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Children's Arts Festival

Taipei Children’s Arts Festival

The Taipei Children’s Arts Festival was first launched in 2000. Since then, the annual festival that regularly held on summer vacation has been widely popular among families and children in Taipei.

Each year, the festival features an average of 50 free-entry theatrical works, arts exhibitions and workshops with an average of 200,000 participants annually.

Its popularity has made the festival a must-visit for families with children at greater Taipei area.

To further promote long-term development of performing arts in Taipei, the festival has been organized by the Taipei Culture Foundation since 2007.

Each year, the festival has introduced local and international high quality performances for the benefit of Taipei children.

The high quality exhibitions and performances have proven extremely popular among locals. Taipei Children's Art Festival passports that allow its holders access to all festival shows sell like a hot cake each year. All the tickets are also highly popular. The workshops have attracted visitors from outside Taipei and even from southern Taiwan.

Its long time popularity has shown that Taipei Children’s Arts Festival is here to stay and a strong force that has successfully integrated aesthetics into daily live.


Website: http://www.taipeicaf.org/Index.aspx(in Chinese version).

 

2018 Taipei Children's Arts Festival

“Everyone has a small universe in their brains.” Children today are no strangers to digital, virtual, and mechanical stuff. As aesthetic experiences in the theaters combine with science and technology, children’s imagination tends to create unexpected interpretation and meaning different from those of adults.
 
Themed “Real / Virtual - Betwixt & Between,” This year’s Taipei Children’s Arts Festival invited 23 art performance groups from Taiwan and overseas to produce more than 100 performances. These artists combined performing arts and technology to inspire children’s creation and perception of beauty.
 
“Screen Man” (銀幕之人) was a story about growth and dreams between the digital and real worlds. “A O Show” (城鄉河粉) combines traditional juggling and French circus to present the beauty of Vietnam’s history. In “Gulliver’s Dream” (格列佛的夢), performed by automated marionettes, you go on a journey to the future of the universe after starting a device. “Buchettino” (拇指小英雄), a classic program known to many children will continue to entertain them this year.
 
Taiwan’s performing groups gave a variety of performances in the form of workshops, Peking opera, percussion, and drama. Their performances included “The Fantastic Cardboardland” (紙箱的異想世界), “The Gods of Moral and Immoral Fortune” (財神兄弟), “Party in Percussion: for the Animals” (擊樂精靈開Party!), and “Momotaro’s Twin Brother Momochiro” (桃太郎的淘汰郎).
 
The first-ever planned series of mini shows will deliver a new viewing experience. They are “L’oníric món de DINS” (秘密心), which uses floating projection technology; “La Caravane de l’horreur” (恐怖露營車), which instills a collective eerie atmosphere; and “Carmen” (卡門), which condenses a big opera in a little box. These shows convey the magic power of “small but intimate or large but exquisite” theaters.
 
In addition to the wonderful performances, the Catalonia-based street art company “Katakrak” (鏗鏗鏘鏘工作室) came to Taiwan once again in 2018 after receiving great acclaim during the 2014 Taipei Children’s Arts Festival. In their interactive installation titled “Enginys Eko.poètiks” (能源詩集), artists used recycled waste to create a combination of devices that required children to think about and discover touchdown methods. They also played games with children to create a poem about environmentally friendly energy.
 
For the past 19 years, the Taipei Children’s Arts Festival has been trying to create a children’s arts festival beyond people’s imagination. This year, children and adults were invited to develop a small universe in their brains and join the artists in the creation of unlimited imagination!