Jazz fest next weekend
Local and foreign jazz musicians are inviting the public to enjoy a two-day jazz marathon in Daan Forest Park next Friday and Saturday with performances ranging from classic to fusion jazz. Nine renowned musicians from the US, the Netherlands, Belgium and Taiwan will perform in the 2007 Taipei International Jazz Festival, the city's Department of Cultural Affairs said yesterday. Department director Lee Yong-ping (李永萍) said the musicians play electronic jazz, salsa, blues and classic jazz. Saskia Laroo, Deborah Carter, Peter Van Marle, John Ruocco, Thierry Gutmann, Bart De Nolf, Fabien Degryse, Hsieh Chi-pin (謝啟彬) and Chang Kai-ya (張凱雅) will play at the festival. The festival will start at 7:30pm on the music stage of Daan Forest Park on Friday. Saturday's show will begin at 4pm, with more than 40 local jazz bands.
Book explores Hakka issues
The Council for Hakka Affairs released a new book yesterday in response to increasing interest in Hakka studies. The book, titled Introduction to Taiwanese Hakka Studies, is a compilation by more than 20 academics specializing in Hakka culture and affairs. The book delves into 22 aspects of Taiwanese Hakka culture. Themes covered in the book include the history of Hakka settlements in Taiwan, social structure, language, art and contemporary issues, book editor Hsu Cheng-kuang (徐正光) said. "Whether you're a Hakka or not, reading this book will help you better understand Hakkas," council Minister Lee Yung-te (李永得) said at the book's release.
Legislator in animated film
Legislator Yen Ching-piao (顏清標) of the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union has lent his voice to a character in a locally produced animated film titled Matsu. The film recounts various legends about Matsu, the goddess of the sea, said a spokesman for Twentieth Century Fox Taiwan, the film's distributor. Yen is the chairman of a Taichung County Matsu temple that parades its Matsu statue around Taiwan every year. The popular and highly revered deity is believed to have been sent by the bodhisattva of mercy, Guanyin, to save people in distress and is said to have been born as a mortal woman named Lin Mo-niang (林默娘) during the Northern Sung dynasty. The Chinese Cartoon Production Co spent three years making the movie and more than a year visiting more than 1,000 Matsu temples around Taiwan to seek blessings for the film from the goddess.
Orchestra plays in Japan
The National Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Japanese Pacific Music Festival under the name "Taiwan Philharmonic." Tchen Yu-chiou (陳郁秀), chairwoman of the National Theater and Concert Hall management center, said the orchestra is the only foreign group invited to perform at the festival. This type of cultural and artistic exchange usually provides a good means of promoting friendship and cooperation between two countries, Tchen said. The orchestra will combine Asian and Western music, including Chung Yau-kuang's (鍾耀光) Festival and Sergei Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2. The festival was established in 1990 by Leonard Bernstein, a US composer, conductor and educator. The annual program provides four weeks of courses to train up talents from around the world.
FAMILY FEUD: Weng Jen-hsien, who was convicted of killing six people in 2016, was the second prisoner to be executed since President Tsai Ing-wen took office A death row inmate was executed on Wednesday, less than a year after he was convicted of killing six people by setting fire to his home. Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said that he signed the order and the death sentence was carried out on Wednesday afternoon in New Taipei City. The Supreme Court on July 10 last year sentenced 53-year-old Weng Jen-hsien (翁仁賢) to death after he was convicted of killing his parents, niece, nephew and nephew’s wife and his parents’ caregivers. Weng set fire to his home in Taoyuan’s Longtan District (龍潭) on Feb. 7, 2016, after a family feud
At a campground in Nantou County, a team of women are using ropes to shimmy up a towering seven-story tall Chinaberry tree, fighting their fear of heights and reconnecting with nature. Tree climbing remains somewhat niche in Taiwan, but a growing number of women are embracing the challenge thanks to the island’s first international certified female climber arborist. Sylvia Hsu (許芢涵), 26, said she was inspired to set up her own women-only tree climbing classes after seeing the popularity of similar gatherings in Europe. “A women-only camp is a more relaxed environment,” she said. “I was hooked on trees after my first climb...
Police in Kaohsiung are investigating a possible murder after a woman’s body was found in a plastic container on Thursday. The bucket was found by a person operating an excavator on a construction site at a private lot next to the Ciaotou Sugar Refinery Station (橋頭糖廠站) on the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit system. Police investigator Chen Jen-cheng (陳仁正) yesterday said police had reviewed missing person reports and have narrowed the identity of the victim down to about 20 possible people. Physical evidence suggested she might have been a Fongshan District (鳳山) woman surnamed Lin (林), who was about 60 years old when she
IN PRINCIPLE: The Central Epidemic Command Center began yesterday to ban visits to hospitalized patients, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung said The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced 10 new COVID-19 cases — eight imported and two locally transmitted — bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 339. The imported cases involved six men and two women, all Taiwanese, who had traveled to Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Indonesia, countries in Latin America, the UK or the US before arriving back in Taiwan between March 6 and Tuesday, center data showed. Among them, patient No. 338 was part of a tour group that traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic, and has resulted in an infection cluster of five cases,