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Local food featured in Italy

Staff Writer, with CNA

The nation’s distinctive gastronomic culture, along with folk dances and song, will be on full display in a collateral exhibition at the prestigious Venice Biennale in Italy early next month, an artist said yesterday.

The 54th La Biennale di Venezia, commonly known as the Venice Biennale, is an art exhibition that will take place this year from Saturday next week to Nov. 27 in Venice.

In addition to the main pavilions hosted by 89 countries this year, exhibitions and events will be staged throughout the six-month arts extravaganza in various -venues across the Floating City.

There will be three collateral exhibitions organized by Taiwanese museum directors, including the annual Taiwan Pavilion, “Future Pass,” and “Le Festin de Chun-te.”

The solo exhibition “Le Festin de Chun-te,” which will run from Wednesday next week to Oct. 10, will feature 22 photographs taken by Taiwanese artist Hsieh Chun-te from 1987 to last year, centering on the concept of “homelessness.” The exhibition will also involve a special “cooking theater” performance in which viewers will get to eat art food created by Hsieh.

Hsieh said the cooking theater performance would combine the unique features of Taiwan’s cuisine in a ritual-like way.

The performance will be divided into two scenes. The first part will open with a prayer song of the Amis tribe, followed by a Hakka folk song and the presentation of a five-course dinner. Scene two will start with a sacrificial ceremony performed by Deloun Nahu.

The five courses will include several Taiwanese beverages and dishes, including tea from Beipu Township (北埔), Hsinchu County.

The performance will run 10 times between Wednesday next week and June 6.

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