BOOKFEST@Malaysia 2017 features the Taiwan Pavilion, which opens in tandem from June 24 to July 2 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
The Taiwan Literature & Music Night Concert is an integral part of this Taiwan Pavilion, with performances running on June 24, 25 and 30, as well as July 1.
This concert is being held for the first time.
Kicking off this musical fiesta is the renowned National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra’s live rendition titled The Sound of Formosa.
You can catch them this Saturday and Sunday at the Taiwan Pavilion and the main stage in Hall 1.
There will also be live performances by Taiwanese indigenous musicians, Suming Rupi and Laka Umaw as well as the Hakkanese band ZiXuan & Slow Train.
Suming Rupi is a neo-generation Amis singer whose style has won him numerous prizes and invitation to perform across Europe.
ZiXuan & Slow Train are famed for their music, which echoes the voice of the local folk. Equally worthy of mention is Laka Umaw, a native of Taiwan’s indigenous Seediq tribe, and winner of the “Golden Melody Award”.
He is perhaps best known for composing the theme music The Rainbow Promise for the movie Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, which was nominated as the best original theme song at the Golden Horse Awards.
Don’t forget to also catch the six Taiwanese movies that will be screened in tandem with the Taiwan Literature & Music Night Concert.
A visual feast for movie-goers beckons, with screenings on June 24 and 30 and July 1 at Hall 1’s Hospitality Lounge 1.
Non-Chinese speakers will be delighted to know that two movies will have Malay subtitles. My Mother will be screened on July 1 from noon to 1pm and Wawa no Cidal will be screened from 2pm to 4.40pm on the same day.
The producer/director behind each movie will also conduct a post-screening talk for each of these two movies.