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Creative Expo Taiwan opens in Taipei

2018/04/18 23:05:19

Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君)

Taipei, April 18 (CNA) The 2018 Creative Expo Taiwan kicked off Wednesday in Taipei, exhibiting cultural trends and Taiwanese craft, designs, and illustrative art.

The expo, organized by the Ministry of Culture, is being held at Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park and Taipei Expo Park until April 22.

The Huashan venue features six exhibitions, titled "Body Knowing," "Body Imaging," "Body Making," "Taiwan Hip Hop Kids," "Body Defining" and "Body Lifting."

The six exhibitions feature photos and videos of Taiwan's natural scenery, including its tall mountains, and posters by eight graphic designers and artists that reflect their feelings and thinking, according to the organizers.

The displays also include the music, lyrics and documentaries of Taiwan's hip hop singers and specially designed work suits for 10 different occupations, and explore the relationship between time and craft, the organizers said.

The venue at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, meanwhile, features a collection of furniture, accessories, metalwork, lacquerware and innovative craft from various Taiwanese brands.

The Taipei Expo Park venue is displaying illustrations, comic art and other graphic designs by 100 aspiring artists from Taiwan and abroad, the organizers said.

At the opening of the expo, Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) said her ministry will work with the Ministry of Economic Affairs to launch programs that embrace "design thinking" as a driving force for cultural innovation and industrial development.

One of the programs will be launched next year with a budget of NT$220 million (US$7.5 million) to match and train talent in the audio and video, costume design and performing arts sectors, according to Deputy Economics Minister Kung Ming-hsin (龔明鑫).

He said his ministry will also upgrade the Taiwan Design Center into a research institute within two years to enhance Taiwan's design research capabilities.

Also speaking at the opening, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) noted that the New York Times recently called Taiwan "Asia's bastion of free speech."

"I hope we can also become a bastion of culture, design and creativity," he said.

(By Christie Chen)