1990

1990 TAIWANfest History

History 1990 A local Taiwanese Canadian music/cultural enthusiast, Cecilia Chueh of Vancouver Formosa Academy, started “Music Night of Taiwanese Composers” aimed at introducing works of Taiwanese composers to the Canadian general public in order to promote mutual understanding between Canada and Taiwan in the field of music. With the famous composer Mr. Tyzen Hsiao as … Read more

1991

1991 TAIWANfest History

History 1991 Vancouver Formosa Academy again organized the Piano Music Festival of Taiwanese Composers at Vancouver Playhouse. The event further introduced Taiwanese composers’ works to the Canadian music community and different ethnic groups in Canada in order to promote mutual understanding by means of the universal language, music. In the same year, Taiwanese Canadian Cultural … Read more

1992

1992 TAIWANfest History

History 1992 Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Society joined Vancouver Formosa Academy to present this annual music event, the Chamber Music of Taiwanese Composers. The number of participating Canadian musicians and audiences increased year after year, and the foundation of this music and cultural exchange was thus firmly set.

1993

1993 TAIWANfest History

History 1993 The name of this event was officially changed to “Music Festival of Taiwanese Composers,” and the scale of the event was expanded to include members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Professor Tsang-Houei Hsu also gave a speech, “Music in Taiwan: Its Tradition and Transformation,” at University of British Columbia.

1994

1994 TAIWANfest History

History 1994 In order to introduce more Taiwanese culture to the Canadian public, a simple music performance was developed to a festival of various kinds of cultural and art activities. Held in Hotel Vancouver, this year’s programs included photo exhibits, lectures, cultural seminars, and three fantastic concerts: Concert of the Teachers’ Chorus of Taipei City, … Read more

1995

1995 TAIWANfest History

History 1995 In order to more accurately reflect what was intended, the festival was renamed to “Taiwanese Cultural Festival.” With its focus on Taiwanese aboriginal culture, the programs included A Music Tribute to Lu Chuan-Sheng, Video Presentations, Cultural Seminars, and the 1995 Music Festival of Taiwanese Composers. The famous Taiwanese composer Tai-Hsiang Lee was the … Read more

1996

1996 TAIWANfest History

History 1996 The entire Vancouver Symphony Orchestra joined the well-known Taiwanese violinist Cho-Liang Lin, and flutist Chen Chung-Sheng in Orpheum Theatre to present two concerts, “Salutes to Taiwan,” both of which ended with a bang. At the same time, the Exhibit of the Taiwanese Delicateness, A Talk on Taiwanese Folk Songs, and Taiwanese Folk Songs … Read more

1997

1997 TAIWANfest History

History 1997 The 1997 Taiwanese Cultural Festival was designated as part of the official program of Canada’s Year of Asia Pacific. The Lan-Yang Taiwanese Opera and the Yin Qi Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Gordon Chin overwhelmed the Taiwanese community and other ethnic groups. Together with an exhibition of Taiwanese Canadian Artists, and Taiwanese … Read more

1998

1998 TAIWANfest History

History 1998 Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Society alone organized the festival, in which Hakka culture was introduced to the Canadian public for the first time in order to show that Taiwan indeed is also a multicultural society. Other programs included exhibitions of pottery art from Ying-Ko, Taiwan, which generated lots of enthusiasm. Later that year, the … Read more

1999

1999 TAIWANfest History

History 1999 The diversity of Taiwanese culture could be perceived by the various programs of this year’s festival. The Taiwanese Tea Ceremony, Vegetable & Fruit Carving, Taiwanese Aboriginal Folk Arts, Photographic Arts by Dr. C.H. Lin, and an Exhibition by North America Taiwanese Women’s Association again attracted crowds of people gathering at Robson Square. The … Read more