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Czeching Pingtung – Czech Festival in the South of Taiwan

A series of university/scientific and cultural events and a number of promotional activities of CzechTourism took place between 1 and 5 December 2021 in Pingtung County in the South of Taiwan. The festival was organized by CECO in cooperation with the Pingtung County Government.

The festival will be echoed by an art exhibition Layers of the Czech artist Tomas Rizek, which will open on the last day of the year and run all the way till 16 February 2022 at Pingtung Art Museum. Everybody invited!

Czeching Pingtung! offered scientific webinars, university talks and meetings, official reception, seminars to promote Czechia as a tourist destination, Czech Classics Concert for 1000 guests, launch of a permanent Czech literature section at the Pingtung County Library, the introduction of a new translation of the famous book Bouquet (Kytice) and two evening screenings of the movie Charlatan. The concert in front of the renowned Pingtung Concert Hall full house was performed by Taipei Chamber Players – a brass orchestra specializing in interpreting Czech classical masterpieces. Melissa Lin, Pei-lun Sia and the collective of authors – students and alumni of the Czech program at the NCCU – created the historically first translation into Chinese of the collection of balladic poems Bouquet by K. J. Erben. The translators together with the publisher from Mi:Lu Publishing Tomas Rizek introduced the book. The official reception was held in the HEITO 1909 park – an architectonically praised venue by the experts – which had been transformed from the then sugar factory.


CzechTourism co-organized three seminars in various cities around the county, which introduced the Czech Republic as a tourist destination, including the so called congress and conference tourism – MICE. Besides these promotional and cultural events reaching far to the local people of the county, we consider the successful connecting of Czech and Taiwanese scientists and researchers as being of special importance. The online workshop at the Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium with Czech professionals from Czech Academy of Sciences, Masaryk University and Czech University of Life Sciences opened new possibilities for cooperation in marine microplatics issues and corals breeding. Another scientific workshop focused on agriculture, nanotechnologies and bioinformatics (National Pingtung University of Science and Technology and National Pingtung University; Czech Academy of Sciences, University of Pardubice and University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice).