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June, 28, 2016

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Yunlin County set to host 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival
Yunlin County has been selected as the host of the 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival, one of the most important annual events during the Chinese New Year.
 
The "2016 Pingtung Rice-field Art and Living Festival" is taking place in Longshui Village, Hengchun Township on Friday, April 1, after the success of the Line-themed Pingtung Picturesque Rice-field Art Festival held in Nanzhou Township, Pingtung County, last year.
 
A "walk-in orchestra" display opened Monday at Chimei Museum in the southern city of Tainan, allowing visitors to get an up-close look at musicians during a performance.
 
Three world-renowned violinists -- Joshua Bell, Maxim Vengerov, and Gil Shaham -- will be performing in Taipei in the next few months, according to the Management of New Arts (MNA), which is promoting the shows.
 
Singer Jam Hsiao (蕭敬騰), who is in the midst of shooting a TV drama in southern Taiwan, was forced to take the rest of the day off after he was hurled from a motorcycle during an action scene in Kaohsiung Sunday.
 
U.S.-based Taiwanese dancer PeiJu Chien-Pott (簡珮如) from the Martha Graham Dance Company will leave the dance troupe to pursue her own career in the dance arena after taking part in a series of performances to mark the 90th anniversary of the troupe in April.
 
Ang Lee joins chorus upset by Oscars racism
Oscar-winning Taiwan-born director Ang Lee (李安) joined a number of Academy members of Asian descent to protest against racist jokes made during last month's Oscars ceremony.
 
NY hip-hop band joins
Visiting New York-based hip hop group Soul Inscribed on Thursday expressed excitement to be joining hands with local counterparts in their ongoing Taiwan tour, as part of the American Music Abroad program organized by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).
 
The New York-based hip hop band Soul Inscribed is scheduled to stage a series of concerts in Taiwan later this month, as part of the 2016 American Music Abroad program that promotes cultural exchanges between the United States and other countries, according to the organizers.
 
Two restaurants in Taiwan have been included on the 2016 Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list sponsored by Italian mineral water brand San Pellegrino.
 
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