Taiwan’s arts coming to George Town

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 01 Jun 2018

(From right) Sidek showing a pamphlet to Chou, Taipei Investors in Malaysia vice-president Datuk Lee Hung Lung and Penang Alumni Associations of Taiwan Universities president Lim Goay Huah after the press conference in George Town, Penang.

TAIWANESE performing arts will become a feature of George Town Festival 2018 (GTF).

Coined ‘Isle to Isle’, a layered series of programmes highlighting the best of Taiwanese performing arts, creative and art administration will be featured at the festival this year.

The series will run from Aug 12 to 19 and will showcase and create a discourse on the arts and the use of creative spaces to generate people- centric experiences, said GTF director Joe Sidek.

GTF and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia (TECO) announced the collaboration recently in an effort to create closer ties between the arts and design community of both islands.

“We are excited to work with TECO along with other Taiwanese organisations on this project,” said Sidek at the presentation of Isle to Isle.

“Taiwan is a leading example in the region where the government and private sectors work together to create a successful platform for the creative industry.”

TECO cultural division director in Malaysia Peggy Chou said partnering with GTF and establishing Isle to Isle would create closer bonds between the two countries.

“We are thrilled to bring to Penang the best of Taiwanese art, design and more,” added Chou.

The collaboration with Taiwan also includes partnerships with Taiwanese organisations such as the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taiwan Cinema Toolkit, Quanta Arts Foundation and Penang-based Mano Plus.

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