Taipei (Taiwan News) -- The following is a list of notable events and activities taking place in Taiwan from March 31 to April 6:
Expos and other events
The 2017 Yilan Green Expo kicks off on Saturday and will run through May 14. The expo was first launched in 2000 and is based on sustainable ecology, environmental protection education, green lifestyle and their combinations with local customs. Event spaces are nearest to Dongshan Station and shuttle buses are available from various locations. Tickets are NT$100-300. For more information, visit the official Yilan Green Expo website.
The Taipei International Bakery Show presented by the Taipei Bakery Association opens on April 6 and runs until April 9 at Nangang Exhibition Hall. The theme of this year’s event is “Bake for the Future,” focusing on trends and innovations in the industry. There will be multiple forums discussing baking trends and business approaches, including social media marketing. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the expo is NT$200, but free for overseas visitors who register online. For more information, visit the expo website.
Spring Scream, the annual three-day music festival, kicks off around Eluanbi Lighthouse in Kenting National Park on Saturday. This year’s musical lineup includes Japan’s Otonana Trio. Tickets for the music festival are NT$2,800 for all three days and NT$1,000 for a one-day pass. Camping permits are not included in the ticket prices; the South Point Campground offers permits for NT$200 per person per night during the event.
Courtesy Spring Scream Facebook page
In addition to Spring Scream, there are other spring break events around Kenting this weekend, including Spring Break on the Beach at Kenting Chateau Beach Resort (墾丁夏都沙灘酒店). Spring Break on the Beach features Kryoman, Bombs Away and Headhunterz. Tickets for all three days are NT$1,800.
Rocks (岩石音樂) in Kaohsiung will host Japanese underground hardcore band The Devils & Libido with Japanese all-girl garage band COMezik and Mexican duo Deer Mx on Friday. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and tickets are NT$300, including a drink.
MK Oriental (東方猴) brings its progressive orchestra to National Taichung Theater on Friday. The Taipei-based avant-garde orchestra that aims to promote Taiwanese musical culture will play a selection of its arrangements during the 150-minute show. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are NT$300.
National Taiwan University Arts Center will host a Harpsichord Concert for Children by Taiwan Early Music Society on Saturday at 11 a.m. The performance features François Guerrier, Yifen Chen (陳逸芬) and Julie Shen (沈曉雯). Tickets for the concert are NT$350 and NT$500.
Burning Island (火燒島) and Obviously (顯然樂隊) will play a show at The Goat Restaurant & Bar on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in Hengchun, Pingtung. Tickets for the concert are NT$250.
Wang Chi-ping (王治平), Taiwanese music producer and father of singer Joana Wang, will play two shows at Legacy Taichung and Legacy Taipei on Sunday and Monday, respectively. Both shows start at 7 p.m. and tickets are NT$700 in advance and NT$900 at the door.
Japanese idol group AKB48 will come to ATT Show Box in Taipei on Saturday and Sunday to perform and meet fans. There are four performances each day and tickets range from NT$1,488 to NT$19,999. The VIP tickets include seats in the interactive area, photos with the group, autographs and a gift.
The Taiwan Civic Symphony Orchestra (TCSO) will perform a children’s concert at the Hsinchu Performing Arts Center on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets for the show are NT$250.
Japanese pop band noovy, previously known as LOOKINGFOR, comes to Riverside Music Café in Taipei on Wednesday. The concert starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are NT$350.
The National Palace Museum opens several new exhibits this weekend. “Painting Animation: The Cold Food Observance” is an animated film that focuses on the manuscript composed in 1079 while Su Shi was living in exile in Huangzhou. The museum showcases artifacts related to imperial authority of the Qing dynasty and its interaction with Mongolian, Muslim, and Tibetan peoples in “Splendid Accessories of Nomadic Peoples: Mongolian, Muslim, and Tibetan Artifacts of the Qing Dynasty from the Museum Collection.” “Traveling with Art: Painting and Calligraphy Accompanying the Qianlong Emperor's Southern Tours” takes a look at the observations the Qinglong Emperor made during six inspection tours of the south between 1751 and 1784 along with the sources of paintings and calligraphy he produced. Also opening this weekend is “The Ancient Art of Writing: Selections from the History of Chinese Calligraphy,” which presents selections from the National Palace Museum collection arranged in chronological order, starting from the Qing Dynasty, for a general overview.
OKT/Vilnius City Theatre presents Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” directed by Oskaras Koršunovas at The National Theater in Taipei on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with performances at 7:30 p.m. the first two nights and at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets for the classic tragedy, part of the Taiwan International Festival of Arts (TIFA), are NT$500-3,000. The play will be performed in Lithuanian with English and Chinese subtitles.
The Experimental Theater at the National Theater will also hold sold-out performances of FreeSteps, a project launched by Su Wei-chia of the HORSE Dancing Theater in 2013, from Thursday to Sunday. FreeSteps will be performed by Taiwanese dancers Chen Wu-kang and Chou Shu-Yi. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The Kaohsiung Cultural Center will host a performance for the 30th anniversary of “Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land” on Saturday. The play that combines two plays—one tragedy and one comedy, was the second stage play by the Performance Workshop (表演工作坊) in 1986. The sold-out show begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Performing Arts Center dance hall at Taipei University of the Arts will host a dance performance of “Spell” (拼) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and 2:30 p.m. respectively. Tickets for the performances are NT$400 and NT$1,000.