TSMC Foundation Launches 2013 Hsin-Chu Arts Festival

Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. – April 9, 2013 – The TSMC Education and Culture Foundation today opened the 2013 Hsin-Chu Arts Festival, with performances by 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition first prize winner Yulianna Avdeeva and traditional music by Taiwan’s Gang-a Tsui Theater at the opening news conference setting the stage for three months of music, theater and lectures in Hsinchu, Taichung, and Tainan.

“The TSMC Foundation has held the Hsin-Chu Arts Festival every year since 2003, using the resources of our company to hold a major annual event to enrich our communities with arts and culture,” said TSMC Foundation Chairman F.C. Tseng. “We are grateful for the support of the Hsinchu, Taichung, and Tainan governments over the years, as well as for the enthusiastic participation of artists from Taiwan and around the world. The TSMC Foundation hopes to link these three places together through the arts, and also hopes that our support for the arts can attract more resources to make Taiwan’s arts scene even more vibrant.” The Hsin-Chu Arts Festival features four major themes: classical music, traditional theater and music, children’s art education, and community-building. In classical music, the Festival features performances by Ms. Avdeeva, violinist Charlie Siem, and a “Piano Battle” between Paul Cibis and Andreas Kern in which audiences will vote on a winner. In addition, mezzo-soprano Ms. Stella Doufexis and Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra will a set of works with on the theme of the ocean.

In traditional theater, the Gang-a Tsui Theater will perform classics of liyuan opera, and the Taiwan Kunqu Opera Theater will collaborate with counterparts from Zhejiang, China to perform the story of legendary beauty Xi Shi. The Guo Guang Opera Company will also perform the classic “The Orphan of Zhao”, the first Chinese play to be translated into a European language.

To promote children’s art education, the Festival has invited Hsinchu’s Cornychicken Theater and the Tainan International Children’s Film Festival to tour 15 elementary schools across Taiwan, while the Taiyuan Puppet Theater Company will perform the environmental tale “the Sea, the Shark, and the Boy”.

Finally, to connect the arts with the communities where TSMC operates, the Festival has organized the “Literature Express”, inviting National Dong Hua University Professor John Sheng Kuo to guide members of the public through a tour of notable literary sites in Taiwan together with well-known writers.

The Festival will run from April 9 to July 20, with over 30 performances. For additional information on performance schedules and ticketing, please see the Hsin-Chu Arts Festival website at http://www.tsmc-foundation.org/art-festival