Taiwan will be featured at the Made in Asia art festival in Toulouse, France, later this month, with more than 30 Taiwanese performance groups and artists set to perform or exhibit their works for European audiences.
The annual art festival will be held in the southwestern French city this year from Wednesday -until Feb. 10.
The festival this year is one of the biggest to date and much bigger than last year’s show, which honored South Korea, said Chen Chih-cheng (陳志誠), the director of the Taiwan Culture Center in Paris.
Performance troupes set to appear include the Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters group, YiLab, the Shangchi Move Theatre, the Ten Drum Group, the Flying-Group Theater and Hsin Sing Nanguan.
Artists attending the festival include Taiwanese circus artist and modern dancer Huang Ming-cheng (黃明正), contemporary artists Tseng Yong Ning (曾雍甯), Yu Cheng-ta (余政達), Charwei Tsai (蔡佳葳), Chuang Che-wei (莊哲瑋) and Luo Jing-zhong (羅景中) and -photographer Wu Chi-tsung (吳季璁).
In addition, the Government Information Office will screen the films Buddha in God Man Dog (流浪神狗人) and A Place of One’s Own (一席之地) by young female director Singing Chen (陳芯宜) at the festival, and it has invited her to Toulouse to discuss her movies with the audience.
Other movies by young Taiwanese directors to be shown will be Beautiful Crazy (亂青春) by Lee Chi-yuarn (李啟源), Lee Kang-sheng’s (李康生) Help Me Eros (幫幫我愛神), and Chang Tso-chi’s (張作驥) Soul Of A Demon (蝴蝶).
Another component of the festival will be a calligraphy exhibition organized by Taiwanese publisher Hong Fei Cultures and featuring works by calligraphy masters Hsu Di-shan (許地山) and Shih Pei-chun (施佩君).
The works will be translated into French.
To coincide with the festival, many venues in Toulouse will be presenting Taiwanese art, including theaters, cultural centers, libraries, movie theaters and universities.