Events

Wedding Memories

Ping-fong Acting Troupe actors rehearse Wedding Memories, October 5, 2006, for their upcoming performance from October 6 to Decmeber 3 around Taiwan.

The 2006 International Maliba Hunting Festival 2006 屏東縣國際麻里巴狩獵祭 will take place from October 5-7 in Shizi Township, Pingtung County (屏東縣獅子鄉楓林村二巷26號 Tel: (08)877-1129). The festival, now in its third year, will feature exciting events such as the Boar Hunting Competition and the Grabbing Chicken Competition, as well as a cultural produce and handicraft fair. Experience the life and beauty in the wilderness of indigenous people. Head down to Pingtung County for a wild holiday if you haven't decided on a schedule for the Mid-Autumn Festival long weekend! For more information, visit http://www.shrtz.gov.tw.
The 2006 Taiwan Design Fair 2006台灣設計博覽會 is taking place in Tainan County’s Nanying Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center, Hsiaolung Cultural Park 南瀛總爺藝文中心蕭瓏文化園區(台南麻豆鎮南勢里總爺5號) to October 15. The theme this year is “Experience aesthetics via elegant life,” and creative products will be shown from all over the world, including furniture, electronic, cultural and leisure products from Holland, Denmark, France, Italy and the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, the fair will also feature products with Taiwan cultural characteristics such as the Hakka culture’s tung flowers, Yingge township’s pottery and aboriginal works.
Taking a walk in Germany and China: East-west Reflections" is a lecture that will be given by renowned German sinologist Professor Wolfgang Kubin 庫彬, who heads the Department of Chinese Studies at the University of Bonn on Monday, October 9, 7:00 p.m. at the German Cultural Center Taipei 台北德國文化中心 (12 F, No.20 Heping West Rd., Sec.1, Taipei 台北市和平西路一段20號12樓 Tel: (02) 2365-7294) Free admission for all. For more information, visit the center’s online website at http://www.dk-taipei.org.tw.
The Eighth Taipei Arts Festival 第八屆台北藝術節 lasts one month to October 29, featuring a series of world-class performances, seminars, workshops and off-festival events in the theme “Oriental Avant-Garde,” an interpretation of the traditional and the classic through modern approaches. In this vein, the Festival has invited performing groups from around the globe that will combine Western, traditional and modern elements in an effort to present that special flare that only Taipei City has to offer. Progress does not necessarily imply abandoning the past. Likewise, the Oriental does not stand simply for the traditional and the antiquated. In order for Taiwanese art to blossom, we must build on the past in order to progress into the future, and only by learning from the traditional will we be able to achieve innovative breakthroughs. When we use the word “intelligent,” we actually mean the appropriate use of technology for the expression of the inner spirit. The Eighth Taipei Art Festival embraces just this approach. Its aspiration is to plant this idea in the hearts of the people and have it take root and grow stronger. Visit http://www.tpearts.gov.tw for more information.
The 2006 Yingge Ceramics Carnival 2006鶯歌陶瓷嘉年華 will be held from October 6 to October 29 on the old streets of renowned pottery town of Yingge Township, Taipei County. The theme of the carnival this year is "Creative Pottery for an Interesting Life," appealing for the integration of ceramic artwork and culture with daily life. This year's carnival will be holding the first-ever “Pottery Classic" competition, featuring an obstacle race, a blindfolded pottery-making competition, and a mudball dart contest. Couples may even recreate the memorable scene of Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in the movie “Ghost" which has become the envoy of modern pottery-making events. The Yingge Ceramics Museum 鶯歌陶瓷博物館 (No.200 Wen-hua Rd. Yingge Township, Taipei County 台北縣鶯歌鎮文化路200號 (Tel: (02) 8677-2727)) will also put on exhibits featuring artwork by pottery crafters from all parts of the world, and feature an extensive introduction to the establishment of the first professional pottery museum in Taiwan. Other events in the carnival include workshops for adults and children, weekend flea markets and one-day cultural tours to experience the Hakka culture in neighboring Sanshia Township. For more information, visit: http://www.ceramics.tpc.gov.tw.
The 2006 Women Makes Waves Festival 2006 女性影展 will show 200 films representing 33 countries from October 13- 27 at Shin Kong Cineplex, Taipei (4~5F No.36 Xining South Rd., Taipei 台北市西寧南路36號4~5樓Tel: (02) 2314-6668.). The organizing group, Taiwan Women’s Film Association, said that the film festival this year is a salute to all hard-working and successful female artists in every art form, because the event looks at itself as a movement-like film festival with a social responsibility. All films have been categorized into different themes, with “Women and the Arts” as the focus of the two-week event, she distinguished writers Virginia Woolf, Marguerite Duras and actress Audrey Hepburn will be honored and remembered in a tribute entitled “Portraits of Outstanding Female Artists.” The other main theme of the festival - “The Vitality of Hybrid Cinema” - focuses on presenting interdisciplinary experimental short films by female directors from Europe, America and Asia. Also to be screened are short animated works and films on gender-related issues and the underprivileged. Collections of outstanding international and Taiwanese films will be shown as well. The Women Makes Waves film festival, established in 1993 by female director Huang Yu-shan, is the first women’s film festival in Asia and the only one of its kind in Taiwan.
The Wallenda Family Circus【空中飛人大馬戲團】will take to their wires on October 21 and 22 at the Taipei Arena台北小巨蛋 ( Nanjing East Rd. Sec.4, Taipei 台北市南京東路四段2號; Tel: (02) 2577-3500 ). Prepare to "ooh" and "ahh" over the death defying stunts of this renowned troupe, and witness a continuation of circus history by watching this family of circus daredevils, famous since the 1940's, perform their most famous acts - "The Three-Level, Four-Person Pyramid," a recreation of the stunt that brought the Hungarian-descended Wallendas to the United States in 1928 and remains the standard for excellence on the high wire, and "The Seven Person Chair Pyramid," an exclusive feat that no other troupe in the world has ever attempted and succeeded. Often referred to as the most famous high-wire act of the 20th century, the family has endured various tragedies over the years, including a famous 1962 pyramid crash in Detroit, Michigan which left two performers dead and one paralyzed. Family patriarch Karl Wallenda died in a 1978 fall from the wire in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Yet in 1998 the sixth generation of the Wallendas returned to Detroit and performed the seven-person pyramid again - in success. Most of the family in the business claim that high wire is "in their blood." Other stunts include "The Ferris Wheel," "The Wheel of Death," and the "The Bouncing See-saw," all of which are performed without the use of safety nets - only more reason for acrobatic fans in Taiwan, since it is the only appearance the Wallenda Family Circus will be making out of the U.S. this year. The performance will also feature a band of hilarious clowns from popular Canadian troupe "Cirque de Soleil." Tickets, priced from NT$500 to NT$3,000, are available through ERA ticketing, with 10 to 20 percent discounts on group orders of 3, 4, and 12.
Brazilian Dance Theater "Groupo Corpo" 古波舞團 will be performing from November 3 to November 5 at the Novel Hall for Performing Arts 新舞台 (No. 3 Songshou Rd. Taipei 台北市松壽路3號 Tel: (02) 2723-7953). Watch South America's sexiest dance company turn contemporary ballet into a large Brazilian party. Artistic Director Rodrigo Pederneiras, who has been dubbed "the Jiri Kylian of Brazil," fuses ballet, jazz, and modern dance with a healthy dose of sultry and highly charged Afro-Brazilian dance styles. Don't miss this stunning program that is as rich and energized as Brazilian life.