The Ministry of Culture recommended seven of the 40 performing art projects it funded this year to more than 150 business representatives, agencies, curators and critics at a business-matching event in Taipei on Oct. 18. New performing artists are encouraged to apply for the latest grants before the end of October.
Taiwan’s cultural and creative industries are less competitive in the area of marketing, stated Deputy Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi at the event, which was held at Taipei's Huashan 1914 Creative Park. In addition to nurturing talented upcomers, the Ministry also hopes business enterprises will help support art groups.
“Taiwan does not lack talent, but it lacks platforms [that can showcase newcomers],” said Chairman Stan Shih of the National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF), adding that the NCAF will recommend outstanding performances to help enterprises boost their staff’s efficiency and happiness.
Business representatives invited to the event came from such organizations as Advantech Foundation, Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture and TSMC Education and Culture Foundation. The Kaohsiung City Bureau of Cultural Affairs, the Taiwan Cultural-Creative Development Co., the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Wenshan Theater and WanSha Chamber Orchestra also sent representatives to show their support for Taiwan’s upcoming artists.
The seven new artists recommended by the Ministry performed various programs at the event, demonstrating their talents in fields such as music, theater, dance, magic tricks and acrobatics. The Müller Chamber Choir sang a song whose lyrics were adapted from literary works, while Lin Chih-kang presented an operetta adapted from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Chang Chien-kuei combined dance and magic in a performance titled “Closets,” which was followed by a dance theater play staged by Tsai Ching-cheng.
Also performed at the event was “Collision Motion Lab 1,” dancer Lin Li-chuan’s inaugural work when he founded Collision Motion Lab. Huang Chao-hsin, a rising Peking opera star, performed part of the classic “Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio.” Flip Flops Theater, whose members include former Cirque du Soleil performer Chen Hsing-ho and yo-yo artist Yang Yuan-ching, presented the final performance at the business-matching event – a play fused with acrobatics.
The Ministry hopes the grants for new artistic creations will help foster a new generation of cultural and creative enthusiasts.