【市長的話 — 以藝術翻轉城市想像】
【 From the Mayor, Tainan City—— Overturn Our Imagination of the City with Arts】
In 2012, where Tainan Arts Festival held its first event, we made “Equal Right for Culture” and “Rooting for the Arts” our primary goals. This year, we are moving toward the eighth year, and we make a bigger step; we aspire to redefine the status and horizon of city arts festival. Each city is searching for its own path through arts festival, a pattern best fit local development and distinctive character expression. For Tainan, our rich cultural texture and depth is perfectly suitable for the particular expression we seek. Through curating art events, international collaboration, on-site production and outdoor performance, we mean to reach the largest audience possible, so that they trigger further historical, cultural as well as emotional connections, so as to allow conversations between history and art. It is our ambition and expectation for arts festival in the future to have a higher vision and a wider horizon to explore the possibility of Tainan’s culture, art, and imagination. It’s also for Tainan to be seen and attended through culture and art, as it’s for us to express Tainan’s characters and insights by way of arts festival.
This year we invite extraordinary artists from all over the world to come to Tainan as their site of artwork, where they create their brand new work in reflecting on the impulse of this city. We hope they participate in this city through performance art and see Tainan’s various faces. Thus, we employ “the Invisible City” as our theme of the year, and we invite you to join us. Together, we travel, explore and release the various layers of cultural landscape in the urban space of the entire Tainan City.
Tainan Arts Festival 2019 is a whole new beginning. We establish transnational connections with insightful perspectives and aim to make an example. “City arts festival” is deeply entwined with a city’s cultural texture; such an event has been ongoing in the international world for years with visible accomplishments, but it’s still underexplored in Taiwan. With the attempt of transformation in Tainan Arts Festival this year, we expect to present Tainan, Taiwan’s first capital, with its rich culture, as we also attend to avant-garde perspectives of the contemporary time. Tainan Arts Festival 2019 is an environmental theater to enter urban space; it’s also an art event with a contemporary eye to bring innovation to this old city. It is an art event of the city citizens, meant to expose public issues; it’s also an international art event that connects world cities. You find wonder like this only in Tainan. I, Huang Wei-che, the Mayor of Tainan, invite you to go out with me. Let’s travel this invisible city together.