2022 Golden Melody Awards to be held in Kaohsiung

05/11/2022 07:17 PM
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Hong Kong singer-songwriter G.E.M., who won the jury
Hong Kong singer-songwriter G.E.M., who won the jury's award at the 2020 Golden Melody Awards ceremony, performed at Kaohsiung Area in 2019. File photo courtesy of IME

Taipei, May 11 (CNA) The 33rd Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan's equivalent of the Grammy Awards, will be held in Kaohsiung in July, the first time the southern city has hosted the event in 17 years, the Ministry of Culture (MOC) announced Wednesday.

According to a press release from the ministry, the Golden Melody Awards was last held in Kaohsiung in 2005, when it took place at the Kaohsiung Cultural Center, which also hosted the awards in 2001 and 2002.

The city was chosen to host the 2022 awards at Kaohsiung Arena on July 2 after considering scheduling, location, attendees and Kaohsiung residents' passion for the event, the MOC said.

Other than seeking to give the event a makeover, the ministry also hopes the awards ceremony will further help to cultivate local art and music as well as provide a boost to local businesses, the ministry said.

The Golden Melody Awards, presented by the MOC, celebrate the best music in Taiwan in Mandarin, Hoklo, Hakka and Formosan languages.

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In its news release, the ministry also addressed the prospective benefits for southern Taiwan from the awards-related Golden Music Festival.

The festival serves as a warm up event for the awards, the MOC said, and will be held at the Kaohsiung Music Center (KMC) from June 24-26.

It will include industry symposiums and workshops led by industry leaders as well as many other activities, the MOC said, adding that it hopes these events will put Kaohsiung on the map for music industry professionals.

The music festival was created in 2014, with the aim of using the prestige of the awards in the world of Mandarin music to invigorate the music business, by offering those who work in the industry the recognition they deserve.

The event will mark the first time the KMC, newly opened on Oct. 31, 2021, has held the festival.

All souvenirs and events, including giveaways, will adhere to the Central Epidemic Command Center's COVID-19 response protocols, the ministry noted.

(By Yeh Kuan-yin and James Lo)

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