Three Taiwanese bands -- ChthoniC, Lim Giong, and the Hohak Band - will be perform at the 41st annual MIDEM trade fair, marking the first time acts from the territory have played at the Cannes, France event.

"This is a very important step for local Taiwanese music to expand international presence," says William Yih, deputy minister of Taiwan's Government Information Office, which organized the event.

The three bands all have won Golden Melody Awards, the Taiwanese record industry's highest accolade, and will perform on the evening of Jan. 22 at the Palais des Festivals.

Founded in 1995, ChthoniC is a "symphonic black-metal band" that was featured in a "bands To watch" column in Revolver magazine's December issue. The act plans to play songs from its "Seediqbale" album, which was inspired by the Wushe incident, in which Taiwan's indigenous Seediq tribe fought against the Japanese colonial regime in 1930.

With the theme of "praying for peace," Lim Giong hopes to convey a sense of "spiritual tranquility," while the Hohak Band will demonstrate how Hakka folk songs and Taiwanese pop music can be successfully blended together.

MIDEM runs from Jan. 21-24.