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Nanguan Concert:”Song of the Pipa-Lute”

Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China, Taipei Cultural Center will host a special performance Song of the Pipa-Lute by Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble on Wednesday Sept. 28 at Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York. The Nanguan genre of music in Taiwan is one of the oldest and most exquisite forms of surviving traditional music. The Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble was founded by Wang, Xin-Xin for the preservation, study, and promulgation of this ancient art form. Xinxin Nanguan sows the seeds in today’s contemporary artistic garden, keeping this traditional form blooming with its abundant cultural heritage, as well as appeasing the restless minds of the present. XinXin Nanguan Ensemble has chosen not to cling to tradition, as it continues to draw on its professionalism to create new innovations in musical style, artistic theme, and stage design.Every year, it is able to produce stunning and fresh Nanguan performances. Some of XinXin Nanguan Ensemble’s important performances are as follows: singing and playing for Yangexing (Sumptuous Feasting Song)–Liyuan Classical Dance and Music, Beauties at Stroll, and Romance of Lychee Mirror by the Han Tang Yuefu Ensemble, 《Recital of songs Nanguan》at the National Concert Hall, Yangexing (Sumptuous Feasting Song)–Liyuan Classical Dance and …

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‘Fancy Animal Carnival’ Debuts on Broadway Pedestrian Plazas in New York City’s Garment District

The Fancy Animal Carnival exhibit is organized by Taipei’s InSian Gallery, the Garment District Alliance and Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, which showcases world-class public art installations in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The sculptures will occupy the Garment District pedestrian plazas on Broadway from 36th to 41st Streets and will be open to the public through April 2017. Each of the eleven animal sculptures represents a narrative, expressed through traditional Taiwanese symbols and motifs believed to bring luck. The painted patterns reflect on folk culture and religion, as well as the artist’s personal experiences and observations of people’s everyday lives.The public art installation will captivate New Yorkers and visitors alike with its vibrant, astonishing presence on Broadway in the Garment District. Emmanuel Fremin, Yi’s New York-based gallery representation, says of Yi’s first New York exhibition, “We want the American public to get acquainted with an artist who is so well-known and recognized in Asia. The Garment District’s history with fashion in New York, and his pieces being so lively, colorful and handmade, makes them the perfect works to launch during Fashion Week.” The Garment District is home to thousands of people working in the “creative economy,” including fine and performing artists, …

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ASIAN MOON FESTIVAL CELEBRATED AT SCRANTON WITH LECTURE AND ‘ART OF TEA’ DEMONSTRATION

The celebration of the Asian Moon Festival – a traditional autumn harvest festival – the University of Scranton will host a lecture on East Asian Buddhism and an Asian tea ceremony and workshop. Both events, offered free of charge and open to the public, are planned for Thursday, Sept. 15. Hsiao-Lan Hu, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at University of Detroit Mercy, will present on “Kuan-Yin (Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara): Empathy and Empowerment through Many Images.” Avalokiteśvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, also known by the name Kuan-Yin, Kannon, Kwan Um, Quan Am or Chenrezig, the “Perceiver of the Cries of the World,” is the most popular bodhisattva in the Buddhist world. Many Mahāyāna Buddhists, especially those who have chanted “The Universal Gate” chapter of the Lotus Sūtra, are also familiar with the concept that Kuan-Yin may take different forms to liberate sentient beings. The forms include male and female, old and young, elite and common, and human and non-human. Through an examination of the multiplication and transformation of Kuan-Yin’s many images, this talk offers a reflection on the empathy and empowerment that Kuan-Yin provided for East Asian Buddhist women in history, and what s/he …

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“No Cause for Alarm” Contemporary Art Show Opens at La Mama Galleria Sept. 15

No Cause for Alarm, an exhibition that brings together the work of eleven artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China and includes artworks in the form of mixed-media installation, video and performance will run from September 15 to October 8, 2016 at La Mama Galleria in New York. No matter where you live, people living in the city are facing various kinds of stresses and pressures. It could be coming from the society, system, work, family, or simply ones’ own expectations. No Cause for Alarm is an exhibition trying to investigate the nervousness in contemporary city life. The exhibition is focusing on the possibility but not the situation itself, because ‘situation’ is a state of flux that changes from time to time and varies from place to place. There is no point in discussing the situation without a thorough understanding of the causes and consequences. However, possibility implies potential and the unknown, which encourages imagination and creativity. By understanding our own position in certain situations, we try to come up with suggestions and consolations to ease tensions. Artists taking part in this exhibition are invited to meditate on the current moment, unveil the overlooked in modern city life, and investigate …

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“MOC Translation and Publication Grants” call for proposals

Since 2014 the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan), has launched “MOC Translation and Publication Grants” to encourage the publication of translations of Taiwan’s literature, including fiction, non-fiction, picture books and comics, and help Taiwan’s publishing industry to explore non-Chinese international markets. From 2015 onward the Ministry of Culture “Translation Grant Program” is established to promote Taiwan literature, text and graphics, picture books, comic books, and other publications, expedite international exchanges, and strengthen the international image and visibility of Taiwan. On the other hand, “Books from Taiwan” is a new initiative funded by the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture to introduce fiction and non-fiction to foreign publishers and readers alike. On this website you will find information about authors. Anyone who is interested in translating and publishing Taiwan literary works is more than welcome to check directions for soliciting grants out at the MOC’s website, beginning from September 1st this year, and continue to introduce Taiwan literature into the international arena. For more details, please press here, visit http://booksfromtaiwan.tw or contact Ms. Su at Books Section, Department of Humanities and Publications, at books@moc.gov.tw

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The Road to Success – Artist Talk with Chi-Hung Yang, Long-Bin Chen, C.J. Yeh and Jeff Chieh-Hsing Liao

《The Road to Success》Artist Talk with New York based Taiwanese Artists Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 6:30PM Taiwan Academy, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York 1 East 42nd Street, B1, New York, NY 10017 Moderated by C. J. Yeh, Professor and Assistant Chair, Communication Design Department, FIT Chi-Hung Yang is a famous artist, Long-Bin Chen specializes in book sculpture, Jeff Chieh-Hsing Liao is a photographer and C.J. Yeh is a new media artist and FIT professor. The Taipei Cultural Center is pleased to invite them to share their valuable stories with our friends. Free Admission For more Information: Please contact TPECC at oliviasu@moc.gov.tw

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Passport Thursdays Outdoor International Dance, Music & Film Series —Taiwan Night on 8/18

The Queens Museum’s summertime staple, Passport Thursdays: International Dance, Music, and Film Series, returns for another exciting season featuring some of the many international locales that fuel Queens’ cultural and artistic vitality. This year’s adventure includes stops in Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, and Taiwan. The “Taiwan Night” on 8/18 is collaboration between Queens Museum and Taipei Cultural Center to introduce Taiwanese culture to the residents in Flushing, NY. This event brings to the area highly selective programs: Music: Yuhan Su Jazz Band A native of Taiwan, New York based-vibraphonist Su came to the United States in 2008 to study at Berklee College of Music. Since then, she has performed with her jazz quartet throughout the East Coast and joined the acclaimed saxophonist Greg Osby’s label, Inner Circle Music. The band will perform a set of music featuring the traditional music from different ethnic groups in Taiwan, including Taiwu ancient ballads, Hakka traditional song, and Taiwanese folk song. Yuhan will bring a new series of compositions inspired by Chinese mythological KuaFu, a giant who decided to chase and catch the Sun. Film: Go Grandriders! (Taiwan, 2013, 80 min, Mandarin with English ST) A group of senior citizens, many of whom learn how …

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臺灣知名散文作家宇文正8月20日主講「報紙副刊的前世今生」

駐紐約臺北文化中心與北美華文作家協會共同主辦的紐約地區文學講座,邀請到臺灣知名散文作家、聯合報副刊主編宇文正來美主講「報紙副刊的前世今生」,活動日期為8月20日週六下午2時,地點在紐約世界日報總社3樓文化藝廊(141-07 20th Ave. Whitestone, Queens, NY 11357),講座精彩可期,免費入場,喜愛文學的朋友千萬不要錯過此難得之機會。 宇文正,本名鄭瑜雯,東海大學中文系畢業,洛杉磯南加大東亞所碩士,現為臺灣聯合報副刊組主任,中生代知名作家,重要文學獎評審,曾任世界副刊編輯多年。宇文正著作豐富,著有短篇小說集《貓的年代》、《台北下雪了》、《幽室裡的愛情》、《台北卡農》;散文集《這是誰家的孩子》、《顛倒夢想》、《我將如何記憶你》、《丁香一樣的顏色》、《那些人住在我心中》、《庖廚食光》、《負劍的少年》;長篇小說《在月光下飛翔》;傳記《永遠的童話─琦君傳》及童書等多種。作品入選《台灣文學30年菁英選:散文30家》,《庖廚食光》獲選「2014年開卷美好生活書」及講義雜誌評選為2015年度最佳美食作家。 在沒有網路的年代,各大報紙副刊是新文學作家最主要的發表園地,更是許多熱愛文學讀者的重要精神食糧,帶給無數讀者澄淨心靈的深沉感動。宇文正此次將與紐約地區的朋友分享副刊的源起、副刊家族、擔任報社副刊主編的所見所聞,歡迎讀者一起回味報紙副刊的前世與今生。 紐文中心游淑靜主任表示,紐約地區有許多文學欣賞人口,紐文中心為推廣臺灣文學創作,促進臺美兩地的文壇交流,特別與北美華文作家協會合辦,由紐約世界日報、紐約華文作家協會、美東華人學術聯誼會等單位協辦,結合僑界不同社團的力量,共襄盛舉,歡迎喜愛文學的朋友前來親炙作家風采,在紐約的夏日共同徜佯華語文學美麗的海洋。 如需更多訊息,請洽紐約台北文化中心蘇介雯秘書oliviasu@moc.gov.tw。

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(中文) 紐文中心25歲 從燈塔轉型為臺美文化交流引擎

在中華民國文化部指導下,駐紐約臺北文化中心今年盛大辦理成立25周年慶祝活動,包括音樂、展覽、茶藝表演、電影系列與講座等近20項藝文活動陸續展開,文化部政務次長楊子葆專程出席8月12日的開幕慶祝活動,與紐約觀眾分享紐文周年慶的喜悅並立下功能轉型的期許。 楊子葆表示,中華民國政府於1991年在洛克斐勒中心成立中華新聞文化中心,是政府第一個在海外設置的文化據點,可見紐約大都會在國際藝術地位的重要。那時自營臺北劇場、臺北藝廊,以定點規劃各種展演節目,有系統地推介具代表性的臺灣當代藝術,紐文中心猶如一座燈塔,不斷向外界綻放臺灣文化的光芒。 2002年紐文中心轉型為臺美文化交流的橋樑,藉由與當地重要藝文機構合作,把臺灣當代藝術成果帶到北美各地,過去這些年紐文與紐約林肯中心、布魯克林音樂學院、喬伊斯劇院、動態影像博物館、大都會博物館、現代美術館、亞洲協會…等單位都有合作,在各個平臺上推出雲門舞集、優劇場、朱宗慶打擊樂團、當代傳奇劇場等各種表演、辦理侯孝賢、蔡明亮、李屏賓等人回顧展,頻頻得到紐約時報、華爾街日報、ABC等英文媒體給予大幅評論報導。 2015年,侯孝賢導演之《刺客聶隱娘》參與紐約影展,獲紐約時報評選為年度十大電影第一名、李明維在大都會博物館展演之「聲之綻」,獲紐約時報雙料入選年度十大最佳藝術展覽及年度最佳古典音樂,可見紐文中心多年來的耕耘,基礎已然建立,不僅使臺灣藝術得到國際藝壇的專業肯定,更獲得觀眾與媒體效應的良好回饋,可謂猶如倚靠巨人的肩膀,收穫事半功倍之效。 駐紐約辦事處徐處長儷文則強調,臺灣在世界各地有很多駐外館,但並不是每個館都有文化人員進駐,紐文中心在紐約積極推動臺美雙邊文化交流,讓大家可以欣賞到優質的藝文展演,豐富紐約人文薈萃,並成為促進臺美國際友誼及凝聚僑胞向心力的一股力量,相當難能可貴。 紐文中心為此次25周年慶,特別邀請「新亞室內樂音樂協會」演奏室內樂,該協會成員都是畢業於茱莉亞音樂學院的臺灣優秀音樂家,其次有臺北藝術大學策劃的臺美版畫交流展,將展出30位臺美當代藝術家如廖修平、謝理法、楊熾宏、美國版畫協會會長 Michael Di Cerbo等人代表作品,作品從1960年代至今,風格迥異,美不勝收,將為臺美版畫交流開啟嶄新的一頁。 本次最特別的節目是結合舞蹈、設計與生活文化的茶藝表演,邀請榮獲2014年德國iF傳達設計獎的臺灣茶藝團體「陶作坊」演繹創新得獎作品“Tea Party”《慢‧漫》,融合東方古典意境與西方當代時尚,全新詮釋古典又新穎的臺灣特有茶文化,在紐文25周年慶揭幕中擔綱重點活動。 此外,臺灣新銳導演影片系列將放映包括導演楊力州金馬五十紀錄片《我們的那時此刻》、張榮吉的《共犯》、陳芯宜的《山靈》等六部電影,其中楊力州及陳芯宜將特別到紐約參加四場映後座談,與觀眾暢談拍片的經驗與心得。 紐文中心為使這些節目能向外延展,讓更多觀眾可以欣賞,特別與皇后美術館、曼哈頓中城圖書館、紐約表演藝術圖書館、臺灣會館及紐約天理文化中心等單位合作,辦理版畫工作坊、茶藝表演、電影系列及臺日茶藝交流等活動,總計將近20項節目,內容豐富,類別多元,歡迎喜愛藝文活動的朋友前往觀賞。詳情請上紐文中心網站查詢:http://www.tpecc.org/

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