The first Taiwan NOW arts festival event opens in Tokyo

Tokyo, October 3 (CNA) An exhibition featuring products and artwork designed by Taiwan has opened in Tokyo, kicking off the month-long Taiwan NOW Arts Festival.

The arts festival is scheduled to run from October 2 to December 25, with events in Tokyo, Kaohsiung and online. It presents a wide range of artistic projects, such as short film screenings, performance art pieces and concerts.

Notably, there are several collaborations between Taiwanese and Japanese artists, including a large-scale art installation in the atrium of the Kitte Marunouchi mall in Tokyo, and a Taiwanese opera performance at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, also known as the name of Weiwuying, in December.

The first event of the festival is an exhibition titled “Fictional Garden: TAIWAN HOUSE”, which features products and artwork created by eight Taiwanese design teams using sustainable materials.

Taiwan’s representative in Japan, Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), told CNA after visiting the exhibit on Sunday that he felt the pieces on display reflected the ingenuity of the designers and conveyed the essence of Taiwan.

Tomoharu Inoue, president of Culture Vision Japan, one of the co-organizers of the Taiwan NOW festival, also visited the exhibition on Sunday, as did Hiroyuki Fukano, president and CEO of the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, another organization that has helped create the festival.

Inoue said he finds the works of art and products colorful and aesthetic, adding that he hopes artists from Taiwan and Japan can continue to exchange and collaborate more in the future.

Meanwhile, Fukano said the sustainability-focused and environmentally-friendly designs could give people a sense of hope in the COVID-19 era.

Taiwan NOW was jointly organized by the Cultural Taiwan Foundation and Culture Vision Japan, and supervised by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture. It was originally scheduled to take place last year just before the Tokyo Olympics, but has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(By Yang Ming-chu and Chiang Yi-ching)

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