The Chinese New Year holiday celebrations this year are set to be brightened by the coming of the International Kaohsiung County Puppet Theatre Festival. The festival is divided into eight themes and will feature puppet shows, as well as a display of various puppets and puppeteering materials.
The festival, a cooperative effort between the Council for Cultural Affairs and the Kaohsiung County Government Cultural Bureau, will take place at the Wei Wu Camp Art Center, the site of a yet-to-be-built international art space.
Visitors will be treated to a variety of puppet and doll exhibitions, including 40 limited-edition classic Barbie dolls, Pili glove puppets, Italian puppets, marionettes and shadow puppets.
"Taiwan possesses the richest puppet culture in Asia and maybe even 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 and 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 dramas should not miss performances by the Pili Club. It is worth noting for those not in the know that the director of Pili puppet drama "Jiou Huang Zou" won the Golden Bell Award for Best Director last year.
Pili International Multimedia owns three large studio buildings covering over 9,000 square meters and is the largest and best equipped in the world for filming puppet shows.
The eight themed sections of the festival 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 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.