The Chinese New Year holidays are the time for the International Kaohsiung County Puppet Theatre Festival. This festival is divided into eight themes and will feature puppet shows and puppet displays.
This festival, a cooperative effort between the Council for Cultural Affairs (CCA) and the Kaohsiung County Government Cultural Bureau, will take place at the WeiWu Camp Art Center, the site of a future international art space.
Visitors will be treated to a diversity of puppets and dolls such as 40 limited-version classic Barbie dolls, Pili glove puppets, Italian puppets, marionettes and shadow puppets.
“Taiwan possesses the richest puppet culture in Asia and maybe even in the world,” said Dr. Robin Ruizendaal, director of the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum. “Puppet drama arts, like marionettes, glove puppets, and shadow puppets have a long tradition in Taiwan; it is a great treasure worth preserving and promoting.” During the festival, the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum will present a highly interactive Italian puppet performance, sure to delight children of all ages.
Fans of Pili puppet drama should not miss the performance by the Pili Club. In 2005 a puppet drama “Jiou Huang Zou” by Pili International Multimedia won the Golden Bell Award for Best Director.
Pili International Multimedia owns three large studio buildings covering over 9,000 square meters, the largest and best equipped in the world for filming puppet shows.
The eight themed sections include Game Park, Pili Club, Shadow's Home, Puppet's Home, Fantoccini's Home, Doll's Castle, Cultural Stage and Food.
The festival is open until 9:00 p.m. every day from January 21 to February 5. This is an excellent destination for the whole family during the Chinese New Year holidays.