TAIWANfest 2018 is making its annual return to downtown Vancouver this Labour Day weekend.
Continuing the Dialogues with Asia series, this year’s event celebrates a ‘Fête with the Philippines.’
From Saturday, September 1 to Monday, September 3, 2018, visitors of the festival will be able to experience some of the untold stories connecting Taiwan and the Philippines through live music and performances, food, fashion, film, workshops, and even a culinary competition.
Sundays in Taiwan with Mario Subeldia
Mario Subeldia is Taiwan’s first Filipino migrant artist and the face of AFACE, an arts and fashion charity event.
Subeldia has made an iconic mark as an artist, using the National Taiwan Museum as a catwalk and the historic Yingxi Gate in Hsinchu City as backdrops for community-led initiatives and photoshoots.
He now leads the Filipino community in Taiwan to new heights as they strut their stuff with fashion shows, charity auctions, and art exhibitions on their Sundays off.
Let’s Savour Taiwan with Yen-Chun Lu
Food and storytelling have both been lifelong obsessions for Taiwanese artist Yen-Chun Lu, especially when it comes to organic, environmentally friendly and eco-farmed foods.
Travelling across Taiwan and discovering the stories of dozens of local farmers and their green efforts, Lu was inspired to share their stories and help others learn to savour the tastes and tales of her beloved Taiwan.
Visitors can now experience the food and fable, curated personally by Lu.
The International Pan-Asian Culinary Invitational
The International Pan-Asian Culinary Invitational (IPACI) returns to TAIWANfest this year, showcasing the endlessly evolving and dynamic world of pan-Asian cuisine.
Last year’s champion was Filipino-Canadian chef Mark Singson – pre-empting this year’s TAIWANfest theme and jumping ahead to compete in season six of Top Chef Canada.
The Auba Rukai Children’s Choir
The award-winning Auba Rukai Children’s Choir come from the Taiwanese indigenous Rukai tribe.
In this modernized world, the tribe relies on choir to not only be an engaging extracurricular activity but also a way for their children to learn their ancestral language and traditional culture.
The kids will be in downtown Vancouver all weekend, performing alongside at the Vancouver Art Gallery Main Stage as well as exhibiting and sharing their cultural crafts in free workshops and sharing their stories.
A TAIWANfest staple, the Hope Talk series returns with a lineup of deeply inspiring speakers.
Speakers include author-in-exile Bei Ling, who will be discussing the meaning of “home” and his curated collection of “China’s Forbidden Books,” genetic scientist Tse-Yi Wang with the hidden stores locked away in our DNA, reporter and writer Asuka Lee, and many others.
TAIWANfest Fun Stop
With so many stories to discover, where to begin?
Visitors can check out the TAIWANfest Fun Stop to pick up a game card and explore some of the best that the festival has to offer. Those who collect all the stops of the festival and return their card will have a chance to bring a part of the festival home with them.
As always, the entire event is free-to-attend for all ages.
The festival runs at the Vancouver Art Gallery in downtown Vancouver from Saturday, September 1 to Monday, September 3, 2018.
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
When: Saturday, September 1 to Monday, September 3, 2018
Admission: Free of charge
Daily Hive is a proud Community Sponsor of this event