Deluge of Boundless Novelty – 2024 Weiwuying International Music Festival
The Weiwuying International Music Festival, a major annual contemporary music event, is slated for its third edition, treating Taiwan’s music lovers to local and overseas world-class performers from all over the globe through the formats of concerts, forums, and videos. This year, several works by 80-year-old Hungarian composer Péter EÖTVÖS will be a focal point.
STRAVINSKY Would Post an Instagram Story If He Saw - Firebird and Rite of Spring
When it comes to STRAVINSKY, most people think of Rite of Spring. It is said that at the 1913 premiere, the audience was first amazed, then enraged, protesting quite raucously. The piece was viewed as too weird with its dissonant music and odd form of ballet. The audience was genuinely offended.
Weiwuying Showtime Series: Improv with Manzai Bonbon
Manzai is a form of comedy from Japan. Manzai Bonbon (part of the Japanese entertainment conglomerate Yoshimoto Kogyo), is a duo of MIKI and OOTA that has been in Taiwan for ten years. They write side-splitting jokes based on the differences in language and culture they come across in everyday life. For their tenth anniversary in Taiwan, they are set to present an all-new show at the Weiwuying Showtime series that is sure to make you laugh your manzai off!
2023 FACP Annual Conference in Kaohsiung at "Everyone's" Weiwuying
From November 23 to 26, 2023, Weiwuying and the Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP) put on the 2023 Annual Conference of the FACP in Kaohsiung, whose theme was "Next Stage, Green Generation – Sustainability in Culture and Performing Arts," discussing how to make the performing arts sustainable and recent developments. A new aspect of the event was Pitch for New Aspects, for which submissions from young artists around the world were recruited with the incentive of prize money.
How Behind-the-scenes Work on Benshi Pulls on the Heart
A freelance editor, writer who has worked in the art/culture and design sectors for years, she has held positions in design and lifestyle media firms and currently writes for publications and press releases, telling unforgettable stories about people and life through text.
Extraordinary Magnetism of a Star Vocalist: Joyce DIDONATO and Her - Eden
In late 2009, a number of British and American classical music magazines and critics chose mezzo-soprano Joyce DIDONATO as their person of the year. As a result, many Taiwanese music lovers wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I, however, was not surprised at all, because I had been lucky enough to witness the reason that July, when she played the female lead in the London Royal Opera House's production of ROSSINI's The Barber of Seville. After singing the famous aria “Una voce poco fa” on the night of the premiere, she slipped and fractured her ankle. Who would have thought she would actually "break a leg" during the show!
2023 Annual Conference of the FACP in Kaohsiung – You're Not Alone on the Path to Sustainability
From November 23 to 26, 2023, Weiwuying and the Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP) put on the 2023 Annual Conference of the FACP in Kaohsiung, whose theme was "Next Stage, Green Generation – Sustainability in Culture and Performing Arts," discussing how to make the performing arts sustainable. Alison TICKELL, who is full of experience in related advocacy and practice as founder and CEO of the British organization Julie's Bicycle, kicked things off during an online discussion with views of the globe from a distance to remind us what a beautiful place this world is.
Arts Talk | Lecture sidenotes for November and December
As 2023 draws to a close, industries are gradually revitalizing. The "technology" that was massively discussed, applied, and grew at the speed of light during the pandemic, is now blossoming post-pandemic. Arts Talk has invited FENG Chien-chang, the creative director at FREE’S who has extensive experience in pop music concert production and straddles both traditional fine arts and new media arts, as well as LIN Yi-chun, the director of the Tsinghua University AI orchestra. The former discussed "The Integration of New Media and Art," speaking about his 20 years of experience transitioning from manual to digital creation and creativity, while the latter shared her practical experience since 2019 in AI research, applying artificial intelligence to music composition and event planning. The speakers' personal experiences are a testament to the extraordinary levels of creativity and artistic milestones that have been catalyzed by technological advancements.