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Taipei Arts Festival

Taipei Arts Festival

Taipei Arts Festival is one of the city government’s most important cultural-related policies. The festival is co-organized by Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Taipei Culture Foundation to encourage young artists to exercise their creativity and talents.

It also serves as a platform for sharing resources and enhancing collaboration among artists and artistic groups.
First launched in 1999, the annual festival has regularly provided unique experience to citizens with a variety of artistic performances and exhibitions, bringing them great memories.

In 2008, Taipei Arts Festival had a brand new start, revamping itself under the themes of creativity and variety. Under the new slogan “Bravo Only,” the festival has introduced local and international shows to Taipei, highlighting the festival’s modernity and creativity.

Now the Taipei Arts Festival is not only a highly-anticipated annual art fest but also an important platform to cultivate new talents and bring new energy to local cultural creative industry.

It is a well-known brand both in Taiwan and in the global stage where arts community is eager to participate year after year.

The annual event also boosted Taipei’s tourism business and put the city under international spotlight.

Website: http://eng.taipeifestival.org.tw/(in Chinese version).

 

 

2018 Taipei Arts Festival

In the 20th Taipei Arts Festival in 2018, Singapore-based Tang Fu-kuen (鄧富權) served as the newly-elected curator organizing this year’s festival whose theme was “Assembly” dealing with the social structure of Taipei.
 
During the festival, a variety of social groups gathered together to show how they organized themselves through the media of culture and arts, how they defined the meaning of “self” or “community,” and how they played their roles in public.
 
The performances highlighted the characteristics of Taipei – how relationships between diverse groups and their subtle integration defined the city’s residents and how they generated ideas that eventually gave birth to their urban culture.
 
This year’s festival was divided into three parts. The first one involved arts performances at the Taipei Zhongshan Hall for three weeks. This became the platform for creativity at the Taipei Arts Festival. The second was a co-production or commissioned program here and abroad to express the concept of “clustering” and discuss issues such as “distance,” “national borders,” and “ethnic groups.” The third was the “Think Bar” (共想吧) project to celebrate Taipei Arts Festival’s 20th anniversary. This project presented the framework and highlighted the “Assembly” from the perspectives of artists, critics and producers, thus providing participants with knowledge that they could put into practice. Taipei Arts Festival has thus become a ”Thinkfest.”