From August 28–30, visitors can expect a wide range of exceptional events that represent Taiwan’s cultural diversity – from delectable cuisine to virtuosic orchestral productions.
TAIWANfest is both a celebration and an opportunity to learn more about the culturally rich island, and this year the festival has organized events under Festival Routes, which aim to make the weekend more accessible through categories such as culinary, music, film, kids, arts and culture, lifestyle and Taiwan 101. The festival is free with the exception of Magic Power, which is $48 for general admission.
The theme of this year’s festival is “The Torch of Hope," which emphasizes legacy and its role in directing Taiwan’s future. “The rise of many visionaries over the centuries was the thread that has helped Taiwan preserve its place in the world today,” says Charlie Wu, Managing Director of the Asian Canadian Special Events Association, which is partnering with Harbourfront Centre to host TAIWANfest. “Those visionaries made sacrifices and left impacts that are still being felt generations later. They are the inspiration for the youth of Taiwan today as they try to follow these visionaries’ paths to ensure the torch is still burning strong and the future is still shining for Taiwan.”
TAIWANfest – Highlights at a Glance:
Food: The exciting International Pan-Asian Culinary Competition will see Taiwanese chefs compete against Torontonian chefs to create the tastiest pan-Asian dish. Music: Two major bands, two very different sounds: TAIWANfest presents Magic Power, the most popular EDM band in Taiwan, and Brit-pop Taiwanese indie icons, ECHO. Craft and Design: A unique collection of chairs created from bamboo, The Art of Seating exhibit uses furniture to explore heritage, creativity and eco-friendly design. Film: Cinematic Taiwan brings together screenings of animated, short and feature-length films, including Formosa Boulevard by Scott Weatherall and Replace by Mark Ang, which received an Award of Excellence in Foreign Film at the 2015 Canada International Film Festival. Food: Using food as a cross-cultural touchpoint, the Friendship Picnic brings participants together with Taiwanese-Canadian hosts to make new friends and learn about Taiwan. Please RSVP at eventbrite.ca/e/taiwanfest-friendship-picnic-tickets-17732166387 Music: Performed by the TAIWANfest Symphony Orchestra, The Beautiful Island revisits Taiwan’s storied past. The concert is accompanied by videos from the National Taiwan History Museum.
For more information and full event listings, please visit harbourfrontcentre.com/taiwanfest/2015 or call Harbourfront Centre at 416-973-4000.
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ABOUT ASIAN CANADIAN SPECIAL EVENTS ASSOCIATION
ACSEA continues to create sustainable projects in the areas of arts and culture following three key objectives: stimulating community engagement, fostering new artistic and cultural expression and providing a platform to learn and share. Produced by ACSEA, TAIWANfest has been held in Vancouver for more than 25 years. In 2006, ACSEA first partnered with Harbourfront Centre to bring the popular festival to Toronto.
ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe.