Performance Arts | Overview
The diversity of Taiwan’s culture has been shaped by major historical events and the convergence of different cultures has sparked a new breed of creativity and expression, specifically in the colorful ecology of performing arts and intangible cultural assets.
Presently, the promotion of performing arts aims mainly at facilitating the balanced development and environment of performing arts, nurturing artistic and literary talent, and enhancing public appreciation of the performing arts.
The Ministry of Culture’s promotional objectives are coupled with the goals of enhancing the standards of professional creation, as well as elevating domestic exhibitions and performances through the fostering of sustainable management in domestic professional performing groups.
In the future, the Ministry’s policies will also focus on narrowing the arts and literature gap between cities and rural areas, improving the arts and literature environment, upholding the business and commercial value of performing arts, shaping the diverse styles of Taiwan’s contemporary performing arts, and strengthening the nation’s overall cultural competitiveness.
Combining varied and vivacious methods of expression such as music, dance, drama, literature, and visual arts, performing arts reflect aesthetic creativity and humanistic understanding.
Furthermore, performing arts deepen the communication and trust among individuals through shared appreciation and group participation, thereby contributing to the civil quality of contemporary society.
Based on this civil model, the Ministry’s policies on performing arts are aimed at encouraging participation, enhancing artistic and literary creation, and elevating the quality of appreciation to achieve cultural equality.
The promotion of performing arts aims mainly at facilitating the balanced development and environment of performing arts, nurturing artistic and literary talent, enhancing public appreciation of the performing arts, strengthening the standards of professional creation, and elevating domestic exhibitions and performances through the fostering of sustainable management in domestic professional performing groups.
In acknowledgement of Taiwan’s pluralistic society, the Ministry is committed to fostering, promoting, and studying all performing arts, as well as guiding local government agencies with the selection and financial support of performing groups that reflect different aspects of Taiwan’s cultural diversity.
- Nurturing performance artists and management professionals;
- Formulating and implementing performing arts policies;
- Achieving international exchanges and cooperation in performing arts;
- Promoting performing arts from the grassroots level;
- Assisting regional government agencies in developing local performing arts;
- Boosting the number of people who appreciate performing arts;
- Facilitating cross-sector collaboration in performing arts;
- Enhancing the management and development capabilities of local culture centers.
Cultural diversity is the most precious intangible cultural asset in the ecology of Taiwan’s performing arts. In response to the coming of the globalization era, future development will focus on nurturing performing arts professionals in upcoming generations and establishing a talent pool, and assisting performing groups of different sizes at different development stages in pursuing their long-term objectives in a stable and sustainable manner.
The Ministry also aims to enhance the management efficiency of performing groups, strengthen arts marketing, boost the number of people who appreciate performing arts, integrate performing arts resources, narrow the arts and literature gap between cities and rural areas, improve the arts and literature environment, uphold the business and commercial value of performing arts, shape the diverse styles of Taiwan’s contemporary performing arts, and strengthen the nation’s overall cultural competitiveness.
Policies & Initiatives
Supervision of the nation’s performing arts sector falls under the Ministry’s Department of Arts Development, whose top priorities include:
- Supporting local artists to put together their very first show.
- Creating a financially stable environment for local performing art groups by offering subsidies based on their size and development.
- Introducing Taiwan’s unique performing arts to the world through international exchanges and performance tours.
- Embracing the digital age by encouraging performance artists to incorporate digital and mixed media.
- Helping to make performing arts more accessible, especially to communities and villages in Taiwan’s more remote regions, by integrating the nation's resources and infrastructure projects.
- January 2015 > Ministry program matches performers with venues
- November 2014 > Value of rehearsal highlighted in latest subsidy
- August 2013 > BBC interviews Taiwan's Wu Hsing-kuo