Taiwan representative office in Provence commemorates its 1st anniversary | Taiwan News
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwanese Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the French region of Provence hosted a reception on Saturday, November 20 celebrating its first anniversary, in the presence of more than 100 guests.
The event took place in the largest and most famous of Aix-en-Provence’s art venues, the Hôtel de Caumont, which is currently exhibiting an exhibition of Venetian Renaissance art titled “Treasures of Venice ”.
Many officials from the south of France were invited, including the deputy mayor of Aix-en-Provence Jean-François Dubost, the honorary consul of Lithuania in Marseille Jacques Gobert and the former EU envoy to Taiwan Guy Ledoux.
TECO-Provence Director General Hsin Chi-chih (辛 繼 志) said that the creation of the office symbolizes the commitment of Taiwan and France to continue to strengthen bilateral cooperation, the common values of freedom and democracy, and their love for culture.
As to why he chose to collaborate with a museum, Hsin said TECO events don’t necessarily have to be limited to Taiwan-centric exhibitions. In a culturally rich country like France, it is necessary to break with tradition and be more open to novelty, he said.
In recent years, Taiwanese diplomatic missions have tried to integrate other cultures at events to promote the universal beauty of art and culture, he said. For example, TECO-Provence has cooperated with popular chocolate and pastry shops in the south of France to prepare a selection of delicious pastries and desserts for reception guests, according to CNA.