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Resonance of Beiguan Music Exhibition Kicks-off at HCEC
Co-organized by the Heritage and Culture Education Center of Taipei (HCEC), Laosong Elementary School, and Wanhua Community College, the “Resonance of Beiguan Music” exhibition will take place on the second floor of HCEC from today until April 2.Beiguan music is a form of traditional music that existed in Taiwanese society through Qing Dynasty, Japanese Colonial Era, and into the postwar period. Described as the “pop music” of agricultural society during Taiwan’s earlier eras, Beiguan music exists in the forms of theatric-style “Luantanxi” and enthusiast performance groups known as “Zidi Xuanshe.”For Bangka area, Beiguan Music is best known with its association with the religious processing involving Bangka Qingshan Temple’s Qingshan King. The members of the Beiguan music group “Bangka Yianshe” serve as one of the heralds of the procession. The exhibition will recount the history of the group and showcase precious footages and artifacts from the early years, allowing visitors to learn more about the relations between the group and Qingshan Temple.According to HCEC, the Bangka Yianshe was founded in 1921. Approaching its centennial, the group hopes to raise community awareness on the traditional music form, as well as interest among kids and adults to learn Beiguan music. HCEC encourages visitors to pick up the instruments and enjoy hands-on experience with the music of the forefathers.In addition to the instruments, another item on display which will likely attract public attention is the giant flag boasting the design comprising nine gold dragons. There are also two hand-made “Golden Dragon Triangular Flags” on display which date back to the 1960s. These flags announce the presence of Yianshe to the spectators during the processions. Several lanterns – with the group’s name written on the surface and carried at the front of the procession – are also showcased at the venue.On Saturday, March 18, there will be a “Traditional Heavy Metal” music appreciation event between 2 pm and 3 pm and a guided tour of the neighborhood between 10:30 AM and noon.