The 2013 Hengchun Folk Music Festival in Pingtung County will offer a variety of programs, from performances, activities, and a concert to a competition, as the event enters its sixth year.
The opening ceremony on Oct. 26 will feature performances by a folk song association, poet Chou Ting-pang, aboriginal singer Kuo Ming-lung and Sea Horse, a group that performs Mongolian music.
A concert will take place the following day and the performers include Children of Luo Shan Wind, award-winning Hakka singer Lin Sheng-hsiang, the band A Moving Sound and singer-songwriter Hsieh Ming-yu.
Local folk musicians had traveled around Taiwan earlier this year to introduce Hengchun folk music to more people and to help promote for the festival. They had performed not only at major crossroads in Hengchun but also at historic sites such as the Longshan Temple in Taipei and the Sakam Tower (Fort Provincia) in Tainan.
Folk music has been played at 15 restaurants, cafes, guesthouses and specialty shops since August to draw attention to the fact that folk songs are closely related to people's daily lives.
The competition has six categories, from group performance, music accompanied by the yueqin (moon guitar) to lyrics writing. For the performance categories, a preliminary contest and the finals will be held on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, respectively.
As part of the festival, an exhibition on the history of Hengchun folk music will also be showing at the Hengchun Folk Music Museum until Dec. 14.