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Taipei Children's Art Festival

Newspaper article China Post

Taipei Children's Art Festival

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- On a rainy night in the middle of Daan Park, hundreds of children and their parents filled the seats of the park's amphitheater and piled in on the grass in front, using raincoats as tarps to sit on, to watch Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ([...]) open the 17th Taipei Children's Art Festival ([...]).

Speaking at the event, the mayor made clear the spirit and goals of the entire festival: "We hope our children see these performances and decide to pursue the arts themselves," he told attendees. And he was right: The initiative's chief intention has always been to keep children active in the summertime when many would otherwise be on the couch. The festival, as always, encourages action and activity in the lazy months of the year.

Develop Your Own Aesthetics and Worldview

Opening with a spirited performance from the Puppet Beings Theatre ([...]), the event organizers set the tone for what is sure to be an inclusive and inviting event to come. As the commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Beatrice Hsieh ([...]), noted: "Let splendid arts accompany children as they develop their own aesthetics and worldview, learn to see other people in the vast world and, in that process, understand themselves more."

Throughout the Children's Festival, over 25 performances are scheduled, as well as overseas productions. For younger children, Piccolo Camerino's ([...]) performance follows a clumsy clown as he prepares for his show. Running from July 27 to 30, this free 50-minute show is great for any age group and is spread among various parks.

At the Wellspring Theater, "Bake!" ([...]) invites everyone to help create a cake fit for a prince. From Aug. 3 to 6, children from 4 to 6 years old are welcome to attend this interactive performance, but be warned: Things could get messy! Admission to this 40-minute show is NT$300. For older audiences, "Love That Dog" ([...]) is a visual play based on the verse novel of the same name. It immerses the audience in the story of Jack, who learns how to write poetry. …

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