If you’re in Toronto this weekend head to Harbourfront for TAIWANfest: A Cultural Tango with Hong Kong. This three-day festival (August 26 to 28) celebrates the arts, culture and people of Taiwan and Hong Kong. Showcased will be many events including films, arts, games, story telling and family friendly activities.
Headlining on opening night, Maestro Ken Hsieh conducts a symphony orchestra performance of When Lion Rock meets Jade Mountain. This performance pays tribute to Teresa Teng and Leslie Cheung and invokes memories of when Eastern pop music was introduced to the West.
On August 27, the Friendship Picnic returns by popular demand providing friends and guests a tasty treat. The Friendship Picnic gives Canadians, unfamiliar with the culture of Taiwan or Hong Kong, the chance to speak with a first-generation Taiwanese or Chinese Canadians. They are free to ask questions and learn about the cultures over a delicious spread of food native to both cultures. Also on August 27, Utopia, Taiwan’s first ambient, electro-dance music band performs on the Concert Stage. Their unique and vibrant sound is woven with chill step, ambient pop and trip-hop.
“The Taiwanese and Chinese communities play an immense role in making Toronto one of the most diverse and culturally rich cities in the world,” says Diana Webley, Senior Artistic Associate at Harbourfront Centre. “We’re so excited to showcase Taiwan and Hong Kong side-by-side all weekend long, giving some Torontonians a taste of home and others an opportunity to learn more about some of their neighbours’ ethnic roots.”
On both Saturday and Sunday, audiences are invited to watch The International Pan-Asian Culinary Invitational: Taiwan vs. Hong Kong vs. Canada; a competition that puts Toronto’s local talent up against chefs hailing from Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Don’t miss Toronto-based local band Moonfall consisting of members from various musical backgrounds including EDM, rock, metal, pop, funk and classical. Members of the group are originally from Taiwan, Mainland China, and Hong Kong.
Throughout the Festival, the World Café will be turning out delicious food inspired by TAIWANfest, while the Lakeview Market will host vendors from all over the city.
For more information visit harbourfrontcentre.com/taiwanfest
Admission to TAIWANfest is Free
When Lion Rock meets Jade Mountain – by Maestro Ken Hsieh, August 26
‘t’ for Taiwan!, August 26 and 27
Dimension, August 27
New Generation War: The Rise of Youth Powers and Political Change in Taiwan & Hong Kong, August 27
Cosmos People, August 27
Willowdale Lane, August 27
Utopia, August 27
Taiwanese-Hakka Spirit, August 27
AIKO TOMI, August 27 and 28
Monkey Theatre, August 27 and 28
One Minute Movies, August 27 and 28
Cinematic Taiwan, August 27 and 28
Pan-Asian Culinary Invitational: Taiwan vs. Hong Kong vs. Canada, August 27 and 28
Friendship Picnic, August 27 and 28
Experience HAKKA, August 27 and 28
Hope Talk, August 27 and 28
MuUyas, August 28
Ho Deng Music Ensemble, August 28
Moonfall, August 28