The annual Taiwan Culture Festival is to open in Hong Kong on Oct. 27 to give a taste of Taiwanese culture through an array of music, films and arts events, according to Taiwan’s cultural office in Hong Kong.
The two-month-long festival will feature Taiwanese theater, street dances, folk concerts and performances by singers and bands, such as Aboriginal a cappella band O-Kai Singers, the Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Center said.
Blockbuster Taiwanese films and films from Taiwan’s New Wave Cinema period in the 1980s, as well as digital art installations and multimedia art shows, will also be showcased at the festival.
In addition, the center will host workshops on Taiwan’s independent bookstores and organize a green market that exhibits organic products and handicrafts from Taiwan. Center director Katherine Lee (李應平) said she hopes people from Hong Kong will gain a deeper and broader understanding of Taiwanese culture and lifestyles through the festival.
Meanwhile, to facilitate cultural exchanges, the center said it has invited music, dance and performing arts groups from Hong Kong to perform and interact with festival goers and Taiwanese performers.
Lee said she hopes the festival “will not only be a simple event or a one-sided cultural export, but a mutual and interactive cultural platform between Taiwan and Hong Kong.”
Now in its seventh year, the festival will take place in various venues across Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza.