Events and activities in Taiwan for March 24-30

Highlights for the week throughout Taiwan

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Tour de Taiwan starts on Sunday at Taipei City Hall (photo from Tour de Taiwan official website)

Tour de Taiwan starts on Sunday at Taipei City Hall (photo from Tour de Taiwan official website)

Taipei (Taiwan News) -- The following is a list of notable events and activities taking place in Taiwan from March 24 to March 30:

Sports

The Tour de Taiwan returns with the first stage in Taipei on Sunday. The bike race begins at 9 a.m. at Taipei City Hall and runs along Aiguo Rd. to Ketagalan Circle and back.

The event moves to New Taipei City on Monday beginning at Tamsui and running along the coast, finally returning to Baisha Bay Visitor Center. Stage three is in Taoyuan on Tuesday from City Hall to Jiaobanshan Park. Wednesday the race moves on to Nantou and runs from County Hall to Xiangshan Visitor Center at Sun Moon Lake. The Tour de Taiwan ends on Thursday in Pingtung with the route starting from County Hall and running to Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area.

For more information, visit the Tour de Taiwan website.

The International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 World Hockey Championships continue at Taipei Arena with games scheduled on Friday, Saturday and Monday between Taiwan, Bulgaria, China, Israel, Turkey and New Zealand. Taiwan takes on China on Friday, Bulgaria on Saturday and Israel on Monday; all three games start at 8 p.m.

Concerts

Rock bands Rough Project, 梭哈ShowHand and FEAR廃児 will play at Sound Live House in Taichung on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show are NT$350. The venue will also host Barry Chen’s “Rocking Gold” album release party on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are NT$600.

Japanese rock band PornoGraffiti will perform at Legacy Taipei on Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 and 5:30 p.m., respectively. Tickets for the shows are NT$2,800. The venue will also host diverse musical genre quartet旺福 WONFU on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show are NT$500 online and NT$1,000 at the door.

Local post-punk and grunge-style band THE WAiiT 等等樂團 with Deca joins will perform at TCRC前科累累俱樂部 Live House in Tainan on Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show are NT$250.

Japanese comedian responsible for Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen (PPAP) Kazuhito Kosaka, known by his stage name Pikotaro, will perform at ATT Show Box on Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show are NT$1,600-2,200.

Taipei’s Riverside Music Café hosts two aNueNue Acoustics concerts with Alan Gogoll on Tuesday and Kyas Ryo with Vanessa Ding and Hamataba Yohei on Wednesday. Both shows start at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are NT$500.

Taipei Traditional Arts Festival opening ceremony at The National Concert Hall in Taipei on Wednesday will feature the Taiwanese Aboriginal Carnival as a celebration of the island’s 16 aboriginal groups. Tickets for the performance are NT$300-1,500 and the show begins at 7:30.

Mayday (五月天) will play a free concert on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the amphitheater in Da'an Park to celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary. The amphitheater has 1,500 seats and standing/ground seating for an additional 3,500.

National Taichung Theater will host a performance of “Apollo-Jupiter” on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The performance features Greek countertenor Nicholas Spanos who will sing of Mozart, Vivaldi and Bertoni. Tickets for the show are NT$400-1,500. The theater will also hold a performance of the musical “Jimmy’s Subway” (地下鐵) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Performances on Friday and Saturday will start at 7:30 p.m. with the Sunday show at 2:30. Tickets are NT$500-2,200.

Exhibitions

“Welding Poetry,” a retrospective exhibition of Kao Tsan-hsin’s work, will open at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum on March 25 and run until June 25. The modern Taiwanese sculptor reveals the characteristic nature of steel in his work, which dates back to the 1970s.

The museum also displays a joint exhibition of artists concerning history, memories and spirit. The exhibition is titled 伏流 (Fu-Liu, A subterranean stream), which indicates a mental state hidden beneath the surface. The exhibition’s English title “riverrun” comes from James Joyce’s experimental novel "Finnegans Wake," and it explores continuity and discontinuity in history and society. The exhibition runs until June 4.

The Barry Room at Taipei Artists Village hosts “Here is Akiyoshidai” and “Here is Kanazawa,” solo exhibitions of Tsai Kun-lin and Chang Ya-ping, respectively. The exhibitions are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. until April 9.

The Treasure Hill Light Festival presented by XOXO and Bear Beer begins on Saturday and runs until May 14. The opening is from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition features various artists who present the themes of love and relationships and the path of life.

"Fluidness," a joint exhibition of Spanish artist Pablo Mercado and Japanese artist Yuka Otani, opens Saturday at Pier 2 Art District DaYi C9 Warehouse in Kaohsiung. The exhibition is open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will run until May 31.

Theater

The National Theater in Taipei will host Ming Hwa Yuan Arts & Cultural Group’s performances of Taiwanese traditional opera “The Dragon Rises” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The show, directed and written by Chen Sheng-kuo, will be in Taiwanese with Chinese subtitles. Performances are at 7:30 on Friday with two shows at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and a 2:30 show on Sunday. Tickets for the opera are NT$800-3,000.

The Experimental Theater at the National Theater will also hold sold-out performances of "Mind of a Snail - Caws & Effect" from Friday to Sunday. Described as a modern fable about a pair of wisecracking crows experiencing problems with their nest in the forest and having to find a new home, the play created and performed by Jessica Gabriel and Chloe Ziner features layered projections, puppetry, masks, and an original musical score. The performance contains no language and is suitable for audiences over the age of 7. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The Taipei Hakka Cultural Park theater will hold performances of “Reconsideration of Hakka” directed by Hsu Yan-ling on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are NT$800.

Chung Shan Hall in Taichung hosts dance performance “Walking Travelers” by fourth-year student at National Taiwan University of Arts Dance Department on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are NT$400-800.

Wufeng Lin Family Garden in Taichung will host performances of Kunqu opera “The Jade Hairpin” on Saturday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets for the romantic comedy are NT$600.

Guling Street Avant-garde Theatre will host performances of “The Princesses of Tides” by theater company 69 this weekend, with shows on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30, and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the performances are NT$600.

Other Activities

South Korean actor and model Kim Young Kwang will hold a fan meeting at ATT Show Box in Taipei on Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets for the fan meeting are NT$1,800-3,800.