An art event will open in Taipei on October 1
The seventh edition of White Night will be held in Taipei’s Shilin District (士林) on Oct. 1, with special emphasis on immersive live performances, said Lin Kun-ying (林昆穎), the artistic director of the event, at a news conference Thursday.
The theme of the all-night event is “Welcome to the Grand Shilin Theater” and is about transforming the neighborhood into a “grand theater”, with live and immersive performances, Lin said.
Lin, who is in office for the third consecutive year, said he was inspired by Broadway in New York, where people attend theater performances or other cultural events, enjoy food and drink and are shopping.
The 12-hour event, which is due to begin at 6 p.m., includes four venues or areas, including the Taipei Performing Arts Center and the adjacent Shilin Night Market.
The other two sites are the Shilin Official Residence and the Taipei Science and Art Park, which includes the National Taiwan Science Education Center and the Taipei Astronomical Museum.
Nuit Blanche, an annual event initiated in Paris in 2001, has focused more on visual installations than other forms of artistic expression since its introduction in Taipei in 2016, Lin said.
However, Lin, who is also one of the founders of Taipei-based art collective LuxuryLogico, said the “guerrilla-style performances” – in which audiences are invited to interact with artists and become part of the art – would take center stage this year. .
Forty-two individuals or groups would put on 66 performances, including theatrical performances, swing and other dance performances, juggling and music performances, he said.
Twenty art installations are to be scattered across the four venues, including a large light show titled On Blank Page, created by Luzinterruptus, an anonymous Spanish collective, said the Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs, the main organizer of the event.
People are invited to contribute to the Spanish work by leaving messages about their memories and feelings which would be projected onto the work, the department said.
Art installations also include Urban Safari, a map projection of the works of French artist Julien Nonnon that will illuminate buildings with images of about 20 endangered species in Taiwan, the department said.
French office in Taipei Director Jean-François Casabonne-
Masonnave said he was happy that Nuit Blanche was returning to Taipei in a physical format this year.
Last year’s edition was held virtually due to COVID-19 concerns.
The annual event in Taipei, supported by his office since its inception, has become the most important cultural collaboration between Taiwan and France, Casabonne-Masonnave said.
The ministry said people wishing to attend Nuit Blanche must adhere to the government’s COVID-19 prevention protocols, including wearing a mask at all times.
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