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TAIWANfest History 2017


The festive staple of toasting is ubiquitous and nearly every culture has its own variation on this gesture of goodwill. Whether it is the French “Santé”, German “Prost”, Scandinavian “Skål” or others, toasting and merrymaking go hand in hand. But at that split second when the glasses clink, a solitary sound amidst the festivities, one …

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TAIWANfest History 2016


TAIWANfest echoed Canada’s diverse values in 2016, launching the Dialogues with Asia series: a five year plan to feature a different Asian culture each year. Through various artistic and intercultural exchange, each year is an opportunity for a new community to self determine and self express their connections to Taiwan, Canada, and the world. Against …

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TAIWANfest History 2015


What would be different for you today had some long distant ancestor made a different decision? What will be the impact on future generations of the choices you make today? In 2015 TAIWANfest explored this complex idea, reminding us all that even inaction will cause ripples across the fabric of time and space. History – …

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TAIWANfest History 2014


TAIWANfest celebrated its 25th Anniversary in Vancouver. The festival used the flower Myosotis, a non-Taiwan native plant, to show the foreign influences on the island and to set the stage for a vibrant, colourful and ever-evolving culture today. Like Myosotis, Taiwan may be insignificant in the eyes of the world’s giants; Taiwan is also reminiscent …

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TAIWANfest History 2013


Culture is the acronym for the lifestyles in a civilization; it is beyond just stories of the past and the customs of the ancestors. The wisdom found beneath a culture truly embodies the foundation of the future and constantly steers the formation of a new culture. While earth’s global ocean is the largest confirmed surface on all …

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TAIWANfest History 2012


Continuing the direction of changing the stereotypes of society, TAIWANfest is prepared to start a new dialogue on Canada’s multifaceted lifestyles between the new immigrants and Canadians who have been here for generations. Lifestyles encompass the arts in taste, sounds and sights, the ways we live, move and communicate, and the beliefs in spiritualities, physicality …

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TAIWANfest History 2011


As an immigrant nation, Canada prides itself on values of diversity and benefits from our country’s cultural harmony. Taiwan, an island nation, has its share of stereotypes due to the complexity of its history. A hot spot of energy and connectivity, the influxes of various cultures have not only impacted the formation of the new …

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TAIWANfest History 2010


When Vancouver entered the Year 2010,the whole world set sights on Canada; when City of Vancouver challenged TAIWANfest to carry the torch of celebrations from the Winter Olympics, the Taiwanese Community in Vancouver answered the call. Ironically, it is the same old dream that most of us all have – a dream to show and …

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TAIWANfest History 2009


“A New Journey” was the theme for 2009 TELUS TAIWANfest. This 20-year-old festival not only celebrated the milestone with the “wedding-inspired” theme, it also took on a new vision that expanded the artistic mandate, engaged diverse communities and committed to the environment for the festival’s present and the future. As the largest English/Mandarin bilingual festival …

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TAIWANfest History 2008


Inspired by the multi-cultural aspects of Canada, the programming of 2008 TELUS TaiwanFest : World in an Island explored Taiwan’s ever-evolving identity through its many influences in history, such as the Dutch, Japanese, Canadian and Aboriginal, and how these influences have contributed to the development of the island. The festival showcased multifaceted and vibrant culture …

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