By Nora Chang
Kaohsiung City, Sep. 14 － Taiwan online media NOWnews (今日新聞) held its three-day company trip in Kenting (墾丁) and attended two art and cultural talks at Taiwan ARTCCI (台灣藝術公司) in Kaohsiung for Taiwan’s art and culture promotion.
The first speaker is the adviser of Executive Yuan, director of Taiwan National Exhibition Committee for Arts (台灣藝術研究院), and ARTCCI chairman Lin Fu-Nan (林富男).
During the talk, he stated that Taiwan’s art market has four main issues, including no support for local arts from business and corporations, small first and second hand market, high auction tax, and artists’ constant waiting for the right collector.
To solve the problem, Lin urged that the government should lower the tax for auction for business to collect art works and Taiwan’s art market should cooperate with online media for promotion, circular economy and trade facilitation, so as to strengthen Taiwan’s soft and national power through culture influences. He especially mentioned the cooperation between ARTCCI and NOWnews for promotion and mutual benefits.
Chen Chi-Mai (陳其邁), DPP candidate for Kaohsiung Mayor, also came to support and joined this event by talking about Kaohsiung’s tourism and recommending secret spots of the city, such as Fo Guang Shan (佛光山), Songjiang Battle Array events (宋江陣), and Cijin Seaside Park (旗津) for a weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of Taipei.
“Kaohsiung used to be thought of as a culture desert, while now we already made obvious progression. We have the Pier-2 Art Center, Weiwuying National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (衛武營國家藝術文化中心), and on-going cultural and creative industrial events,” said Chen.