Taiwanese photographer Shen Chao-liang recognized by Japan’s photo award
Taiwanese veteran photographer Shen Chao-liang (沈昭良) received the Photographic Society of Japan’s 2024 International Award on June 3. The Photographic Society of Japan’s 2024 award recipients were revealed on Mar. 29. Shen was praised for his pivotal role as a bridge connecting Taiwan and Japan’s photography circles, introducing the works of Japanese photographers to Taiwan, and facilitating conversations between young students and photographers across the Asia region as an educator. Upon receiving the honor, he said, “This award is not only an encouragement for myself, but also the greatest support and recognition for my cultural homeland – Taiwan.” Shen’s notable photography works include Reflections of Nan-Fang-Ao, YULAN Magnolia Flower, Tsukiji Fish Market, STAGE, and Taiwanese Vaudeville Troupes. He has frequently received prestigious awards such as the Golden Tripod Award for Best Photography, the Asia Award in Sagamihara, Japan, the Dong-gang Photography Award in Korea, the IPA (International Photography Awards) 1st Place in Professional, and the Wu San-Lien Award (吳三連獎). Established in 1952, the Photographic Society of Japan has been presenting annual awards to individuals, groups, or institutions who have contributed to Japanese photography. The awards are currently divided into five categories: International, Distinguished Contributions, Lifetime Achievement, Curatorial, and Newcomer’s.

Taiwanese photographer Shen Chao-liang recognized by Japan’s photo award

2024-06-12
Taiwanese veteran photographer Shen Chao-liang (沈昭良) received the Photographic Society of Japan’s 2024 International Award on June 3. The Photographic Society of Japan’s 2024 award recipients were revealed on Mar. 29. Shen was praised for his pivotal role as a bridge connecting Taiwan and Japan’s photography circles, introducing the works of Japanese photographers to Taiwan, and facilitating conversations between young students and photographers across the Asia region as an educator. Upon receiving the honor, he said, “This award is not only an encouragement for myself, but also the greatest support and recognition for my cultural homeland – Taiwan.” Shen’s notable photography works include Reflections of Nan-Fang-Ao, YULAN Magnolia Flower, Tsukiji Fish Market, STAGE, and Taiwanese Vaudeville Troupes. He has frequently received prestigious awards such as the Golden Tripod Award for Best Photography, the Asia Award in Sagamihara, Japan, the Dong-gang Photography Award in Korea, the IPA (International Photography Awards) 1st Place in Professional, and the Wu San-Lien Award (吳三連獎). Established in 1952, the Photographic Society of Japan has been presenting annual awards to individuals, groups, or institutions who have contributed to Japanese photography. The awards are currently divided into five categories: International, Distinguished Contributions, Lifetime Achievement, Curatorial, and Newcomer’s.
Minister Li Yuan visits NTMC and NTMoFA in Taichung
On June 10, Culture Minister Li Yuan visited the National Taiwan Museum of Comics (NTMC) and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA) in Taichung City, seeing ongoing exhibitions including “Yeh Hong-chia Centennial,” “An Ode to the Sun and the Moon - Yen Shui Long's Formosa,” and “A Pluralistic Art History for Future Generations.” During a guided tour led by Yeh Chia-lung (葉佳龍), son of the late Taiwanese comic artist Yeh Hong-chia, Minister Li remarked that the comic character “Jhuge Shiro (諸葛四郎)” took Taiwan by storm upon its debut. Emphasizing the role of the NTMC as a hub for Taiwanese comics, he promised that the ministry would expedite the construction of the museum’s northern compound to provide a comprehensive space for comics research, education, and international exchange. During his stop at the NTMoFA, Minister Li noted that “An Ode to the Sun and the Moon - Yen Shui Long's Formosa” and “A Pluralistic Art History for Future Generations” are part of the ministry’s efforts to reconstruct Taiwan’s art history. He affirmed that the ministry would continue to assist the NTMoFA in fully developing the narratives of Taiwan’s fine art development, aiming to elevate the archiving and research of artwork to new heights.

Minister Li Yuan visits NTMC and NTMoFA in Taichung

2024-06-12
On June 10, Culture Minister Li Yuan visited the National Taiwan Museum of Comics (NTMC) and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA) in Taichung City, seeing ongoing exhibitions including “Yeh Hong-chia Centennial,” “An Ode to the Sun and the Moon - Yen Shui Long's Formosa,” and “A Pluralistic Art History for Future Generations.” During a guided tour led by Yeh Chia-lung (葉佳龍), son of the late Taiwanese comic artist Yeh Hong-chia, Minister Li remarked that the comic character “Jhuge Shiro (諸葛四郎)” took Taiwan by storm upon its debut. Emphasizing the role of the NTMC as a hub for Taiwanese comics, he promised that the ministry would expedite the construction of the museum’s northern compound to provide a comprehensive space for comics research, education, and international exchange. During his stop at the NTMoFA, Minister Li noted that “An Ode to the Sun and the Moon - Yen Shui Long's Formosa” and “A Pluralistic Art History for Future Generations” are part of the ministry’s efforts to reconstruct Taiwan’s art history. He affirmed that the ministry would continue to assist the NTMoFA in fully developing the narratives of Taiwan’s fine art development, aiming to elevate the archiving and research of artwork to new heights.
Friendly Reminder of Matters for Attention Before River Tracing
River tracing not only allows participants to appreciate the beautiful scenery of Taiwan's river gorges, but also enjoy the cool air in the heat of summer. It has gradually developed into a popular outdoor activity for cooling off. As summer approaches, the Sports Administration (SA) urges the public to carefully choose legal operators before participating in river tracing activities, confirm the safety of the water area and ensure safety protection before entering the water, and follow the instructions of river tracing guide for self-protection to reduce the risk of accidents. River tracing activity, also known as canyoning, is a combined activity that involves moving through rivers, gorges and other water areas and adjacent areas, or performing technical climbing or rappelling depending on the needs of the terrain. As the beautiful scenery and miraculous handiwork of nature can be appreciated during the activity, river tracing attracts many outdoor enthusiasts. However, river tracing can cause accidents or regrettable incidents due to factors such as environment, weather interpretation, equipment, familiarity with water area terrain or negligence. To maintain the safety of river tracing and protect the rights and interests of consumers, the SA invites local county and city governments to annually review and provides guidance to operators engaged in river tracing within their jurisdictions. Before the activities, implementation plans must be reported to the local competent authority where the activities are held, a sufficient number of river tracing guides or safety personnel allocated, equipment that meets safety standards worn, complete emergency response measures formulated, and sufficient public accident liability insurance purchased, so that everyone can safely enjoy river tracing. Summer vacation is the peak season for outdoor and water activities. The SA reminds the public that before participating in river tracing activities, they should confirm the weather is suitable and pay attention to river changes at all times; check equipments, including helmets, river tracing shoes and life jackets, and wear them correctly; choose licensed operators carefully and pay attention to whether the life-saving equipment in the river tracing area is all in place; keep in mind safe movements and basic skills, avoid being left alone or walking alone during the activity, and pay attention to your physical condition and environmental conditions such as water flow, soil, rocks and weather at all times. In rivers and gorges, when dark clouds begin to cover the upper reaches, the water becomes turbid, thunder is heard, or rain begins to fall, the instructions of the river tracing guide to stop the activity should be followed, and a safe area moved to immediately to prevent tragedy from happening. The SA stated that to protect the natural environment, ecology and water resources, people should demand of themselves when participating in river tracing activities to not throw away objects, garbage or food waste during river tracing activities, to do their bit for the sustainable development of the ecological environment.

Friendly Reminder of Matters for Attention Before River Tracing

2024-06-07
River tracing not only allows participants to appreciate the beautiful scenery of Taiwan's river gorges, but also enjoy the cool air in the heat of summer. It has gradually developed into a popular outdoor activity for cooling off. As summer approaches, the Sports Administration (SA) urges the public to carefully choose legal operators before participating in river tracing activities, confirm the safety of the water area and ensure safety protection before entering the water, and follow the instructions of river tracing guide for self-protection to reduce the risk of accidents. River tracing activity, also known as canyoning, is a combined activity that involves moving through rivers, gorges and other water areas and adjacent areas, or performing technical climbing or rappelling depending on the needs of the terrain. As the beautiful scenery and miraculous handiwork of nature can be appreciated during the activity, river tracing attracts many outdoor enthusiasts. However, river tracing can cause accidents or regrettable incidents due to factors such as environment, weather interpretation, equipment, familiarity with water area terrain or negligence. To maintain the safety of river tracing and protect the rights and interests of consumers, the SA invites local county and city governments to annually review and provides guidance to operators engaged in river tracing within their jurisdictions. Before the activities, implementation plans must be reported to the local competent authority where the activities are held, a sufficient number of river tracing guides or safety personnel allocated, equipment that meets safety standards worn, complete emergency response measures formulated, and sufficient public accident liability insurance purchased, so that everyone can safely enjoy river tracing. Summer vacation is the peak season for outdoor and water activities. The SA reminds the public that before participating in river tracing activities, they should confirm the weather is suitable and pay attention to river changes at all times; check equipments, including helmets, river tracing shoes and life jackets, and wear them correctly; choose licensed operators carefully and pay attention to whether the life-saving equipment in the river tracing area is all in place; keep in mind safe movements and basic skills, avoid being left alone or walking alone during the activity, and pay attention to your physical condition and environmental conditions such as water flow, soil, rocks and weather at all times. In rivers and gorges, when dark clouds begin to cover the upper reaches, the water becomes turbid, thunder is heard, or rain begins to fall, the instructions of the river tracing guide to stop the activity should be followed, and a safe area moved to immediately to prevent tragedy from happening. The SA stated that to protect the natural environment, ecology and water resources, people should demand of themselves when participating in river tracing activities to not throw away objects, garbage or food waste during river tracing activities, to do their bit for the sustainable development of the ecological environment.
MOC’s cultural tour to take place in Pingtung on June 8
The third leg of the Ministry of Culture’s “Cultural Tour: Theaters at Villages (文化平權巡演-庄頭劇場 藝日限定)” this year will take place in Pingtung County, inviting renowned Ming Hwa Yuan Arts & Cultural Group (明華園戲劇總團) to stage their classic performance “Legend of White Snake (超炫白蛇傳)” at the Liudui Memorial Park on June 8. Dubbed a “once in a lifetime experience,” the “Legend of White Snake” attracted an audience of 50,000 during its performance in Chiayi County last year. With unparalleled stage design, extravagant audio-visual effects, and a combination of ground, stage, and aerial actions, this epic production aims to impress the audience with an immersive experience. The show on June 8, commencing 2 p.m., will feature other 6 performing art groups, including Su’s Puppetry Theater (蘇家班掌中劇坊), Owlgg (貓頭鷹兒童劇團), TOTAL Musical Theatre (唱歌集), Tjimur Dance Theatre (蒂摩爾古薪舞集), Neo-Classical Chamber Ensemble (新古典室內樂團), and Blue Shirts Music and Dance Troupe (藍衫樂舞團). See the event’s Facebook page for more information.

MOC’s cultural tour to take place in Pingtung on June 8

2024-06-07
The third leg of the Ministry of Culture’s “Cultural Tour: Theaters at Villages (文化平權巡演-庄頭劇場 藝日限定)” this year will take place in Pingtung County, inviting renowned Ming Hwa Yuan Arts & Cultural Group (明華園戲劇總團) to stage their classic performance “Legend of White Snake (超炫白蛇傳)” at the Liudui Memorial Park on June 8. Dubbed a “once in a lifetime experience,” the “Legend of White Snake” attracted an audience of 50,000 during its performance in Chiayi County last year. With unparalleled stage design, extravagant audio-visual effects, and a combination of ground, stage, and aerial actions, this epic production aims to impress the audience with an immersive experience. The show on June 8, commencing 2 p.m., will feature other 6 performing art groups, including Su’s Puppetry Theater (蘇家班掌中劇坊), Owlgg (貓頭鷹兒童劇團), TOTAL Musical Theatre (唱歌集), Tjimur Dance Theatre (蒂摩爾古薪舞集), Neo-Classical Chamber Ensemble (新古典室內樂團), and Blue Shirts Music and Dance Troupe (藍衫樂舞團). See the event’s Facebook page for more information.
Taiwan-France cultural workshop to take place in Taipei
The Taiwan-France cultural workshop, co-hosted by the Ministry of Culture (MOC) and the French Office in Taipei, will take place at the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-Lab) on June 17 and 18. Titled “Evolution de l'IA culturelle (Evolution of Cultural AI, 文化AI進行式),” this event will focus on the overall trend and the application of artificial intelligence in contemporary arts and cultural industry. Following the model of hosting the event last year, MOC has continued the collaboration with the French Office in Taipei and the Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) for the workshop. This year, professionals from Taiwan and France are invited to discuss the latest developments in artificial intelligence technology, sharing insights on policymaking, art creation, law and regulations, research and development, and much more. This event is open to the public, with applications being accepted until June 12. Each session is limited to 100 participants. Professionals, researchers, and students from cultural and creative sectors are welcome to attend. The workshop will be conducted in Chinese Mandarin and French, with live interpretation provided. For more information, go to: https://www.accupass.com/go/2024tfatelier

Taiwan-France cultural workshop to take place in Taipei

2024-06-05
The Taiwan-France cultural workshop, co-hosted by the Ministry of Culture (MOC) and the French Office in Taipei, will take place at the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-Lab) on June 17 and 18. Titled “Evolution de l'IA culturelle (Evolution of Cultural AI, 文化AI進行式),” this event will focus on the overall trend and the application of artificial intelligence in contemporary arts and cultural industry. Following the model of hosting the event last year, MOC has continued the collaboration with the French Office in Taipei and the Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) for the workshop. This year, professionals from Taiwan and France are invited to discuss the latest developments in artificial intelligence technology, sharing insights on policymaking, art creation, law and regulations, research and development, and much more. This event is open to the public, with applications being accepted until June 12. Each session is limited to 100 participants. Professionals, researchers, and students from cultural and creative sectors are welcome to attend. The workshop will be conducted in Chinese Mandarin and French, with live interpretation provided. For more information, go to: https://www.accupass.com/go/2024tfatelier