Now – 7/7 2019 Taipei Xia-Hai City God Cultural Festival
The Taipei Xia-Hai City God Cultural Festival (台北霞海城隍文化節) was originally a celebration of the birthday of the City God, and the “Greeting of the City God”,in fact, is regarded as one of the three major religious rituals held in Taipei. In recent years, the ritual activity has gradually changed into a festival encompassing a series of cultural events. This year, an exhibition of the “Bangka Exodus”is presented in Taipei’s Bopiliao (剝皮寮) neighborhood from May 28 to Jul 7, telling the story of the City God coming to Taiwan. From June 13 to 15, markets and concerts will also be held. The birthday ritual will begin at Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple on June 16.
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6/27 – 7/13 2019 Taipei Film Festival
As the iconic cinema event in Taipei, the Taipei Film Festival（台北電影節）aims not only to promote filmmakers in Taiwan, but also to reflect the social and cultural movements here as well. During the festival, films will be screened in Taipei Zhongshan Hall（中山堂）, SKCINEMAS（新光影城）and SPOT-Huashan Theater（光點華山電影館）. Screening around 160 films from over 60 countries each year, the festival also features the International New Talent Competition for new directors, and the Taipei Film Awards for outstanding Taiwanese productions. For more information, please visit the official website: https://www.taipeiff.taipei/
6/30 – 8/31 2019 Taipei Aqua-Friendly Festival
In the long, hot summer, you no longer need to take a trip to a distant beach to cool off. Every year, the Taipei Aqua-Friendly Festival（台北親水節）is held at Taipei Water Park（台北自來水園區）. The water garden and other forms of water entertainment are open to the public, creating a space where tourists can play and have some fun. The opening will be on June 30, and themed concerts and indigenous dancing performances are included in the festival, giving tourists a taste of cool summer life in the city.
7/13 – 7/21 2019 Taipei Riverside Kids Festival
The 2019 Taipei Riverside Kids Festival (台北河岸童樂會) will consist of various activities in Dajia Riverside Park (大佳河濱公園), including surfing, inflatable water slides, lazy rivers, and all kinds of water fun suitable for families. There will also be live music, magic shows, games, and creative markets held during the Festival.
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8/3 – 8/4 2019 Taipei Valentine’s Day
2019 Taipei Valentine’s Day The Taipei Valentine’s Day (大稻埕情人節) will be held at Yanping Riverside Park (延平河濱公園) (next to No. 3 and No. 5 Water Gate by the Tamsui River), and takes“Love – Music –River”as the theme for the large concerts and special performances held in conjunction with the Qixi Festival. Food trucks and creative markets will also be there in the surrounding areas. At the concerts, people can appreciate fireworks displays, enjoy unique snacks, and support the shops in the local area, enjoying a romantic night with families and lovers.
8/3 – 9/8 2019 Taipei Art Festival
This year, the Taipei Art festival ( 台北藝術節 ) theme is“Identity.”With the slogan“I (do not) Belong To You”, it encourages outstanding artistic talents to showcase their creativity and their own social identity. The art forms are beyond what they once were, including music, dancing, and multimedia dramas. The works are a combination of different areas and cultures, and the performance teams hail from 10 countries around the world, including Indonesia, the Philippines, France, Japan and Korea.
8/18 – 9/8 2019 Taipei Fringe Festival
The Taipei Fringe Festival (台北藝穗節) is always far from the mainstream, providing an uncommon experience wherein art is released from the confines of the theater. The opening ceremony for the 2019 edition of the fringe will be held in Yongle Plaza (永樂廣場) in Dadaocheng (大稻埕) on August 18, while the live rehearsal will follow on August 22 in the same place and will be open for the public to reveal the secrets behind the stage curtain. For detailed information, please visit the official website of the event: www.fringefestival.taipei
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