Jasmine Chou (周俐敏), executive director of the Taiwan Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, shared the secrets behind the success of Taipei's premier creative hub at a May 26 salon talk in Kuala Lumpur.
Established in 2011, the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park revitalized historic buildings and equipment of the Matsuyama Tobacco Plant of the Monopoly Bureau that was constructed during Japanese occupation in 1937.
As grounds devoted to providing space for creative use, the Park now houses many creative boutiques and hosts regular exhibitions and performances, serving members of its surrounding urban community as well as attracting international visitors with its reputation for literary ambience and free spirit.
Chou noted that such provision of resources from both the private and public sectors is not only a great way to bolster the city's artistic culture, but also a proven method for maintaining an innovative edge and helping more creative entrepreneurs and artists secure more opportunities to realize their dreams.
The Park was named first place in the Gold Medal Service Survey conducted by CommonWealth in 2015 and 2016, and garnered praise from the 2015 Red Dot Design Award Taiwan for offering the best incubation channels for cultivating cultural and creative operators.
"It has been our aspiration to provide a space for creative talents to share their brands and products with consumers," Chou pointed out. "Most importantly, we want to highlight the creative value behind their brands."
Chou’s talk in Kuala Lumpur marks the 12th session of Tea Philo, a salon series organized by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia. Luminaries from Taiwan are invited to Malaysia to share their experiences and engage local cultural communities by creating meaningful exchanges for participants from both nations.
Previous speakers include outstanding experts from the fields of visual arts, public space management, choreography, and photography.
The next English Tea Philo session will welcome Chang Yui-tan (張譽騰), former director of Taiwan's National Museum of History. The admission-free event will be held on July 7 at the National Visual Arts Gallery, sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/teaphilomy/