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Macau | 'Floral Times – 2017 Taiwan Festival'

  • Date:2017-04-17
Macau | 'Floral Times – 2017 Taiwan Festival'

"Taiwan Festival: Floral Time,” a 12-day event celebrating Taiwan's culture with the people of Macau, transformed the Sun Yat Sen Memorial House into an interactive exhibition venue to introduce Taiwan's rich and diverse picture books to Macau readers.


Titled "We All Love Picture Books,” the exhibition offered in-depth insights into the cultures, memories, and everyday life of Taiwan through picture books that are not only suitable for children but enjoyable for adults as well.


In addition, award-winning picture book author Chang Hsiu-yu (張秀毓), bookstore owner Wang Yi-feng (王怡鳳), and up-and-coming illustrator Liao Shu-ti (廖書荻) flew to Macau to hold forums and workshops.


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Chang, whose works often encourage children to appreciate the beauty of nature, delivered talks on Taiwan's indigenous cultures in her forum and held a DIY workshop for children to make prints of their own stories.


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As the first Taiwanese author to receive the prestigious Macmillan Prize for "Adventure at Night (探黑)," Liao talked about picture books for adult readers and share her creative process. She also offered instructions on how to make one's own picture books.


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Wang, who founded the Kaohsiung-based indie bookshop Little House Books, is a storyteller who has been actively promoting children's literature and the habit of reading. Her talks challenged the perspective of homelands and cities through picture books.


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Co-organized by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Macau and the Ministry of Culture's Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Centre, the two-week festival offered a rich array of forums, exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, and music concerts as well.


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For example, Taiwan's up-and-coming violinist Chen Yen-po (陳彥伯) collaborated with storyteller Yen Liang-pei (顏良珮) to interpret war and peace through an interdisciplinary concert in Macau.


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The festival was also accompanied by a special film program showcasing Golden Horse Award winners from the Chinese-speaking community and concerts featuring Amis singer Suming, who was prominently featured on the soundtrack for the 2016 film "Panay."