A series of events featuring Southeast Asian arts and culture will kick off at the National Tainan Living Arts Center on Sept. 25 to prompt more exchanges between Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
The inaugural "Southeast Asian Culture in Taiwan” program, which will run through next year in Tainan, will hold events relating to cultural festivals from Southeast Asian countries to reflect the unique customs of each country.
The 2016-2017 program will also include fringe events such as cultural forums, exhibitions, workshops, and training sessions to foster trans-cultural understanding and respect for diversity in Taiwan.
The program will kick off with the "Southeast Asia Festival Culture Forum” on issues faced by immigrants in Taiwan, which will be hosted by cultural advocates Chang Chen (張正), Cyril Chu (褚士瑩), and Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha (阮氏青河) on Sept. 25.
Immigrants from Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines will also attend the forum and introduce Southeast Asian festivals such as Songkran Festival ("Thai New Year”), Loi Krathong, Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival, Lebaran (Indonesian name for "Eid al-Fitr”), and Christmas in the Philippines.
The next leg of the program featuring two workshops will start on Oct. 11 and run for six weeks. The first workshop, "Lantern Workshop of Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam,” will feature teachers from each country. Participants can learn about their respective traditional festivals and make unique-shaped lanterns.
The second concurrent workshop, "The Training of Finger Nail Fawn,” will help participants learn an ancient dance that was traditionally performed for Siamese royalty or guests. Originating from northern Thailand, the classic fingernail dance requires dancers to wear exquisite costumes and brass nails while performing.
The six-week session, which will be coached by drama teacher Nalirat from Thammasat University, aims to train dancers who can perform at Taiwan-Southeast Asia cultural exchange events in the future.
For more information, please visit http://www.tncsec.gov.tw.
‘Southeast Asia Culture in Taiwan (Part I)'