GEORGE TOWN: Penang will have the honour of hosting the first Taiwanese arts and culture event held outside Taiwan this weekend, as part of its “Art Truck Shows 2017” programme.
It will be held at two separate locations — City Hall in George Town tomorrow (Friday) and Juru AutoCity on Saturday.
Both events will be held from 7.30pm to 10pm. Entrance is free.
The Art Truck has held more than 130 performances across 105 towns and villages across Taiwan. It has been attended by more than 170,000 people.
In Penang, the same performers will be in town.
The Chio-Tian Folk Drums and Art Troupe will mesmerise audiences with their drum performance and puppetry.
The Yen Yung-Neng and Takao Run Troupe will showcase the best of Taiwanese opera and folk songs.
Award-winning singers Enno Cheng and Ming-Yo Hsieh will also grace the events with their unique brand of music.
The event is organised by The General Association of Chinese Culture or GACC.
GACC vice-president Chiang Chun-Nan said it was in town to learn from Penang on its experience in hosting international fests, such as the George Town Festival.
“Penang is the first step for the Art Truck overseas. We feel Penang is very multicultural and shares a lot of traits with Taiwan.
“Being here is a good cultural exchange between us. We are very pleased to be here.
“We envy Penang for having a multitude of cultural festivals here. We want to replicate this in Taiwan as well.
“This Art Truck show presents to all Malaysians a glimpse of Taiwan’s diverse and vibrant culture,” Chiang said during a press conference at Komtar with Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Besides Chiang, GACC’s secretary-general Lin Jin Chang; his deputies Chang Tieh Chih and Lee Hou Ching; and Taipei Economic and Cultural officer in Malaysia James Chang Chi-Ping were also present.
The GACC was founded in 1967 to promote the restoration of Chinese culture, enhance cultural communication and cooperation, and promote the cultural industry.
The association has always been headed by either an incumbent Taiwan leader or someone endorsed by the Taiwan leader.