Starting this June, Taiwanese traditional music and theater groups will begin holding performances and workshops in rural areas of Taiwan to promote traditional performing arts, the Ministry of Culture said on Monday.
From June 16 until Nov. 24, the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan, the Guoguang Opera Company and the Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company will perform in eastern, southern and central Taiwan.
After staging performances, the groups will also be holding forums, workshops and exhibitions on traditional Chinese and Taiwanese theater and music. Audiences can look forward to their cooperation with local art groups as well.
Tsai Hsiang, secretary-general of the Ministry of Culture, said that while past initiatives were launched to promote art in the countryside, this year's approach is different as it is not just about bringing performances to rural places.
'We are there for the long term and hope that these traditional art forms will take root in these local areas,' Tsai said, adding that the forums, workshops and exhibitions will be open to the public.
Debbie Hu, president of the Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company, explained that it is easy for art to 'stay in big theaters' and that her troupe is participating in the initiative because it wants to 'become more intimate with their audiences.'
She said some of the theater shows and workshops organized by her troupe will target younger audiences because 'theater and art have a social and educational function.' Through such workshops, a new generation will be able to learn about Chinese and Taiwanese opera moves, makeup, costumes and music, she added.
The Bangzi Opera Company will be stationed at southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung and Pingtung from June 16 through Nov. 16, while the Guoguang Opera Company will hold its activities in eastern Taiwan's Hualien and Taitung from July 19 to Oct. 24, and the National Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan will host its programs in central Taiwan's Nantou from Oct. 4 until Nov. 24.
Starting this June, Taiwanese traditional music and theater groups will begin holding performances and workshops in rural areas of Taiwan to promote traditional performing arts.
Representatives from the Guoguang Opera Company (left) and the Bangzi Opera Company (center, right) pose for pictures at a press conference announcing their long-term performance plans in rural Taiwan on June 10, 2013.
Ministry of Culture Secretary-General Tsai Hsiang demonstrates the proper handlings of a traditional Taiwanese hand-puppet on June 10, 2013. He stressed the importance of making performing arts more widely available to the island's countryside.