Upcoming Events in Taipei, January 4 - 13

From unique artistic performances to casual social gatherings, there's plenty happening in Taipei in 2019

(Photo by Unsplash user Winston Chen)

(Photo by Unsplash user Winston Chen)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – For those of you looking for something interesting to do in Taipei the start of 2019, here are a few options to consider over the next week, Jan. 4 to Jan. 13.

The official concert of the Japanese animated series Dragon Ball will take center stage at the National Concert Hall on Friday, Jan. 4. The event is part of a world tour, and will recite some of the most iconic scores of Dragon Ball. There are still a few tickets left, which are available for purchase online, and via the ibon machines in some convenience stores.

Taiwanese indie record label Airhead Records will hold their 7th anniversary party at the Wall Live House in Gongguan on Jan. 6. Taiwanese bands Wayne's so sad (傷心欲絕) and Midnight Ping Pong (午夜乒乓) headline the event, with doors opening at 7:15 p.m. Advanced tickets are available online for NT$600, and tickets will also be available at the door for NT$800.

This weekend at the experimental stage of the National Theater a modern artistic dance performance will be performed by the B.DANCE troupe together with La Veronica entitled “Millenials.” There will be a single show each day Friday through Sunday, Jan 4-5. Tickets are NT$1,000. The performance will be a special joint production only in Taipei before B.DANCE begins a world tour performing their“Floating Flowers” show.

This weekend at the National Theater, the Hakka Affairs Council and the Neo-Classical Chamber Ensemble will be performing “Literature Music Theater” (文學音樂劇場). Tickets are available for the Saturday, Jan. 5 performance at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday, Jan. 6 performance at 2:30 p.m.

The regular BBQ, beer, and board games event will be held at Top Shelf Games Co. on Jan. 6 in Taipei’s Datong District. The event offers a great opportunity to meet new people, play new games, and even introduce your favorite game to others. The event costs NT$200, and includes a food/drink voucher worth NT$100.

Next week, fans of stand-up comedy won’t want to miss Australian comic Jim Jeffries who will be performing Thursday, Jan. 10 at the CPC Corporation’s HQ building in Taipei. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.

Next Friday on Jan. 11, fans of pub quizzes should make their team’s reservation for Ooh Cha Cha near National Taipei University of Education. “Hooch Pub Quiz” for teams of up to six people begins at 8 p.m. Call ahead for reservations since space is limited and may fill up quickly, but standing room may be available.

Saturday, Jan. 12 will be a final party to celebrate an end to the successful sixth annual Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, entitled “Offline Browser,” which began in October. Come to the Hong-gah museum next Saturday to enjoy some modern video artwork creations, and a selection of music from DJs playing everything from classic hip-hop and 90s hits to Neo-Soul and vapor wave jams.

Fans of classic country may be interested in a Hank Williams tribute concert with Ryan Cook, and special guest David Chen of the Muddy Basin Ramblers happening on Jan. 12 at Tacheles in Wanhua.

Anyone who enjoys contemporary street dance or just dance in general may want to check out the third annual “ALL DANCE FEVER” event on Saturday, Jan. 12. The event in Wanhua includes an open competition. Organizers welcome any kind of dance performance and encourage anyone to participate, whether solo, duo, or as a team. Prize money is available for winners of several categories of competition being hosted. Or just come and enjoy the performances as a spectator.

On Sunday, Jan. 13 at Yuanshan Park, fans of modern and local fashion may be interested in checking out the annual “Fashion Weekend Café,” which is a casual event and market place for designers and those interested in current fashions to meet and network. A small market of seasonal pieces, samples, and secondhand goods will also be happening.

The Taipei Biennial 2018, which began in mid-November, is still running until March 2019. Hosted by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and the Goethe Institut Taipei, this year’s theme is “Post Nature: the Museum as an Ecosystem.

Regular Hangouts

If you want to put your English to use and enjoy an open forum to discuss different topics and hear presentations in English, check out the iEnglish Club English Gathering every Saturday.

If you're looking for a family friendly group to practice your English or your Chinese, consider checking out events with Language Exchange Taipei. They are having a free language exchange on Sunday afternoon at Lifehouse Taipei.

The LEIT Language Exchange group regularly hosts a huge number of activities. Check their events page for friendly hangouts and language exchange opportunities.

For the begining of 2019, Taiwan's Bobwundaye bar on Heping Rd. in the Da'an District will be hosting Wednesday Open Mic Nights for anyone who wants to share a little bit of their musical or artistic talent with an audience. The floor is opened for performances beginning at 10:00 p.m.

Everyone’s favorite Irish bar in Gongguan near NTU, James Joyce, is also hosting live music every weekend.

If you have a love of Indian food and culture, then you can always stop by the Mayur Indian Kitchen location on Songjiang Road, where they have regular dance performances or Indian music for dining customers on Saturday nights.

For those new to Taipei, or those who have been here a while but still haven't seen all the city has to offer, consider taking a walking tour with "Like it Formosa." Tours happen regularly every week, with four different types of tours to choose from, depending on what you want to see.

And depending on your interests, check this list of meet up groups regularly to see if there is anything up your alley.