The annual 10-day Taiwan Festival will return to Macau under the 2018 theme “Breeze of Taiwan” with a wide range of cultural events from April 12 through 22.
Organized by the Ministry of Culture’s Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Centre in Hong Kong, the festival will offer an exhibition, a music concert, forums, workshops, and guided tours for the Macanese public to gain a deeper understanding of Taiwan culture.
Up-and-coming Chinese classical musicians Jen Chung (任重) and Du Wan-lin (杜宛霖) will be invited to open the festival with their performance of xiao and yangqin at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial House on April 13.
The exhibition portion of the festival will showcase artworks by Wang Chieh (王傑), a Keelung-based painter, author, and illustrator who documents the land of Taiwan through watercolor paintings.
The featured paintings, which include a panoramic illustration of Keelung, will offer glimpses into the landscapes, lives, and social issues observed by Wang in the harbor city of Keelung. A related forum and workshop on Wang’s preservation of culture through art will also be held in conjunction with the exhibition.
ABAO (阿爆), a Paiwan singer who captured the Golden Melody Awards for Best Aboriginal Album and Best Album Producer with her 2017 album “Vavayan,” will present her dynamic songs in the Paiwan language.
She will perform music that integrates ancient Paiwan ballads with rock, soul, reggae, and R&B through her powerful and memorable voice in the concert.
A series of literature forums will be held by contemporary novelist Egoyan Zheng (伊格言), who plans to explore “Imagining the World – Novel, Poetry, and AI” with Macanese poet Un Sio-san (袁紹珊) at the festival.
Fumin Yang (楊富閔), author of “A Boy Named Flora A (花甲男孩)” – a bestseller that has been adapted into a drama series of the same title – will also be invited to hold dialogue with scholar Lei Chin-pang (李展鵬).
Page Tsou (鄒駿昇), the first Taiwanese illustrator to receive the top prize at Italy’s prestigious Bologna Children’s Book Fair, will explore the topic “The Road of Creation to the World” with Macanese graphic designer Cheang Chi-wai (鄭志偉).
Additional guided tours organized by the Macao Heritage Ambassadors Association will be made available for visitors to learn about the history and architectural features of the Sun Yat Sen Memorial House in evening hours.
Taiwan Festival 2018 – Breeze of Taiwan