The Ministry of Culture held a press conference on Oct. 10 to honor the opening of the 2013 Huashan Living Arts Festival. The annual festival will feature exhibition curators from 12 countries around the world and run through Nov. 11 in both Taipei and Kaohsiung.
The festival kicked off at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park with the renowned Taiwanese U-Theater group’s signature work “River Journey,” a performance piece combining martial arts, dancing, acting and drumming.
The living arts festival is an important business-matching platform for local performing arts groups; the growing number of international curators who take part in the event can help to establish Taiwan as an artistic window into the Asia-Pacific region, said Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai, who was invited to perform with U-Theater at the opening show. She added that “art groups are like dandelion seeds that spread the sentiments of Taiwan throughout the world.”
The month-long festival, which is scheduled to feature over 400 professional indoor and outdoor performances, is expected to attract more than 120,000 visitors this year to the festival's venues in Taipei and Kaohsiung’s Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts. The event was introduced to southern Taiwan for the first time.