Chen Yue-yi (陳悅宜) took over the directorship of the National Centre for Traditional Arts (NCFTA) from Chen Chi-ming (陳濟民) at a handover ceremony held on Mar. 24.
She has served as deputy director at NCFTA, specialist at the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission (Executive Yuan), deputy director of the Research and Development Division and the Department of Government Publication, director-general of the Department of Arts Development as well as the Department of Cultural and Creative Development of the Ministry of Culture.
At the ceremony overseen by Deputy Minister of Culture Lee Ching-hwi (李靜慧) at Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center, the new director pledged to work closely with the coworkers at NCFTA, build on local traditions and to form a brand. Chen Yue-yi mentioned that, she is ready to take up the new role and she is proficient in the field of traditional art. Saying that this is a technological era, and traditional art is still an active sector, Chen stressed, "we must not stop at the stage of preservation and inheritance, and it is essential to be innovative and instill new vitality into traditional art."
In reviewing the past two years of office as director of NCFTA, Chen Chi-ming said that it has been an important journey for him, and he gained a deeper understanding in all aspects of Taiwan's traditional art. He expressed gratitude to the team who rendered assistance during those challenging times amidst the current pandemic.
Addressing the ceremony on behalf of Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te, Lee Ching-hwi stated that, NCFTA plays an important role in preserving and promoting traditional arts. She also thanked Chen Chi-ming for his contributions during his tenure as director of NCFTA. Additionally, she expressed her hope for Chen Yue-yi to continue to build on her experience in the field of cultural creation in order to expand new paths for traditional art, transforming it into the core for cultural development.