2007 South East Asian Cultural Activities Series: Vietnam Cultural Festival (Vui Gap Nhau, Mung Ngay Quoc Khanh; 南洋文化系列活動----越誕,喜相逢) kicks off at Outdoor theater of 228 Memorial Park二二八和平公園 (No.3, Ketagalan Blvd., Zhongzheng District, Taipei City台北市凱達格蘭大道3號) from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. this Sunday (September 2). September 2 is Vietnamese Independence day. Following the military defeat of the Japanese Empire and the fall of its Empire of Vietnam colony in August 1945, Vietnamese nationalist and communist forces fought the newly restored Free French colonial administration, with the “Declaration of Independence - Democratic Republic of Vietnam” on 02 September 1945. Schedule is below: Thi Cam Hoa flower setting competition is at 10:30 a.m. Thi Xe Dap Cham slow bicycle race is at 11:20 a.m.. Nhay Day Rope skipping games is at 12:00 p.m. Khai Mac opening show is at 1:25 p.m. Hat’s Long Tri An singing show is at 1:40 p.m. Bieu Dien Thoi Trang’s Buc Hoa Dong Que Vietnamese dynamic fashion show is at 1:55 a.m. Quy Khach Phat Bieu is at 2 p.m. Uoc gi singing show is at 2:20 p.m. Hai Kich: Nhom Mua Minh Hai Performance Group presents their drama “Ken re”, a story about selecting son-in-law at 2:25 p.m. Nhom Mua dat Viet Vietnamese Ladies Dancing Group perform their traditional folk dances from Southern , Middle and Northern Vietnam Mua’s Dan Ca 3 Mien at 2:35 p.m. Boc Tham Trung Thurong Lucky Draw is at 2:45 p.m. Thi Ung Xu Quiz Show is at 3 p.m. Hat’s Hat Ve Cay Lua Hom Nay singing show is at 3:35 p.m. Kep Trai Cam Nhay Theo Vu Dao Games is at 3:50 a.m. Mua’s Hoi Gong Chieng Tay Nguyen Indigenous Dancing shows at 4 p.m. Thi Xe Dap Cham slow bicycle race is at 4:05 p.m. Nhom Hai Quoc Vuong perform short drama Hai Kich’s Cat toc Hair Cutting at 4:10 p.m. Nhom Mua dat Viet Vietnamese Ladies Dancing Group perform their Mua’s Nay Mua Harvest Day at 4:25 p.m.. Hat’ Mot Thoi Da Xa singing show is at 4:35 p.m. The closing singing Cung Nhau Hat Noi Vong Tay Lon and Tam Biet is at 4:50 p.m.
August 31 to December 20
Exquisite Beauty - Islamic Jades is on display at gallery 306 until December 20 at gallery 306 of the National Palace Museum國立故宮博物院 (No.221, Sec. 2, Zhishan Rd., Shilin District, Taipei City台北市士林區至善路二段221號; Tel: 02-2881-2021). Although Muslim cultures settled expansively in the past, areas where Islamic jades have been recovered are relatively few and far between. The Kunlun mountains in eastern Central Asia are the most significant source of nephrite jade; not only providing Chinese artisans with raw materials, but also those in the Timurid Empire in Central Asia (1370-1506), the Mughal Empire (1526-1857) in Southern Asia, the Ottoman Empire (1300-1923) in Western Asia, and even Eastern Europe as well. In the early 16th century, the Timurid Empire collapsed, and descendants of the imperial line moved south to India to establish a new empire. As the emperor was descended from the Mongols on his mother’s side, the empire was given the name “Mughal.” The Mughal Empire was powerful and prospered through the 17th century. Emperor Shah Jahan recruited artisans from Europe and Persia to serve at the Mughal court, successfully melding European, Chinese, Central Asian and Indian artistic styles. The combination of these influences resulted in the classical Mughal-style of jade carvings, defined by plant, fruit and flower ornamentation, using the hard and cold qualities of jade to give praise to the liveliness of the natural world. Details see web stie: www.npm.gov.tw/. Open: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays to Fridays; 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Admissions: NT$ 160.