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"Connecting with Taiwan" at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe

  • Date:2022-08-15~2022-08-16
'Connecting with Taiwan' at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe

Taiwan Season returns to Edinburgh to hold its symposium event "Connecting with Taiwan" for the third year in a row. In addition to hosting in-person discussions, the forum will be screened online as part of a worldwide program of over 3,000 events. Furthermore, in a landmark achievement for Taiwan Season, this year marks the first time that a symposium event will be hosted at Fringe Central.

Connecting with Taiwan 2022 will consist of three thought-provoking discussions held between Aug. 15 and 16. Independent UK-based curator Yeh Jih-wen (葉紀紋) explained that the ongoing restrictions on international travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have focused Taiwan Season’s attention on how the performing arts can respond to the great socio-political concerns of the current era.

On Aug. 15, Lai Hsiang-Ling (賴香伶), former CEO of Contemporary Culture Laboratory (C-Lab) and currently a consultant for the upcoming museum New Taipei Museum of Arts, will give a talk on her strategies for collaboration and touring in a post-pandemic world with Laura Kriefman, CEO of Barbican Theatre Plymouth, and the artistic directors of the Digital Arts Foundation and Anarchy Dance Theatre. "Loud and Clear and in Sight: Female Visibility and Creative Voices in the Performing Arts" will look back at Taiwan's first edition of the Women of the World festival (WOW) at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying). The third session of the Forum, "Knowledge in Action: How Performance-Makers Address Climate Change," will be held in collaboration with Fringe Central on Aug. 16, focusing on the pressing topic of using creativity to help achieve Net Zero in greenhouse gas emissions.

Director Chen Pin-chuan (陳斌全) of the Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK stated that, following the impact of the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the symposium has not only sought to keep up with global trends in the performing arts, but also to advocate for the international competitiveness of Taiwan’s arts and culture industries.

Free tickets and online access to the Symposium will be available on the Edinburgh Fringe website.