The 2018 National Cultural Heritage Congress & Forums, which are organized by the Bureau of Cultural Heritage, will be held from May 19 through Aug. 4 across Taiwan and its outlying islands.
At a May 8 press conference, Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun explained that the nationwide forums hope to gather public views and ideas on cultural heritage preservation for the upcoming National Cultural Heritage Congress in September.
Minister Cheng noted that public sectors such as the Taiwan Power Company and Forestry Bureau are complying with the Ministry's preservation policy by recruiting cultural heritage professionals and setting aside special budgets for preserving heritage within their fields, such as the Alishan Forest Railway.
After the amended Cultural Heritage Preservation Act and its 37 articles took effect in 2016, local governments all joined in to protect cultural heritage through regional action, she pointed out.
The Executive Yuan's Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program will devote NT$6.4 billion to assist with the Ministry's "Reconstruction of Historic Scenes" project, whereas another NT$1.1 billion budget has been allocated to help with the Bureau's preservation programs, added Minister Cheng.
She stressed that it takes systematic planning to preserve tangible cultural assets, while intangible cultural assets should focus on inheritance and talent incubation. She also pledged to strengthen incentives for the preservation of private cultural assets, and devote more resources to underwater cultural heritage.
Minister Cheng then revealed that the Taichung Cultural and Creative Industries Park will become a park dedicated to Taiwan's cultural heritage. She ended her speech with a call for civil groups to participate in the nationwide forums and exchange ideas on cultural heritage preservation.
Shy Gwo-long (施國隆), director of the Bureau of Cultural Heritage, noted that the National Cultural Heritage Congress & Forums will gather feedback and advice regarding cultural preservation, with a special emphasis on resolving the heritage-related issues raised in last year's National Cultural Congress.
A forward-looking policy blueprint will also be drafted after the compilation of information gathered from the forums. The Ministry's key objective is to craft a comprehensive cultural conservation system for Taiwan that will uphold a sustainable environment for heritage preservation.
The first forum will be held in the Taichung-based Bureau of Cultural Heritage on May 19. Feedback from a total of twelve forums will be gathered and discussed at the National Cultural Heritage Congress scheduled for Sept. 1.