Tainan arts festival to feature music, drama in April

Taipei, March 23 (CNA) The 2014 Tainan Arts Festival will kick off April 5 in the southern city, featuring a diverse lineup of performances by arts groups from Taiwan and abroad. The festival will include music, drama and dance shows performed by 59 groups from 11 countries, including Germany, Sweden, Egypt, Brazil and Japan, according to the Tainan City Cultural Affairs Bureau, organizer of the festival. Among the performers are Japanese musical director Joe Hisaishi with the Vienna State Opera Chorus, Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc (The Little Singers of Saint Marc) from France, Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) & MMDG Music Ensemble from the United States, and British a cappella vocal ensemble The King's Singers. Taipei Philharmonic Theater will also present its epic musical "Zeelandia- Return to Formosa" on May 24-25. The musical tells the story of a Dutch officer who travels to Taiwan in the 17th century in search of his father. Meanwhile, Taiwan's Evergreen Symphony Orchestra will perform memorable songs from Leonard Bernstein's American musical "West Side Story," while the film is shown on a big screen at Nanying Green Heart Park on April 12. The annual festival will continue at various locations across Tainan until June 20. (By Christie Chen)