Taipei Children’s Arts Festival 2012 to Inspire Children

Taipei Children’s Arts Festival kicked off yesterday in Taipei and is running for families with children to enjoy until August 5. The festival, under the theme “Explore Life through a Whole New Perspective”, features an exhibition, film screenings and workshops, as well as a diverse lineup of local and international performances ranging from dance and music to theater and circus acts. The first on the ticketed programme is “Goodbye Mr. Muffin” by Danish company Teater Refleksion.

The festival aims to develop local children’s appreciation of art and to inspire them to think differently.

“We hope to expose children to various art forms, such as theater, traditional opera, Hakka music and aboriginal dance, so that they can learn to appreciate different arts and cultures,” Liu Li-ting, deputy executive of the festival, told CNA.

One of the highlights of the festival is an exhibition of five rooms, each decorated by a different artist using animation, 3-D installations, audio, comics and puppets to construct a scene inspired by a famous fairy tale.

After visiting the exhibition, children will be encouraged to write their own ending to the stories, said Liu.

“We hope to inspire children to think about familiar things from a different perspective,” she said.

The festival also displays animations created by Australian aboriginal artists and children from around the world.

The exhibition and film screenings are held on July 3- Aug 5 at Treasure Hill Artist Village. Admission is free of charge. Over 60 other free performances are also available to the public to enjoy.

The first on the ticketed program is Goodbye, Mr. Muffin by Danish company Teater Refleksion, which will run from July 9th through July 11th. With warmth and humour, the showtells the touching story of the last days in the life of a guinea pig.

There will also be artists from Australia, Italy and Canada on stage ticketed performances at various venues across Taipei throughout the festival period.

Organised by the Taipei City government and the Taipei Culture Foundation, the festival is expected to draw over 200,000 people this year.


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