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2018 Nuit Blanche Taipei kicks off Saturday

2018/10/04 19:44:59

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Taipei, Oct. 4 (CNA) Taipei City government will launch its annual Nuit Blanche event Saturday, inviting the public to enjoy a wonderful night full of artistic activities and exhibitions throughout the city.

The event, which was first held in 2016, will kick off at 6:00 p.m. Saturday and last through 6:00 a.m. Sunday, focused mainly on sections 1-3 of Zhongshan North Road and the city's Shuanglian and Yuanshan areas, all of which reflect the cultural traits and spiritual essence of Taipei in different periods, the municipal Department of Cultural Affairs said.

In addition to local artists, individuals from France, Canada, Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines have also been invited to take part in the all-night contemporary arts festival, sharing different artistic perspectives and experiences with the public.

Their works will revolve around the theme "Upside Down" and explore the relationship between day and night, in and out, tradition and modernity, prosperity and decline, dynamism and stability, from a range of different perspectives.

The highlights of this year's Nuit Blanche event will include "Let us hug each other today!" which is made up of large-scale fiberglass sculptures, their arms outstretched, at Xuancheng Children's Park, by Taiwan's Tsai Chieh-hsin (蔡潔莘).

"Morse Code" by Taiwan's Tao Ya-lun (陶亞倫), exhibited at Linsun Park, translates and projects audience messages into the night sky through a searchlight, extending the viewers' imagination from the earth to the heaven.

"Untitled Monochrome #1," a large rotating light display by Canadian artist Liam Morgan, introduces interference into the festive night with its hypnotic and almost cultish visual effects.

To help people move around the city more easily during 2018 Nuit Blanche Taipei, Taipei Main Station, Zhongshan, Shuanglian, Minquan W. Road and Yuanshan stations on the city metro system's red line will remain open all night, Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation said in a press release.

Passengers traveling on the metro between midnight and 2:00 a.m. Sunday could encounter a guitar duet by Yen Fan and Martin Zheng, who will perform on MRT trains, according to the company.

(By Chen Yen-chun and Flor Wang)