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The University of Scranton will Launch 2nd Year of “Spotlight Taiwan Project”

Spotlight Taiwan, a project initiated by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, will bring a variety of Taiwanese culture to college campuses and local schools. Collaboration between the University of Scranton and the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) under this competitive grant will launch its second year project in the 2014-15 academic years to bring a taste of Taiwanese culture to the northeastern Pennsylvania and Scranton area. On August 19th the President of the University of Scranton, Fr. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. and Director General Paul Wen-Liang Chang of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York signed the Memorandum of Understanding to launch a $100,000 project for the University of Scranton. The 12-month collaboration will bring unique film screenings, lectures, seminars, workshops, and performances to the area. The internationally acclaimed Taipei Folk Dance Theater will be invited to perform and to conduct a master class and a workshop in March 2015. This past academic year under the Spotlight Taiwan project, The University of Scranton organized a series of multi-platform cultural events under the theme “Traditions in Transition,” including performances like “A Sea of Puppets” by Taiyuan Puppet Theater Company and “Eastern Legends” concert by Chai Found Music Workshop, workshops, …

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Dance film screening

Presented by Dance Films Association and Taipei Culture Center in New York together with Harbor for the Arts Festival Short dance films made on location in Cape Charles, Virginia by 15 international artists under the mentorship of Noémie Lafrance, produced by Harbor for the Arts Festival, a creative-placemaking project supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Dance film screening Wednesday August 20, 2014 7:30pm, FREE RSVP Click Here Location: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office 1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017 (Between 5 Avenue & Madison Avenue) Light Refreshments will be served! Meet with filmmakers and with Experimental Film Virginia Director Renata Sheppard.

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Yung-Li Dance at NYC Summer Streets

Time: Saturday, Aug. 16th, 2014 at 11AM Location: UPTOWN Stage / Park Avenue & 51st St. Choreographer: Yung-Li Chen Performers: Yung-Li Chen, Rebecca Diab, Alessandra Delle Grotti, Erin Huestis, Aslan Rolston, and Eric Williams.

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Afterimage, featuring work by YinHua Chu and Ta-Wei Huang

Curated by Jodi Waynberg, in association with Residency Unlimited On view: August 9 through September 7, 2014 Opening Reception: August 16, 2014; 5-7pm Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6pm Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, 120 Essex Street NY, NY (inside Essex Market) Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space and Residency Unlimited are pleased to present Afterimage, a month-long generative project by Taiwanese artists YinHua Chu and Ta-Wei Huang. Taking process as a central subject, Chu and Huang will use the gallery for both exhibition and studio, creating an ever-changing workspace in order to consider the visual resonance of an image, place or narrative once it has ceased to exist. Throughout the exhibition, Chu will collect discarded materials from the market vendors, bringing them into the gallery to construct the setting and scenario of “non-place,” a transient site between destinations. Using photography to dislocate the collected object from a sense of time or origin, Chu’s surreal vignettes will transform the everyday into a moment abstracted from reality, coaxing the viewer’s experience of perception to the space between foreign and familiar. Working daily, Huang will assemble an evolving installation layered with painting, drawing, video, collage, and three-dimensional frames. An extension of …

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The Chinese Arts Dancing Ensemble will perform in “Lincoln Center Out Of Doors” on August 7th

The Chinese Arts Dancing Ensemble will perform in “Summer Performing Arts” at Steppingstone Waterside Theatre on August 3rd, and on August 7th in “Lincoln Center Out Of Doors – From Chinatown with Love” at Damrosch Park Bandshell. Coming from Taiwan, the Chinese Arts Dancing Ensemble just finished performances at the North Carolina International Folk Festival, in Folkmoot, USA. The ensemble was founded in 1995, and since then has represented Taiwan numerous times in many different countries’ international folklore festivals. Their goal is to bring forth the essence of Chinese culture by cultivating the beauty of movement and to promote the development of dancing as an art form. After participating in the North Carolina International Folk Festival, the Asian American Cultural Circle of Unity (AACCU) has invited the Chinese Arts Dancing Ensemble to New York for a cultural exchange and to exhibit the traditional music and dance of Taiwan. And with the help of the Chinese-American Arts Council, the ensemble is going to perform at Lincoln Center. The information is as follows: First Performance*: “Summer Performing Arts” organized by the Great Neck Park District Date/Time: 8/3/2014, 8pm Venue: Steppingstone Waterside Theatre *Admission free for Great Neck Park District residents and guests …

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THE RICE BOMBER and other Films from Taiwan to be featured in 2014 AAIFF

This year’s Asian American International Film Festival highlights several Taiwanese films focused on rural experiences and grassroots activism in Taiwan, in response to urbanization and globalization. This timely theme consists of the following films: THE RICE BOMBER, 100 DAYS, A TIME IN QUCHI, and short film A BREATH FROM THE BOTTOM, featured in MEMORIES FROM THE STRIKE. In addition, Tainan-based stop-motion animation artist Hui-ching Tseng will lead two stop-motion workshops with local youth. The program is sponsored by Taipei Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York. Based on an actual social event, THE RICE BOMBER depicts a series of bombing incidents in Taiwan as the country entered the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the early 2000s. To battle the encumbrance of an unfamiliar globalized food supply, farmer Yang Rumen transforms into an advocate for local farmers. The film is an official selection for Berlinale 2014. Director Cho Li and Producer Yeh Jufeng will be in attendance. Written by Taiwanese-American screenwriter Weiko Lin and produced solely in Taiwan, 100 DAYS successfully integrates local Taiwanese flavors despite its blockbuster finesse. The heartfelt romantic comedy follows a cold-hearted telecommunications executive named Bo Dan to return to his hometown on …

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2nd Annual Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA) Features Series of Concerts by World Class Pianists at Curtis Institute of Music, July 26 – August 2

CONTACTS: Edward McNally, Above The Fold PR 404.281.6419, mcnally259@gmail.com Ching-Yun Hu, PYPA Artistic Director 267-423-0925, PYPA@yunhsiang.org For eight days this summer, eighteen outstanding young pianists from across the US and the world will gather at the Curtis Institute of Music to study one-on-one with four international concert masters; Ching-Yun Hu (Taiwan / US), Jerome Lowenthal (US), Alexandre Moutouzkine (Russia) and Zou Xiang (China). Established last year by Philadelphia-based pianist Ching-Yun Hu, The Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA) is designed to help young artists from Asia and the West achieve their dreams of professional careers as world class concert pianists. Between July 26 and August 2, 2014, the public is invited to the 240-seat Field Concert Hall at Curtis Institute to attend a series of solo concerts by Hu, Lowenthal, Moutouzkine and Xiang, the prestigious faculty of PYPA 2014 as well as a chamber music concert featuring Ching-Yun Hu with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. All concerts will be performed on the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano made available to PYPA through a generous donation by Yamaha. Public concert highlights include: •7:30 pm, Saturday, July 26 – Ching-Yun Hu Solo All Chopin Recital* *this concert will be recorded live for Cristal …

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Isa Ho participates ISE NY Art Search 2013 AWARD WINNERS EXHIBITION

Exhibition: July 11, 2014 – August 30, 2014 Organized by: ISE CULTURAL FOUNDATION, 555 Broadway, New York NY 10012 Opening Reception: Friday, July 11, 6-8PM, ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery, 555 Broadway, New York NY 10012 Taiwanese artist, Isa Ho is selected to participate the ISE NY Art Search 2013 AWARD WINNERS EXHIBITION. She, who was the grantee of ACC (Asia Cultural Council) in 2012, has created digital arts and photographs for many years. The ISE NY Art Search is an annual program looking for artists who are willing to show new and innovative work. This year 6 artists including Isa Ha are selected to have a group show at ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery. Taipei Cultural Center in New York cordially invites audience to see the exhibition. The Ministry of Culture in Taiwan is pleased to sponsor Isa Ho to come to New York for the opening reception. Artist’s Statement Many people refer “Girls” series to “Falling Down” series. The girls in the photographs and also the girls who have been transformed into animals are all captured from the bottom-up in a “falling-down” mode. My objective is to talk about the ambiguous self-awareness and the singularized value outlook observed in today’s …

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Five Colleges, Incorporated will Launch “Spotlight Taiwan Project”

A collaboration between Five Colleges, Incorporated and the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will bring a taste of Taiwanese culture to western Massachusetts in the coming school year. Spotlight Taiwan, a project initiated by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, will bring a variety of performers to college campuses and local schools.   An agreement signed on July 1 by Five Colleges Executive Director Neal Abraham and Director General Anne Hung of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston launched the $50,000 project for Five Colleges, working in partnership with the Asian Arts and Culture Program at the University of Massachusetts’ Fine Arts Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. The 18-month collaboration will bring to the area three highly selective artistic companies – one in music, one in puppetry and theater, and one in dance. In addition, Five College area community groups will organize such local celebrations of Taiwan culture as a Chinese New Year Festival and dragon boat races.   “This is an opportunity for Taiwan to connect with the world through our culture,” said Lung Ying-tai, Taiwan’s minister of culture. The Spotlight Taiwan project, with Taiwanese contemporary art as its subject, is an effort to share Taiwanese perspectives of history, …

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