To share the beauty and vitality of Taiwan's diverse culture and arts, the Taiwan Culture Month in New York will return this year with an even more comprehensive lineup of concerts, film screenings, exhibitions, and forums from May 18 through July 14.
C O N C E R T S
One of Taiwan's most famous traditional Chinese music ensembles will bring a comprehensive program on sizhu music, a classical style of musical arrangement using traditional Chinese string and woodwind instruments, to New York from May 26 to 28.
The three-concert series named "Poetry, Sizhu, and Taiwanese Opera” will offer "Classic Sizhu” - classical repertoire with fresh, novel arrangements; "Modern Sizhu” - commissioned works from Taiwanese composers; and "Poetry and Taiwanese Opera” - innovative pieces integrating classic Tang Dynasty poetry with Taiwanese operatic music.
The "Hello Taiwan” concert series can trace its roots back to 2010, when members of the New York Taiwanese American community first organized a rock concert to promote Taiwan culture and music. Now a multiple-act event that tours the US East Coast on an annual basis, "Hello Taiwan” has developed close ties with indie music venues and cultural festivals.
This year, indigenous singer-songwriter Biung (王宏恩), up-and-coming artist Sean Huang (黃昺翔), and Hakka contemporary ensemble Gina's Can (吉那罐子) will hold two concerts in New York as part of the 2017 Taiwan Culture Month - one at Joe's Pub on May 27, and another on May 28 at the Passport to Taiwan Festival on Union Square to celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Week.
‘A Sketchbook of Contemporary Music from Taiwan'
Hailed as "an impressively organized and professional group” by the New York Concert Reviews, the New Asia Chamber Music Society (新亞室內樂協會) will introduce three pieces of classic music by veteran Taiwanese composers on June 10 at the Taipei Cultural Center in New York.
F I L M S
The Mid-Manhattan Library will host a four-part film series from June 4 through 25 to explore the neglected voices from contemporary Taiwanese and East Asian society and history.
Delving into personal life stories as well as family memories, these films display the wide range of Taiwan's historical complexity, which is far greater and more varied than mainstream narratives may suggest.
L E C T U R E S
‘Taiwanese Hand Puppet Making Workshop'
‘On Beauty - An Architectural Quest for Home'
E X H I B I T I O N S
‘Considerate Creations: Chameleons - Part II'