175 cultural venues around Taiwan to allow free entry Wednesday

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Taipei, Oct. 16 (CNA) In celebration of Oct. 17 Taiwan Culture Day, 175 museums and cultural venues around Taiwan, including the National Palace Museum, will allow visitors free admission on that day, the Ministry of Culture (MOC) said Tuesday.

In addition, local governments have organized arts and cultural activities in which people are welcome to participate to "appreciate from experience the vitality of Taiwan culture," the ministry said in a statement.

In 2001, then-President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) designated Oct. 17 as Taiwan Culture Day, partly to commemorate a cultural movement in the 1920s led by the Taiwanese Cultural Association, an organization established by a group of young Taiwanese people Oct. 17, 1921 with the goal of building and promoting Taiwanese culture.

Activities marking Taiwan Culture Day dropped off during the period from 2008 to 2016 when Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was president. It was not until 2016 that the event was revived, thanks to efforts by Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君), who vowed to promote Taiwan Culture Day into a national event.

Since 2016, the MOC has organized various art and cultural activities under different themes to mark the Oct. 17 Taiwan Culture Day, an event the ministry said was aimed at recognizing the association's achievements in making culture the main strength that has continuously pushed Taiwan forward.

This year, the theme is "Telling Stories of Taiwan," according to the MOC.

Cheng said in the statement that through telling stories of Taiwan, the country will show the definition of Taiwanese people in the history of the world in the 21st century. At an event held last year to mark Taiwan Culture Day she touted the cultural movement driven by the Taiwanese Cultural Association as "the first cultural enlightenment movement to originate in Taiwan."

The movement, she said, helped ground Taiwanese in their own culture and made them realize that they were in charge of their own lives during the period of Japanese colonization.

Founding members of the association included Chiang Wei-shui (蔣渭水), Lin Hsien-tang (林獻堂) and Tsai Pei-huo (蔡培火), important figures in Taiwan's resistance movement against Japanese rule.

Detailed information of the 2018 Taiwan Culture Day activities is available in Chinese at http://1017cul.moc.gov.tw.

(By Zoe Wei and Elizabeth Hsu)
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