The Ministry of Culture hosted a two-day cross-strait symposium at the NTUH International Convention Center in Taipei, with representatives from both sides of the Taiwan Strait and Singapore joining in to discuss contemporary cultural issues from Nov. 11 to 12.
The goal of the symposium was for each side to reach an agreement on how to improve cultural management and create mutual beneficial outcomes.
Peggy Chou (周蓓姬), director of the Ministry of Culture's Department of Cultural Exchange, noted that the cultures on both sides are closely intertwined. With dialogue between Taiwan and mainland China increasing in recent years, it is important to enhance the mutual understanding of each other in terms of culture, and pool together resources to create a better environment for the arts.
Roughly 30 cultural professionals joined the two-day event to discuss methods on strengthening the overall cultural sector, artistic and cultural development, humanities, and cultural administration.
Esteemed guests included associate dean of Peking University School of Arts, managing editor of Letv.com, editor-in-chief of Yazhou Zhoukan, manager of Singapore's National Art Council, vice president of Shih Hsin University, executive director of National Culture and Arts Foundation, director of National Museum of History, and dean of National Taiwan Normal University's Institute of Performing Arts.
The Ministry of Culture held the inaugural "Cross-Strait Symposium: Dialogue on Community Experiences” last year. To further cross-strait cultural dialogue, the 2015 symposium covered the issues of art venue and cultural park management, cultural environment, and community empowerment as well as Taiwan-China cooperative opportunities in the audiovisual, art, and culture industries.
Culture can bring peace and unity that will overcome political and economic conflicts. Thus, the annual symposium will continue to serve as a cross-strait platform for strengthening cultural ties and generating ideas on cultural development.
The "2015 Cross-Strait Symposium: Cultivation and Development" was held at the International Convention Center of the National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH).