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18th Taipei Culture Award presented

2014/12/06 20:28:56

From left: Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin, Tonshan Books founder Howard Chen, Chew's Culture Foundation founder Andrew Chew and Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Liu Wei-gong.

Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) An entrepreneur-turned-arts promoter and a publisher were honored Saturday at the 18th Taipei Culture Award ceremony.

Andrew Chew is the former owner of an electronics company and founded Chew's Culture Foundation in 1990 to support art activities. The foundation has been holding the semi-annual Euterpe: Spring & Autumn music festival since 1991 and opened the Hong-Gah Museum in 1999 before launching the biennial Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition in 2008.

The other winner was Howard Chen, founder of Tonshan Books and the Tonshan publishing house. Tonshan became Taiwan's first independent publisher when it was established in 1982.

Addressing the awards presentation ceremony, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said turning Taipei into a cultural capital for Chinese-speaking communities worldwide has been one of the city's long-term goals.

The award winners are the main force toward moving in that direction, he said.

(By Liu Shih-yi and Y.F. Low)