "Midem Songwriting Camp."
Despite facing a more severe pandemic challenge this year, Culture Minister Lee Yung-te pointed out that Taiwan's long-term accumulated art and cultural works have become popular in the world recently, from receiving awards for pictures, illustrations, films to participating in important film festivals, performing arts and architectural exhibitions.
Having lived through the rise and fall in demand for temple carvings, Tsai De-tai remains optimistic. He believes that there will always be a demand for culture-related industries, but approaches will change and “restoration” will become more of a science. While a variety of different views have emerged in recent years, restoration is still the mainstream, and regardless of the proportions, material, or style, he always aims to restore the work to its original state.
Chang Kun-Chen's research can be categorized into three themes: first, interdisciplinary discourse on the culture of built environments; second, historical and theoretical explorations of traditional architecture; and third, historical study of cultural heritage. Architectural design is his particular area of expertise, along with architectural history and theory, religious architecture, and the preservation and reuse of historical sites.