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  • Ranging from the world-famous National Palace Museum to the newly launched Tainan branch of the National Museum of Prehistory, a stunning total of 202 cultural venues and historic sites across the nation will offer free admission on Oct. 17 in celebration of Taiwan Culture Day 2019 (臺灣文化日).

    Pioneers of Taiwanese democracy including Chiang Wei-shui (蔣渭水) established the Taiwanese Culture Association (臺灣文化協會) on Oct. 17, 1921, setting off a cultural enlightenment movement and starting a new chapter in Taiwanese history. In line with the association's aspirations, the Ministry of Culture is working together with the Ministry of Education, Council of Indigenous Peoples, Hakka Affairs Council, and municipal agencies to bring culture closer to everyday life.

    For example, the National Museum of Taiwan Literature is holding workshops themed "cháu-chhē bȗn-huà ūn-tōng ê kha-liah (走找文化運動ê腳跡)," or "retracing the footsteps of Taiwanese cultural movements," in Yilan, Changhua, and Tainan, where the historic association staged several monumental literary events in the past. Participating littérateurs and historians will give keynote speeches on cultural events and literary stories that have happened in Taiwan since the association was established nearly a century ago.

    The National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra will also offer two programs in central and southern Taiwan, with the first dedicated to the late Taiwanese composer Hsu Shih (許石), whose folk songs embody memories of Tainan and whose centennial birthday falls on 2019. The second event, an open park concert for picnic-goers, will take place as part of the 2019 Taichung Jazz Festival.

    What's more, many of this year’s events are being organized by cultural foundations and non-governmental agencies, including the 2019 Tua-Tiu-Tiann International Festival of Arts in Taipei (Chiang Wei-shui Cultural Foundation), and a free series of concerts and exhibitions at the Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden in Taichung (Ataabu Cultural Foundation).

    Many of the events are not limited to Oct. 17, but take place throughout the remainder of October. The full list of Taiwan Culture Day events is available at 1017cul.moc.gov.tw.

  • Riding on the advancements of diverse and flourishing technology applications, "Culture X Tech Next" is launching its 2019 version on a larger scale in Taipei's Huashan 1914 Creative Park from Oct. 1 to 5. Comprising international seminars, experimental exhibitions, and matchmaking sessions for startups, the five-day forum will cover topics such as immersive experience, somatosensory technology, block-chain, and the latest applications of theatrical displays.

    Contemporary society is undergoing changes in industrial structure, social life, and dissemination model of culture brought about by digital technology. However, technology is largely driven by humanity's innate desire to unleash creativity through cultural and social innovations, in which cultural perspectives can also influence the development of technology that is shaping the future.

    The underlying core value of the intersection of culture and technology should be using a human-centric perspective to leverage technology as a medium to promote prosperous cultural developments. This spirit is reflected in Article 17 of the Cultural Fundamental Act that was promulgated this June: "This nation shall draft policies concerning the development of culture and technology to spur innovation and cooperation between culture and technology, and shall cultivate cross-disciplinary personnel as to lay the foundation for an innovative environment."

    The Culture X Tech Next forum positions itself as a strategic platform for integrating and igniting the creative sectors through emphasis on inherent emotions, sentiments, and legacies. The five-day program aims to unite programming languages and cultural languages into one by nourishing machinery and data with humane literacy, and build a "cultech" eco-system that will promote cultural engagement, safeguard equality and diversity, and shape a cultured civil society in the digital era.

    From immersive content creation and theater to music technology, wearable devices, and the innovative applications of 5G, the forum will feature over 20 guest speakers from Taiwan and abroad, as well as demonstrations by some 15 providers of 3D databases, digital archives, interdisciplinary films, and games.

    More information is available at https://cxtn.iiiedu.org.tw/.

  • Release Date: August 1st, 2019

    The 7th month of the lunar calendar is the ghost month, and the Ghost Festival holds General Salvation Ceremonies. However, what are the special characteristics of Keelung’s Ghost Festival? What other folk events are there in Taiwan other than the Ghost Festival? The answers can all be found in the "Ghost Festival Themed Book Fair" from August 1st to the 31st. So come on into the library during the summer, and read some books to find the answers!

    In order to promote people's understanding of the Ghost Festival and knowledge of folklore, the public libraries of the city will jointly launch the "Ghost Festival Themed Book Fair" starting form tomorrow to encourage people to read. The Book Fair includes three major themes: "Keelung Ghost Festival," and "Taiwan Folklore," and “Horror Novels.” Not only will the Book Fair allow the public to have better understandings of literature on Taiwanese folklore and rituals, the Book Fair’s Ghost Festival Theme and novels with ghosts or monsters might just give the public some “chills” during the summer.

    In addition, the Public Library will also feature introductions and summaries of select books on the "Keelung City Public Library" fan page every week. People that don’t have time to visit the library and read the books there can also learn some tidbits of knowledge by tuning into the fan page.

    For more information, please refer to the "Keelung City Public Library" fan page, the Keelung City Public Library’s official website (www.kllib.klccab.gov.tw), the Keelung City Cultural Bureau’s official website (www.klccab.gov.tw), or contact 02 -24224170 #276, 298

  • Release Date: July 31st, 2019

    This lecture has four main focuses, and will use picture books to have listeners of all ages immerse themselves within the stories as Cheng Li-er will take everyone on a trip to experience the streets of Keelung. For relationships and career growth, longtime relationship restoration veteran Chiu Shu-hui and experienced headhunter Lynn were invited to spend a beautiful afternoon with everyone as they venture through Keelung!

    [Harbor City Reading (1) –Picture Book Lecture]
    Theme: Start Healing by Listening to Stories
    Speaker: Hu Mei-ling
    Time: August 17th, 2019, 14:00 - 15:30
    Location: Sea to See Bookafe
    (No. 236 Ren 2nd Road, Ren'ai District, Keelung City)

    [Harbor City Reading (2) – Local Keelung Lecture]
    Theme: The Alleyway Delicacies of Keelung
    Speaker: Cheng Li-er
    Time: August 24th, 2019, 14:00~15:30
    Location: Heinz Coffee
    (No. 53 Ren 3rd Road, Ren'ai District, Keelung City)

    [Harbor City Reading (3) – Growth of Relationships Lecture]
    Theme: Become Better by Repairing Relationships
    Speaker: Chiu Shu-hui
    Time: September 1st, 2019, 14:00 - 15:30
    Location: Cultural Affairs Bureau 2nd Conference Room
    (2nd Floor, No. 181, Xin 1st Road, Keelung City)

    [Harbor City Reading (four) - Career Development Lecture]
    Theme: Shine Because of Your Profession
    Speaker: Lynn
    Time: September 29th, 108, 14:00 - 15:30
    Venue: Cultural Affairs Bureau 2nd Conference Room
    (2nd Floor, No. 181, Xin 1st Road, Keelung City)

    Ways to Register:
    Online Registration: https://kllib.klccab.gov.tw/sa/enroll_index.cfm
    For enquiries, please call 02-24224170 ext. 272, 276

  • Release Date: June 25th, 2019

    Points of Notice for Street Performers to Engage in Cultural and Artistic Activities in Keelung City” Announced and Implemented in November 2018.

    Permit to Perform:

    (1) Street performers that possess licenses to engage in cultural and artistic activities in the city of Keelung must obtain the consent of the public area’s management unit and the City’s Cultural Affairs Bureau’s permission if they wish to perform in permitted exhibition venues.

    (2) Applicants should submit their application forms (like the attachment) to the City’s Cultural Affairs Bureau before the 20th of each month (postponed to the next business day if it is a holiday) to perform in the following month. When submitting an application, applicants need to attach a certificate of consent to perform at the exhibition venue from the exhibition venue. If the confirmation of the exhibition venue cannot be settled before the permitted date, the City’s Cultural Affairs Bureau will not approve the application.

    (3) The aforementioned application form (including the consent for performing at the exhibition venue) can be sent in the following ways:

    1. By yourself (During business hours / Keelung City Cultural Affairs Bureau Performing Arts Section Office).
    2. By mail (Keelung City Cultural Affairs Bureau Performing Arts Section No. 181, Xinyi Road, Keelung City 20241, date is based on the postmark, please confirm by calling 02-24224170 ext. 328).
    3. Fax (02-24274192, please confirm by calling -02-24224170 ext. 328).
    4. Email (shupaoer@klccab.gov.tw, please confirm by calling 02-24224170 ext. 328).

    (4) The City’s Cultural Affairs Bureau shall announce the following month’s permitted street performers on the Keelung City Cultural Affairs Bureau’s official website before the 25th of each month (postponed to the next business day if it is a holiday).

  • Release Date: May 21st, 2019

    The relevant information for the "2019 International Conference on Contemporary Challenges for Museums" is as follows:

    1. This conference is scheduled to be held at the National Science and Technology Museum from October 17th to 18th of 2019. It will discuss topics related to the contemporary challenges for museums to expand the knowledge of museums, which will aid the operational practices of Taiwanese museums and hope to promote universal progress within the museum community.
    2. For information on registering for the conference, please refer to http://museum-conference.nstm.gov.tw/2019/). Contact: Associate Professor Yen Shangqing (Tainan National University of the Arts Graduate Institute of Conservation of Cultural Relics and Museology), 0970652818, sanching@tnnua.edu.tw, or Associate Researcher Hsiao Guohong (National Science and Technology Museum), 07-3800089, ext. 5308, khhsiao@mail.nstm.gov.tw