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Watch Don't Sleep in Yancheng festival online from May 29

2021-05-28

Since 2018, National Sun Yat-sen University has been holding the Don’t Sleep in Yancheng festival in the streets of Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City, annually at the end of May. This year’s edition will be the fourth; the original plan was to organize a large-scale event, with two markets, and cooperate with Lite-On Technology Co., M.ZONE, artists, and also, with Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung on limited-edition food. However, the curatorial team had to cancel all on-site events adhering to the government's epidemic-prevention policy following the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, switch to live broadcasting on the festival’s fan page, and rearrange the program using Google Meet. The curatorial team said that now, during the epidemic-prevention period, the public can participate in the annual event from home.

Assistant Professor Shih-Hsiang Sung of the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies at NSYSU pointed out that from May 29 (Saturday) to June 5 (Saturday) at 7:30 p.m., the Facebook fan page of Don’t Sleep in Yancheng will broadcast its program touching upon various topics and that this year’s leading theme is “Let's Dream Together”, encouraging the participants to regain the courage to “fly high in the sky” and pursue their dreams. He emphasized that the features of this year’s festival are: installation art, performance art, a guided tour, and a market. The curatorial team invited three artists: Hui-Ying Tsai, Yi-Hsien Peng, Yung-Han Ruan to talk about realizing dreams and to bring art and the audience closer.

Professor Sung explained that in the past, people from different places would come to Yancheng District to pursue their “Kaohsiung dream” and hence the wording of this year’s theme – “Let's Dream Together”. Facing the sudden change in the epidemic situation, the students hope that their carefully planned online conference will accompany all local residents and show them the marvelous side of Yancheng.

What is more, the "Summer Night Drinks x Yancheng in the 1950s” program invited Ah Le – the owner of three bars in Yancheng and Cheng-Chang Shen – a local historian and doctor in Yancheng, to talk about different perspectives on Yancheng. The founder of Holycow, a food truck in Kaohsiung selling hand-made hamburgers, and the founder of Furao, an artwork vendor, will talk about the hardships of starting one’s own brand during “Dreaming and Chatting at the Market”. The faculty and students of NSYSU did not retreat when faced with the unstable epidemic situation, but instead, turned the crisis into an opportunity, and presented 2021 Don’t Sleep in Yancheng festival in a completely new way.

This year's event also included cooperation with Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung, which launched a limited-edition dish for the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival – seafood rice dumplings. For online orders, please contact the Hotel.

The Don’t Sleep in Yancheng festival is organized by NSYSU USR Project: The City as a Commuseum – Socially Embedded Community Engagement, the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Humanity Innovation and Social Practice (HISP) Project’s Bay Shore Placemaking: Memory Representation and Innovative Transformation of the Transient Communities of Kaohsiung, with the artistic support of Radiant Education Foundation. Through this annual event, the organizers hope to combine the University's innovation capacity with Yancheng's old history and culture, create a new image of Yancheng by cooperating with local residents, and return the district’s former role as a trend-setter.
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