New funding initiative aims to craft world-class cultural festivals
Twelve projects have been granted subsidies totaling NT$78 million under the Ministry of Culture’s latest funding initiative – Subsidy Program for Taiwan Culture Festivals (臺灣文化節慶國際化及在地文化支持計畫).
The subsidy program is open to all cultural festivities that fall under the categories of cultural heritage, art, literature, and visual communication, or large-scale events pertaining to the cultural and creative sector or museums and local cultural centers.
The 12 selected projects were respectively proposed by six cities and counties in central and southern Taiwan (Tainan City, Yunlin County, Changhua County, Kaohsiung City, Chiayi City, and Nantou County) and two northern Taiwan regions (Taoyuan City and Yilan County). Ten of these projects will take place across two years (2017-2018).
For example, “Fortuitous Beehive Fireworks & Lanterns” put forth by Tainan City was chosen because the program combined two of Tainan’s largest annual festivals – the Yenshui Beehive Fireworks Festival and Juejin Lantern Festival. The integration of two world-known events with the city’s well-established ecosystem for cultural tourism, folk tours, local specialties, and transportation network led “Fortuitous Beehive Fireworks & Festivals” to be granted NT$10 million – the highest amount among all selected projects.
As another example, the Kaohsiung International Container Arts Festival was chosen for its pertinent curatorial theme – senior citizens and long-term elderly care in an urban environment. The project, which also enhances Kaohsiung’s reputation as a maritime city by using shipping containers as mobile exhibition venues, will go on an international exhibition tour next year.
The Subsidy Program for Taiwan Culture Festivals was established to help cities and counties strengthen the development of local culture, promote cultural tourism, enhance the quality of local cultural festivals, and boost regional economy through related cultural industries. As each city and county in Taiwan develop and refine its own festival with distinct cultural characteristics, they will be able to forge stronger and more impressive reputations on the international arena.
The 12 Recipients (NT$78 million total)
- Daxi Culture & Literature Festival (Taoyuan)
- Fortuitous Beehive Fireworks & Lanterns (Tainan)
- Nanying International Folklore Festival (Yilan)
- Taiwan New Theater Arts Festival (Changhua)
- Changhua County Hichou Mud Festival (Changhua)
- Chiayi Band Festival (Chiayi)
- Nantou Crafts Festival (Nantou)
- Kaohsiung International Container Arts Festival (Kaohsiung)
- Yilan Taiwanese Opera Developmental Project (Yilan)
- Yunlin International Puppetry Festival (Yunlin)
- Cheng-Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project (Yunlin)
- Beigang Arts & Culture Festival (Yunlin)