The 2013 Golden Music Exposition (GMX), an annual music festival that precedes the Golden Melody Awards, kicked off on Tuesday in Taipei. The six-day expo will feature concerts, exhibitions, forums, and various other music-related activities.
Fifty music companies, live houses, as well as other cultural, creative and 3C (computers, communications, and consumer electronics) companies, have set up booths at the expo to showcase their products, according to the Ministry of Culture's Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development, the expo's main organizer.
Now in its third year, the expo will also feature around 50 concerts by various singers and groups, including Taiwanese singer-songwriters David Tao (陶喆) and Debbie Hsiao (蕭賀碩), Hsiao's band Shuo & Cool Humor (蕭賀碩與冷笑話樂團), independent rock bands io and Fun4, as well as Taiwanese-Paraguayan musician Tito Tang (湯宇歆), who fuses Latin music with Hakka language.
In order to strengthen its connection with local schools and universities, the GMXwill also provide platforms for student singers and bands to perform their music.
The expo will also organize autograph sessions featuring popular singers and groups, an exhibition showcasing over 20,000 standard-playing vinyl records, and music forums that will be hosted by Taiwanese and international music professionals.
In addition, many music-related films, including a musical television drama, a 3D musical romantic film, and a TV series documenting the original works of music artists and bands in Taiwan, will be screened at the expo.
The expo will be held at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park until July 7, one day after the 2013 Golden Melody Awards ceremony on July 6 at the Taipei Arena.
The GMX aims to become an international platform for the performance, exhibition and copyright trading of pop music. Entrance to the six-day event is entirely free of charge.