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    2019 Taiwan Culinary Exhibition 2019-07-26~2019-07-29

    From just simple food and cooking, the Taiwan Culinary Exhibition has broadened to include kitchenware, culture, and dining atmosphere. Food culture integrates famous cuisine and special locally grown ingredients to create local cuisines with increasing diversity, taking Taiwan cuisine into the international arena. In addition to food that both looks and tastes great, there are also dynamic competitions of the cooking art, in which famous chefs from countries around the world are attracted to participate, making the Taiwan Culinary Exhibition a truly international event. To highlight the development of the Exhibition since its inception in 1989, every year different innovative theme plans are made, meant to create a moving atmosphere so that guests might participate and personally experience the magic of unique cuisine. In 2012 the theme plan was: “Eye on the Artistry”—raise cooking skills, forge a Taiwan Michelin; “Watch the Show”—stress equally both sides of the cuisine spectrum, let people taste the best of street snacks as well as creative cuisine. In 2013 there will be a change to a format patterned after the previous Taipei World Trade Center exhibitions that will combine fine dining with touring. We will work with hotel and restaurant owners and, based on different themes, will plan out a number of different “cuisine itineraries” so that people can tour the city and at the same time sample fine cuisine, enjoying two different atmospheres!

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    2019 Keelung Mid-Summer Ghost Festival 2019-08-01~2019-08-30

    Keelung Mid-Summer Ghost Festival is one of the 12 major festivals designated by the Tourism Bureau. It started in the Qing dynasty when immigrants from Fujian settled Keelung. Because of disagreements over ancestral origins, they clashed over business, land, plowing, customs, and beliefs, leading to armed conflict, heavy casualties, and hostility. In 1853, a great battle was fought at Hangding (present-day Nanrong Cemetary), with over a hundred casualties. On the verge of another conflict, elders and leaders from either side negotiated a truce. Bodies of the dead were referred to as “Lao Da Gong,” and they were buried and worshipped. Based on their surname, people took turns negotiating. These were the 11 families of Keelung, which took turns organizing the Ghost Festival. Family relationships replaced ancestral hometowns as the basis for ties, bringing together the two sides which took turns organizing the festival and offering to lonely spirits. Parade competition replaced armed conflict to preserve the peace. The Mid-Summer Ghost Festival begins on the first day of the seventh lunar month, when Lao Da Gong Temple opens Kanmen, and over the next 12 days the lanterns are lit and colored thread released on Zhupu altar. The Ying Dou Deng procession takes place on the 13th day, the water lantern procession by the seashore on the 14th, the Ghost Festival ceremony on the 15th, and finally comes the Jumping Zhong Kui and Opening Kanmen, on the first day of the 8th month. The entire period lasts a month, and is similar to the Western world’s Christmas or Japan’s Night Parade of a Hundred Demons. Each ceremony has a historical and folk culture signficance, and over the last few years culture and art aspects have been integrated with the traditional ceremony. These aspects include art exhibitions and famous groups from Taiwan and abroad. We hope that the Ghost Festival will increase solidarity and mutual blessing among the people of Keelung.

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    2019 Toucheng "Qianggu"-Grappling with the Ghost pole-climbing competition 2019-08-29

    Starting in the Qing dynasty, there has been a custom of people seizing sacrificial goods after the Ghost Festival is over. Some say this is to scare away lingering spirits, and is known as “Qianggu” (ghost grappling). The Qianggu competition held in Toucheng is Taiwan’s largest and one of Yilan’s important traditional events during the seventh lunar month. The tower consists of pillars made of China fir, 11 meters tall and 8 meters wide, with 7 or 8 meter bamboo trestlework on top. Squid, rice dumplings, rice noodles, meat, fish, and other foods are tied to the trestlework. Team members must climb on top of each other to reach the top of the trestlework and pillars, which are covered in oil. Reaching the top, they cut down the food and throw it to the frame below, where it is taken by spectators. Whoever claims the wind banner at the top is declared the winner. There are a variety of other events, including the water lantern old street tour, releasing water lanterns into Zhu’an River a day before the ghost gates close, and Beiguan Battle. There is a period of one month between the first day when the ghost gates open and the last day when Qianggu is held. In addition to remembering the ancestors and their pioneering efforts, the month includes a variety of religious traditional and folk culture events.

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    2019 HO-HAI-YAN Gongliao Rock Festival 2019-08-30~2019-09-01

    HO-HAI-YAN Gongliao Rock Festival is one of New Taipei City’s most famous major annual coastal events of the summer season. Not only has this event successfully integrated the sea environment with the creative spirit of independent (indie) music, to create a distinguishing feature of the Northeast Cape and a major benefit to tourism, it has also provided a stage for non-mainstream musical artists and created an advantage for marketing international tourism in Taiwan. The Festival is held each year on the July with the aim of providing enthusiastic youth a great place to go during the summer vacation period. At the same time it also lifts the curtain for travel throughout the entire summer season for New Taipei City’s Northeast Coast shoreline. The theme of the Festival is “Appreciating Indie Music at the Ocean”—a competition among indie music groups—and centers on performances by Taiwanese and overseas creative musical groups. The brilliant performances of the music groups and the enthusiasm of the crowds create a “chemical reaction,” a further “selling point” of this climactic event. This summer, liberate your soul with music, let yourself go and join other music enthusiasts “drunk on music,” let HO-HAI-YAN Gongliao Rock Festival ignite your long pent-up energy, open up your arms and welcome this “sacred” annual rock & roll classic.

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    2019 The Dice Game For Mooncakes (Bo-Bing) on Mid-Autumn Festival 2019-08-31~2019-09-15

    Tradition has it that the “Gambling for Moon-Cakes” game was originated by Hong Xu, born in Kinmen’s Hongmengang (Houfenggang). When Zheng Chenggong set out and attacked Jinling (Nanjing), Hong Xu was left behind to guard Xiamen. In order to calm the troops and comfort them in their homesickness, on Mid-autumn Festival day he had the soldiers of the garrison play this game, and as time went on it became a rather characteristic activity done in Jinmen on this holiday. “Gambling for moon-cakes” is a dice game, the winning prizes for which are moon-cakes. In the past Kinmen was a barren land and the people were poor. Families all hoped that their children would pass the civil service exams and thus make a name for themselves. Because they were all familiar with the civil service examination system, the six dice used in this game were given the names of the different levels or “degrees” of the examination system (zhuangyuan, bangyan, tanhua, jinshi, juren, and xiucai). The Kinmen County government conducts the “The Dice Game For Mooncakes (Bo-Bing) on Mid-Autumn Festival” in accordance with the ancient rules. Participants must all go through the three levels of the exam, “provincial, metropolitan, palace.” Then, according to their ranking, they each receive a moon-cake representing the particular status they have achieved, from “top graduate” (zhuangyuan) to “graduate” (xiucai). In addition, to amplify the event and make it more interesting, traditional Kinmen toys provided so that young and old can have fun to their heart’s content!

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    2019 Sun Moon Lake Swimming Carnival 2019-09-01

    Nantou is Taiwan’s only inland county but is home to the famous, unrivalled Sun Moon Lake, the largest freshwater lake. Attracting visitors from abroad, it’s an essential tourist destination, and in addition to scenic beauty, the unique landscape has made it an excellent place for biking, marathons, and an annual swimming competition, which is the area’s biggest and longest-running event, starting in 1983. Every year around the Mid-Autumn Festival, swimmers from around Taiwan or abroad gather at Zhaowu Wharf to participate in this grand event. The course is 3000 meters long and in 2002 was officially included among the world’s famous swimming competitions. Bringing thousands of swimming enthusiasts from Taiwan and abroad, it has become a grand event. Eligibility is open to everyone aged 10 or over (life guards are responsible for minors) who is in good health and able to swim long distances.

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    2019 NPM Asian Art Festival 2019-09-28~2019-10-31

    Every October at the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum, we admire beautiful works of art from Asia, listen closely to its beating heart, create the connections between Asian cultures, taste each vibrant flavor, and roam through the worlds of Asia.In cooperation with the National Palace Museum’s art festival and themed exhibitions, the Southern Branch hosts an Asia-centered event every year. Engage all your five senses throughout the Museum and th ecological landscape of the park area, which offer a blend of art, culture, history, recreation, and learning. Visitors from everywhere, of all ages, are welcome to experience the diversity and charms of Asian cultures in this unique exhibition.

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    2019 Yunlin International Puppets Arts Festival 2019-10-08~2019-10-13

    Shadow puppetry, glove puppetry, and marionette were introduced to Taiwan, blended with local customs and beliefs, and had developed into a unique art form of puppetry since, becoming three treasures of Taiwan. As time goes by, regardless of a vivid performance in the hands of the masters, an incidental music of live musicians’ pragmatic responses, or an audience of different generation, or even the purpose of performance switched from offering thanks to the gods to entertaining people, the significance of puppetry arts has been gradually changing. Yunlin International Puppet Arts Festival was founded in 1999, and Yunlin becomes puppets’ hometown in Taiwan, creating a variety of performing schools. To establish the International Puppet Arts Festival is to realize Yunlin as a cultural county, to carry forward the traditions of fine art, and to promote international cultural exchanges. The festival activities include inviting international puppet teams to perform, and sponsoring the Golden Palm Award to encourage skill contests and competitive performances of classic and innovative plays. In addition, it combines with exhibitions of arts, cultural and creative works, and installation art of agricultural product puppets, and promoting, encouraging, teaching and experiencing glove puppetry to enable sustainable development and to pass on the heritage of glove puppetry culture.

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    2019 Sanyi International Woodcarving Art Festival 2019-10-10~2019-10-13

    Sanyi Township is located in southern Miaoli, neighboring Da’an River and Houli (Taichung). To the northeast is Sanjiaoshan (567 m) and Xinlong and Xinglong, two villages in Tongluo Township. To the east, Guandao Range forms a natural boundary next to Dahu and Zhuolan. To the west are Huoyan Range, Yuanli, and Tongxiao, and to the north is Tongluo Township. Situated between Taiwan’s northern and southern climate zones, Sanyi experiences a variety of different weather, especially in the spring and winter; people feel as if it’s always summer until the first rains bring autumn. From November to March, the area is covered in clouds and fog, turning Sanyi into a wonderland and granting it the title “Taiwan’s Mist Capitol.” The area produces an abundance of camphor trees, popular for their fragrant wood. In 1918, Wu Jinbao and his son strarted creating camphorwood sculptures, developing their art and passing it along to local residents. Today, the wood sculptures street is home to a number of flourishing shops. After 2001, Sanyi Township began organizing International Woodcarving Art Festival, featuring local qualities, a variety of activities, and a fun, artistic atmosphere. The “static” exhibition shows off the beauty of wood sculptures, and the “moving” performances give visitors a chance to absorb the rich culture. DIY activities include wood games a variety of interesting things to challenge your mind.

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    2019 Art Taipei (the Taipei International Contemporary Art Fair) 2019-10-18~2019-10-21

    Art Taipei, organized by Taiwan Art Gallery Associationsince 1992, is one of the most important art fairs in the global art world, aswell as the longest-standing art fair in Asia. As the joint between Northeast and Southeast Asia, ART TAIPEI offers the best and most up-to-date art of the region by established andemerging galleries. The exciting and insightful programs of the fair allow theparticipants a step closer to the vivid art scenes. ART TAIPEI attractssignificant art collectors and professionals from around the region every year,and has become a must-visit for many of them for years. Oneafter another record-breaking commercial success in past editions proved ART TAIPEI as the essential platform for promoting and trading arts in Asia. Basedon rich experiences and established relationships with leading figures in theindustry, ART TAIPEI will continue presenting the most rewarding fairexperience with unique insights in the editions to come.

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