Back in the Japanese Occupation, when modernization in Taiwan started to speed up, the area surrounding the former Chiayi Railway Station was richly endowed with coal, regarded by the locals as “Black Gold”. The coal mining business opened a period of prosperity in and around the area, stimulating economic development as well as advancing local cultural building.
Today the retired Chiayi Railway Station has been renovated into an art venue, Art Village of Chia-Yi Railway Ware House (嘉義鐵道藝術村). It holds various exhibitions by local galleries to promote the local art scene.
Black Gold Art Festival (黑金段藝術節) is a celebration of art events such as contemporary installation art exhibitions, traditional Chinese orchestra performances, and hands-on workshops for body painting and railwayscape sketches.
Photo courtesy of Art Site of Chia-Yi Railway Ware House (嘉義鐵道藝術村).