This year's Tibetan Culture and Art Festival Taiwan will feature a special exhibition on thangka art, academic seminars, a photography exhibition, and performances of Tibetan music. With its spectacular program, the annual festival is sure to again be a showcase for the diverse charms of Tibetan culture.
The Tibetan Culture and Art Festival Taiwan will kick off with the "Tibetan Medicine Thangka Art Exhibition," which will take place from Sept. 7 to Oct. 28 at the National Center for Traditional Arts in Yilan. With the assistance of Evergrand Art Museum Director Huang Ying-feng, the festival will be exhibiting thangka paintings from the "Four Medical Tantras." The exhibition will be accompanied by talks on Tibetan medicine and activities, giving visitors the chance to experience Tibetan culture.
Next up will be the "Academic Seminar on Tibetan Buddhism" at the Mongolian and Tibetan Gallery, where invited experts from around Taiwan will dive deep into the topic and help the public better understand the depth and richness of Tibetan religion.
Co-organized with the Taiwan Photographer Cultural Exchange Association, the "Photography Exhibition of Tibet" will present around 60 pieces by 10 specially invited photographers, covering a variety of themes including geography, humanities, and temples. Through the lenses of these 10 photographers, exhibitiongoers will get a rare look into the natural landscape, religious culture, and folk customs of Tibet. This exhibition is set to run from Nov. 5 to Jan. 31 at the Ministry of Culture's Mongolian and Tibetan Gallery.
Always an especially anticipated highlight of the festival, this year's concerts will feature renowned Nepal-born singer Kelsang Chukie Tethong performing alongside Taiwan’s famous U-Theatre percussion group on Dec. 7 and 8 at the National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall.
Chukie Tethong grew up in a musical family. She is a skilled performer of a wide variety of moving folk songs from around Tibet. Rich with soul and compassion, her voice is irresistible and penetrating. U-Theatre, meanwhile, is a Taiwanese troupe well-known at home and abroad. The fusion of traditional and modern art that arises from the two acts performing together is sure to be a feast for the body, mind, and soul.
More information can be found on the festival’s website: https://tibetanfestival.moc.gov.tw/.