Israeli troupe starts festival
Local and international performance groups organized by a Yunlin County-based arts workshop will put on a series of shows from today to Oct. 23 around the county. The Mystorin Theatre Group from Israel will take the stage during the Yunlin performance arts festival, as a warmup event of the 2013 Yunlin Agriculture Expo to be held in December in the county. The workshop, composed of mainly local dance troupes, was established to promote global arts and cultural exchanges between local and foreign performance groups by making good use of the area’s stages, props, costumes and choreographed dance pieces. To correspond with the theme of the Yunlin Agriculture Expo, the workshop will use costumes and props made with ecofriendly materials.
Ministry denies cutbacks
The Ministry of National Defense on Friday denied a report that the Navy plans to cut the number of frigates by six to cut costs. The report in the latest edition of the China Times Weekly is “pure speculation and untrue,” the ministry said in a statement. The ministry confirmed plans that two US-made Knox-class frigates will be replaced by two Perry-class frigates that the navy is in the process of acquiring from the US. The crews of the two Knox-class frigates will be transferred to the Perry-class vessels, the ministry said, without elaborating. The ministry also denied that it was planning to downgrade the Triservice Headquarters, as was reported by the weekly. A task force is expected to complete its planning on the future force structure by March based on its assessment of threats, available resources and the military development of relevant countries.
Street dance contest held
A preliminary round of a New Taipei City (新北市) street dance competition took place yesterday, drawing about 400 dancers in a bid to promote Taiwanese youth culture. During a group dance session, more than 20 teams fused breakdance elements, such as pops and hip hop, which won huge applause from the audience. Now in its sixth year, the international street dance competition is aimed at making New Taipei City the capital of street dance, a city official said. The event this year will feature a special qualifying competition Nov. 2, with 70 dancers from more than 20 countries expected to compete, Chou said. The final will be held on Nov. 3, with winners from the preliminaries held in northern, central and southern Taiwan to vie for total prize money of NT$400,000.
SIM university signs deal
Taiwan’s representative office in Singapore signed a memorandum of understanding with SIM University on Friday to boost cultural interaction through various activities. SIM University is the second Singaporean university, following Nanyang Technological University, to forge ties with Taiwan. Representative to Singapore Hsieh Fa-dah (謝發達) said he hoped the new platform would help make each other’s culture more vibrant and stimulate the creation of new cultural innovation businesses. Eddie Kuo, head of the university’s Centre for Chinese Studies, said the first activity to be staged dum will be a concert held before the end of the year in which singers perform songs with lyrics from poems by renowned Taiwanese writer and poet Yu Kwang-chung (余光中). A Chinese-language film festival will follow, in which films produced by Taiwanese directors will be screened, he said.