Local governments and groups should cooperate with the central government to plan the setting up of new fixed performance venues within half a year, Council for Cultural Affairs Minister Emile Sheng said yesterday.
The CCA will cooperate with the local governments and private groups to develop the business of culture and creativity, Sheng told a meeting of officials in Kaohsiung.
Culture and tourism
Cooperation between the cultural and the tourism sectors would allow the tourists to do more than stroll through night markets during their stay in Taiwan, Sheng said.
He mentioned the staging of theater plays at fixed times for tourists which could be included in tour operators' travel itineraries.
The minister singled out the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China in 2011 as an excellent and unique opportunity to promote the nation's cultural strengths to both domestic and foreign tourists.
Local governments should propose special programs of their own to add a local flavor to the anniversary celebrations to move members of the public, Sheng said.
Under the existing Formosa Culture and Arts Festival series, too many local activities lacked cohesiveness.
The central government paid subsidies to its local counterparts for projects submitted by the latter, but the events did not have a special flavor, Sheng said.
In the future, the series would be converted into a Taiwan Arts Festival which could attract the participation of Asian tourists and combine tourism with the arts, he said.
The project was one of the topics under discussion at a meeting of the CCA with museums and other bodies under its jurisdiction as well as with cultural officials from county and city governments.