The “Czech in Pingtung” festival starts on December 1st
Taipei, Nov 23 (CNA) A diverse range of activities celebrating Czech music, literature and cinema will be held in Pingtung the first week of December as part of the “2021 Czech in Pingtung” festival, the first major event to be held by a foreign institute in the county.
In cooperation with the Pingtung County government, the Czech Economic and Cultural Office will organize a “Czech in Pingtung” festival from December 1 to 5, sharing the arts and culture of the Czech Republic with the people of southern Taiwan.
According to the local government, the week will begin with a virtual academic workshop between officials from the Czech office and Taiwanese scientists from the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, followed by a meeting with students from the National University of Sciences and Pingtung Technologies on December 12. 2.
This will be followed by a free classical music concert to be hosted by Taipei Chamber Players at the Pingtung Performing Arts Center on December 3, featuring music from the operas of 19th-century pioneer Czech composer Bedřich Smetana.
On December 4, the Pingtung County Library will inaugurate its Czech Book Zone featuring works by renowned Czech writers including Milan Kundera and Franz Kafka.
The library will also host a same-day release event for “Hua Shu Chi (花束 集, bouquet), a Chinese translation of” Kytice “, a collection of ballads by Czech folklorist and poet Karel Jaromír Erben, which have been translated by Lin Shih-hui (林 蒔 慧), Sia Pei-lun (夏沛倫), Lu Chi-hung (呂齊弘) and Chen Yu-ju (陳 宥 汝).
That night, the 2020 Czech-language film “Charlatan”, loosely based on the life of Jan Mikolášek, a famous herbal healer from the turn of the 20th century who was later imprisoned by the Communist regime of Czechoslovakia, will be shown in an outdoor square in the library.
The Pingtung County government thanked the office for “bringing the Czech Republic to Pingtung” in a statement released on Monday, welcoming the decision to give local residents the opportunity to experience Czech culture without traveling abroad.
Despite the spread of COVID-19 reducing economic, business and travel activities around the world since the pandemic began in early 2020, the Pingtung County government has said that “beautiful things like arts and culture do not are not limited by time and space ”.
The idea of organizing a “Czech in Pingtung” week was inspired by the planned concert of the Taipei Chamber Players dedicated to Czech music.
In March, Patrick Rumlar, head of the Czech representative office in Taiwan, paid a visit to Pingtung, during which he was very impressed with the large facilities there, including the performing arts center, which houses Taiwan’s third largest organ, according to the statement.
Rumlar also praised the award-winning Pingtung Municipal Park, also known as HEITO 1909, a 20-hectare urban park carved out of the ruins of a former Taiwan sugar factory, and the VIP area, an urban district. rejuvenated in a former military village.
As a result, Rumlar was eager to return to Pingtung as soon as he learned of the December concert, the statement said, with the concert serving as a catalyst for the organization of the five-day “Czech in Pingtung” festival.
“Although we cannot fly overseas, Pingtung will not stop interactions with the international community,” Pingtung County Magistrate Pan Meng-an (潘孟安) said in the statement.