Salute to the Theatre—Tainan Cultural Center Published a Picture Book to Tell Its Story!

To celebrate Tainan Cultural Center's 35th Anniversary, Cultural Affairs Bureau of Tainan City Government spent almost one year to prepare and edit a picture book named "Salute to the Theatre (敬劇場)" to share its story with readers. Tainan Cultural Center was established in 1984. To celebrate its 35th anniversary, Cultural Affairs Bureau invited the video worker Tseng Yi-jen(曾怡甄), the writer Tsao Ting-ting(曹婷婷), illustrators Chang Ching-yuan(張瀞元) and Chang Jui-feng(張瑞峰) to cooperate with the staff of Tainan Cultural Center. This book introduces the different kinds of arts and different venues and equipment by creating an adventure story of a boy in Tainan Cultural Center. At the press conference of this book publishing on January 10th, the Director-general Yeh Tse-shan(葉澤山) highly valued this book and its educational meaning. The Chief of Tainan Cultural Center Fang Min-hua(方敏華) said, "this book tries to invite readers to open it, to know its past, to be a part of its present, and to imagine its future." This book was published in Chinese version and English version at the same time. Tainan Cultural Affairs Bureau will send it to join in some international book fairs and competitions to share the cultural achievement of Tainan with more countries.

Enjoy Arts with Neighbors–2019 “Bring the Art to Your Community”

Have you ever seen a modern dance show in front of a Taiwan temple? Come to Tainan and you will see it! “Bring the Art to Your Community(藝術進區)” is a special program planned by Cultural Affairs Bureau of Tainan City Government. This program provides a series of performances, including music, drama, dance, children theatre and traditional opera, to promote arts in different districts, especially the remote countryside, and to draw more potential audiences. This year, we arrange 22 outdoor shows and 9 indoor promoting events, from August 31st to November 30th, inviting many famous performing groups, such as Diabolo Dance Theatre (舞鈴劇場), Ming Hwa Yuan Arts & Cultural Group (明華園戲劇總團), CMC Music (陳明章音樂公司), Formosa Circus Art (FOCA福爾摩沙馬戲團), and so on. We also prepare special gifts for “early birds”! The first 100 audiences clicking the “Like!” button on our Facebook Page half an hour before each show will be given a gift. Find more information on our Facebook Page (

2019 Tainan Wind Band Arts Festival—All Concert Admission Free

For developing the culture of wind music, Tainan City Government will hold '2019 Tainan Wind Band Arts Festival' from April to July, invited about 40 bands to participate the event. On April 13th, we will have the opening concert of marching bands. The opening concert will invite 9 outstanding marching bands, including Taipei Jingmei Girls High School Marching Band, Air Force Academy Marching Band, Chung Cheng Armed Forces Preparatory School Marching Band and other 6 great marching bands. On the other hand, the main concert of the festival 'Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs)' will be held on May 18th Saturday night. The concert will invite Ting-Yu Wu, the concert master of National Symphony Orchestra and Lien-Chang Kuo, the Taiwan master conductor to perform in the concert with Tainan Symphonic Band. All of the concert is free admission by tickets. Do not hesitate to come and join us to enjoy the wonderful performance! Event: 2018 Tainan Wind Band Arts Festival Time: From April 13th to July 28th Venue: Please check out the concert schedule below Price: Free Admission by Tickets Tainan Symphonic Band's Facebook Page: Event: Opening Concert of Marching Bands Date: 4/13(Sat.) 14:30-17:30 Venue:Xinhua District, Tainan City Event: Main Concert ‘Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs)’ Date: 5/18(Sat.) 19:30 Venue:Xinying Cultural Center

NTSO─A Trip Through Scotland – Honeck & NTSO

National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (NTSO, 國立臺灣交響樂團), founded in 1945, is the oldest symphony orchestra in Taiwan. As one of the most important orchestras in Taiwan, NTSO has had rich performing experience and high reputation. In this concert, NTSO will cooperate with the famous conductor, Rainer Honeck, to interpret "W. A. Mozart: Divertimento No. 17 in D major, K. 334" and "F. Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op. 56." Mozart’s very popular Divertimento was the best background music for the parties thrown by the 18th century nobility. In addition, Mendelssohn’s trip in Scotland in 1829 inspired him to write down the draft for his Symphony No.3. A decade later, the composer transformed his drafts into a colorful and exciting symphony with rich layers of music that recreate the life and land of Scotland. These classic works will bring you different experience and imagination of classical music. Please come and join us to enjoy the wonderful performance! For more information about this concert, please visit the website: Event: NTSO─A Trip Through Scotland - Honeck & NTSO (【行旅蘇格蘭】霍內克與國臺交) Time: 14: 30, Sunday, March 17th, 2019 Venue: Tainan Cultural Center Performance Hall(臺南文化中心演藝廳) Ticket: 100/300/500/800/1000   Posted: 2019-03-17 Source: Lu Song-ying(呂松穎), Yonghua Cultural Center Management Division Tel: 06-2692864 ext.500 E-MAIL:  

Taikang Cultural Center’s Trial Run:An Introduction to the Scheduled Programs in March

The Taikang Cultural Center (TKC), the first multifunctional cultural center which contains a performing theater, a library, and a community university, is founded in response to the local need and call of neighborhood communities, educational & cultural professionals and temples, and is initiated and organized by them from bottom to top. Located at the intersection of An-ji Road and An-zhong Road in the Annan District, having competed after three years’construction, the TKC is scheduled for its trial run during the months of January and March and will be officially in operation on April 13, 2019. During the trial run period, Taikang Performing Theater, outdoor square, and the library will open to the public with a variety of multiple and colorful programs being organized. For example in March, at the theater, the performing program on March 2-3 is the “Love Tale of Anping” by the joint presentation of the Scarecrow Contemporary Dance Company and Hsieh Ming-you. The main content and theme are adopted from the lyrics written by Chen Da-ru in 1951 and the song entitled “Anping Memories Reverie,” composed by Xi Shi, that depicts the An-Ping in end of 19th Century about the love story about Mother of Miss King’s and a medical doctor met with each other in a Dutch ship. Also the native Tainan music composer and teacher Hsieh Ming-you has specially written the lyrics and composed the song made for the singing part. And to go with the dancing theatre combined with inventive multiple media images to demonstrate the changing sense of alternating time and space between reality and fantasy in dancing. On March 9 in the “Wukong: Before the Journey to the West” performed by FOCA Formosa Circus Art is an all brand-new program made by the group in 2019, featuring Wu Cheng-en’s “The Journey to the West” as the base blue-plan, and recreating the adventurous story of Monkey King Sun Wu-kong. The entire drama will be presented by such playing schemes or skills as satin thread suspension, huge rings, earth circles plus high degree of difficult somersault and other stunts, thus interpreting the stories told by the Monkey King in his continuously challenging his own self and the authority. For more information on the TKC programs or activities, please visit the official website ( and Facebook page( Event: Love Tale of Anping Time: March 2-3 Event: Wukong: Before the Journey to the West Time: March 9 Venue: the Theater in Taikang Cultural Center Organizer: Cultural Affairs Bureau of Tainan City Government Source: Yonghua Cultural Center Management Division, YANG,CHIEN-FANG (楊倩芳) Tel: 06-2558136 ext.105 E-MAIL:

An Afternoon TeaTime Encounter with Art

There is one very special space in the basement of the Performance Hall of Tainan Cultural Center - Art Salon. In addition to providing comfortable reading space and abundant reading media, you can enjoy a cup of afternoon tea on the weekend every month. To encounter with Art and literature, audience can open up the imagination of the senses through various intellectual and arts events. This year, Art Salon will celebrate its anniversary. In the first half of the year, it will be planned for the "Arts and Literature Lecture Hall". The six lectures which will invite different types of artists in terms of traditional drama, paper-cutting and music. Moreover, they have close chats with citizens. Plus, they will share their creative experience in the field of artistic. On January 5th and February 23rd, "Best Male Lead in Taiwan Kunqu - Yang Khan-ru(楊汗如)" who praised by Mr. Pai Hsien-yung(白先勇) will bring the wonderful Kunqu Opera. On March 9th, the paper-cut artist "Yang Shi-yi(楊士毅)" came to the audience with a beautiful heart. On April 6th, May 25th and June 1st, "Chen Hui-mei(陳惠湄)" who is the flute musician will introduce the classical music. These artists not only "speak" but also "play", let the audience immerse themselves in the theater atmosphere during the sharing process, enjoy a cup of afternoon tea full of artistic taste, and feel contented on the weekend. Posted: 2019-01-13 Source: Yonghua Cultural Center Management Division, Yang Shao-wei(楊劭暐) Tel: 06-2692864 ext.511 E-MAIL: Yang Khan-ru(楊汗如) Yang Shi-yi(楊士毅) Chen Hui-mei(陳惠湄)

Capriccio Espagnol-New Year Concert 2019

Taiwan Soloist Symphony Orchestra (TSSO, 台灣獨奏家交響樂團) was founded in 2000 by conductor Hsiao Pang-hsing (蕭邦享). It was their ambition to continue working together and pursuing parallel careers as soloists, members of orchestras, tutors and professors of music conservatories. In this concert, TSSO will cooperate with the famous Russian violinist, Ariadna Anchevskaya, to interpret many classic works, including "Tchaikovsky : Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture," "Sarasate : Zigeunerweisen Op. 20 for Violin and Orchestra," "Saint-Saens : Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra," "Sarasate : Carmen Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra," and "Rimsky-Korsakoff:Capriccio Espagnol Op.34." These classic works will bring you different experience and imagination of Spain and Russia. Please come and join us to enjoy the wonderful performance and celebrate a new year! For more information about this concert, please visit the website: Event: Capriccio Espagnol-New Year Concert 2019 (西班牙綺想—2019新年音樂會) Time: 19: 30, Sunday, January 13th, 2019 Venue: Tainan Cultural Center Performance Hall(臺南文化中心演藝廳) Ticket: 300/500/800/1200/1600/2000    

The First Cultural Facility in Taiwan Established in Response to Local Voices : A Trial Run of Taijiang Cultural Center in 2019

Taijiang Cultural Center is the first cultural center in Taiwan that functions as a performance hall, a library, and a community university at the same time. It is also the first cultural facility in Taiwan established in response to the call of local communities, educators, and temple committees through a bottom-up process. Yonghua Cultural Center Management Division of Cultural Affairs Bureau in Tainan is responsible for the operation of Taijiang Cultural Center. Because it was local organizations that assisted in the birth of the Center, culture localization will be Taijiang Cultural Center’s main target of operation in the future. The site of Taijiang Cultural Center is located at the crossroads of Anji Rd. and Anjhong Rd. in Annan District. The center, covering approx. 1.6 hectares, will have two steel-reinforced concrete (SRC) buildings – the theater building and the classroom building. The theater building will have 4 floors above ground and 1 floor under ground, with a professional multi-functional theater that can accommodate an audience of 400-600, along with a theater hall, exhibition space, professional rehearsal space and an outdoor stage for various kinds of performances. The theater building’s total floor area is 2,111 pings (ca. 75,116 ft²). On the other hand, the classroom building will have 3 floors above ground and 1 floor under ground, with 2 standard classrooms, 4 specialized classrooms, an NGO meeting room, office space, a light meal café, etc. The classroom building’s total floor area is ca. 279 pings (ca. 9,927 ft²). Also, a library will be built on the basement level, covering approx. 280 pings (ca. 9,963 ft²), with an audiovisual area, book collection area, and office space. The Center will be one of the few multi-functional cultural centers that help preserve nature, advocate education, and provide artistic space for exhibitions and performances all at the same time. In the future, we expects that more people in different villages of Taijiang can join in so that the Taijiang Cultural Center can further help the residents learn locally and better their life and communities with the power of knowledge and culture. Most of all, we have a schedule for trial run programs in the theater of Taijiang Cultural Center. Wish you join us. For further information about the programs, please visit the website at Event: A trial run of Taijiang Cultural Center Time: 2019/1-2019/3 Venue: the Theater in Taijiang Cultural Center Organizer: Cultural Affairs Bureau of Tainan City Government   Source: Yonghua Cultural Center Management Division, Chen Guang-Hua(陳冠樺) Tel: 06-2692864 ext.110 E-MAIL:  

Cloud Gate’s 45th Anniversary Gala Program

When you’re talking about Cloud Gate, magic is not too strong a word. ------------Time Out Founded in 1973, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan (雲門舞集) is one of the most important contemporary dance groups in Taiwan. Lin Hwai-min(林懷民), founder and Artistic Director of Cloud Gate, was named as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the World by Jaycees International in 1983, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Department of Culture of New York City in 1996. He was ever acclaimed by the New York Times as having “succeeded brilliantly in fusing dance techniques and theatrical concepts from the East and the West.” After leading Cloud Gate for 45 glorious years and making it one of the finest dance companies in the world, Lin Hwin-min announced to retire from the artistic directorship of Cloud Gate at the end of 2019. This season, Cloud Gate specially presents 45th Anniversary Gala Program, featuring a retrospective highlight of his classic works that had mesmerized audiences worldwide, such as "Portrait of the Families," "Moon Water," "Cursive," "Pine Smoke," "Rice," and so on. This program will be performed at the Tainan Cultural Center on Dec. 15 and 16. Enjoying the glamour of Cloud Gate’s dance and you will find a different arts experience.   Event: 45th Anniversary Gala Program (雲門45週年--林懷民舞作精選) Time: 19:30, Dec. 15 (Sat.) and 14:30, Dec. 16 (Sun.), 2018 Venue: Tainan Cultural Center Performance Hall(臺南文化中心演藝廳) Ticket: 300/600/900/1200/1600/2000
45th Anniversary Gala Program (雲門45週年--林懷民舞作精選)

Oid Building .Deep Feeling—Zhang Wan-xing’s Photography Exhibition

Time: 09:00 ~17:00, Sep 20 (Thu) to Oct.7 (Sun.), 2018 Venue: Gallery I, Gueiren Cultural Center (No.78, Xinyi S. Rd., Gueiren District, Tainan City) Lecture: 09:00~12:00, Sep. 29 (Sat), 2018 Subject: Old Building .Deep Feeling. Lecturer: Mr. Zhang Wan-xing(張萬興)   Seeking for the most natural ways in lives—All that readily available in nature are precious treasures.   Mr. Zhang Wan-xing, who lives in Bao-An Village of Rende District ("Bau-An" of "Yong-Bao-An-Kang(永保安康)" means "Peace and Health Forever", Tainan City, carries out his belief “The footprint in the sand shows where you have been” with his camera. He likes to travel through the country trails in his leisure time, and records his living details through photographing as a hobby.   Unlike many others, he sees the world with lens, excavates the diversities in lives; and learns from the stories those photographs which tell with his perceptive feelings. The exhibition “Old Building .Deep Feeling” just displays the most authentic historical events through Mr. Zhang’s camera. In order to pursue the real truth, kindness and beauty, Mr. Zhang Wan-xing learns to keep his mind opened. Also, he has received numerous awards and honors because he has shown both his positive attitude and contented mind in his works.