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    2022 Art Taipei (the Taipei International Contemporary Art Fair) 2022-10-21~2022-10-24

    Art Taipei, organized by Taiwan Art Gallery Association since 1992, is one of the most important art fairs in the global art world, as well 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 and emerging galleries. The exciting and insightful programs of the fair allow the participants a step closer to the vivid art scenes. ART TAIPEI attracts significant art collectors and professionals from around the region every year, and has become a must-visit for many of them for years. One after another record-breaking commercial success in past editions proved ART TAIPEI as the essential platform for promoting and trading arts in Asia. Based on rich experiences and established relationships with leading figures in the industry, ART TAIPEI will continue presenting the most rewarding fair experience with unique insights in the editions to come.

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    The Dice Game For Mooncakes (Bo-Bing) on Mid-Autumn Festival The schedule for this activity in 2022 has not been decided.

    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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    Nantou Global Tea Expo The schedule for this activity in 2022 has not been decided.

    The tea expo's turnover has always been great, and in recent year the organizer has been promoting Nantou tea with the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute. Not only has this created opportunities for local businesses and helped farmers to make more money. The tourism industry and relevant sectors have benefited from this. Traditional farms have transformed themselves as "brands," and they are now more competitive in the market. Nantou tea has truly become famous in this way.

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    Taiwan Culinary Exhibition The schedule for this activity in 2022 has not been decided.

    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.

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    Sun Moon Lake Cycling, Music & Fireworks Festival The schedule for this activity in 2022 has not been decided.

    Artists and writers have been visiting Sun Moon Lake ever since the Qing Dynasty, inspired to create by its beautiful scenery. During the Japanese occupation, the Lake was listed as one of Taiwan's Eight Views; it also became the location for the guesthouse of Japan's Crown Prince. Later on, President Chiang Kai-shek would host international dignitaries here as well. Today Sun Moon Lake remains one of Taiwan's most popular destinations, a recreation area internationally renowned for its abundance of beauty and activities in all seasons, such as red cherry flowers in spring, mountain mist in summer, tranquil water and mountains in fall, and white plum blossoms in winter. Enjoy hot springs, fresh plums, and a landscape of white plum blossoms or vibrant cherry blossoms during winter and spring. Just before summer is the peak firefly season; the summer and fall include the butterfly and frog season as well as the indigenous tribes' Harvest Festival. There are lots of cultural celebrations everywhere all year round; and they will exceed your expectations. Every year between October and November is the must-see "Sun Moon Lake Music & Fireworks Festival," a combination of "arts and culture" with "leisure and sports" lasting over a month. Ever since the Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration was established in 2000, there has been an annual fireworks show. The first Sun Moon Lake Festival was held in 2003, where fireworks teams from five different countries and regions were invited to perform in a nearly month-long feast of sound and light. The "Sun Moon Lake's International Fireworks" increased in popularity afterwards and the yearly festival was established as one of the Lake's most important events. Now that Sun Moon Lake Cycling, Music & Fireworks Festival is famous around the globe, the challenge is to keep things fresh while improving the overall planning and peripheral services.

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    Taiwan International Balloon Festival The schedule for this activity in 2022 has not been decided.

    Big, beautiful, colorful hot air balloons dreamily float through the air as tourists hasten to catch a glimpse of their splendor or ride them through the skies, taking in the beauty of the valley below. The hot air balloon trend has promoted local tourism, and is an attractive, rising new activity of the 21st century. The 2011 Taiwan International Balloon Festival was a new opportunity for aerial activities, and it 2012 it challenged the world record in terms of length of time and scale of event. The event was a success, proving the tourist charm and economic profitability of the balloons, and enhancing Taiwan's diverse tourism environment. Taiwan International Balloon Festival includes flying shows, mooring activities, balloon rides, a night glow music concert, balloon wedding celebrations, and a summer camp, providing visitors with something to take home as well as great memories. Experience the feeling of flight as well as a feast for the senses.

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    Yunlin International Puppets Arts Festival The schedule for this activity in 2022 has not been decided.

    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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    Kungshen Wangye's Salt for Peace Festival The schedule for this activity in 2022 has not been decided.

    The activities of the "Kungshen Wangye's Salt for Peace Festival" include the opening ceremony, the salt invitation ceremony, a blessing ceremony, distribution of "safety salt lucky bags," the Divination blocks tossing challenge contest, souvenir exhibitions, and Chinese/English temple tours. Through these activities, visitors from home and abroad can obtain a deeper understanding of Taiwan's local folk beliefs and salt culture.

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    Sun Moon Lake International Swimming Carnival The schedule for this activity in 2022 has not been decided.

    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.

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    Keelung Mid-Summer Ghost Festival The schedule for this activity in 2022 has not been decided.

    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 significance, 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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