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Street Entertainers in Taipei

Street Artists CarnivalStreet art has been a part of the scene in the Chinese world and elsewhere since ancient times. Artistic activities were not limited to certain places in a city. In promoting the legalization of street performances, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government is in fact only lifting restrictions imposed on public space by the government and returning it to the public. The department is working to re-create cultural life and free the artistic environment, in the hope that art will come down from its ivory tower and reawaken the public's natural desire for art.

The regulation regarding street entertainers officially took effect on April 27, 2005. The regulation stipulates that any street performance groups and individual entertainers who are granted a license can perform their art in the capital city, including areas inside the mass rapid transit system and in public parks.

Each year the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government will hold one license test for street entertainers in May, and the application will be accepted in April. According to the department, so far a total of nearly 1500 street performance groups and individual entertainers have been granted the qualification certificates. These talented street entertainers include artists who do portraits for people, musicians who sing and/or play instruments, acrobats, jugglers and living statues, magicians and street dancers, candy boilers, rice dough figure makers, balloon artists and others.

Currently Taipei has 26 open locations, including spaces in the underground Taipei City Mall; the Taipei Rapid Transit System; Zhongshan Hall; Taipei Municipal Social Education Hall; the Taipei Fine Arts Museum; the Taipei Water Park; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; the Children's Transportation Museum; and the Taipei Children's Recreation Center etc..

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  • Provisions for the Licensing of Arts Activities Provisions for the Licensing of Arts Activities , PDFDownload, opened with new window.
  • Key Points for the Implementation of Arts Key Points for the Implementation of Arts , PDFDownload, opened with new window.
  • Inspection Criteria for Street Performances in Inspection Criteria for Street Performances in , PDFDownload, opened with new window.
  • Provisions for the Provisions for the Licensing Provisions for the Provisions for the Licensing , PDFDownload, opened with new window.
  • Taipei City Street Artist inspection and Taipei City Street Artist inspection and , PDFDownload, opened with new window.
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  • Updated: 2015/11/11 10:48
  • Reviewed: 2015/11/11 10:48

  • Source: The Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs
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