Taipei This October: Nuit Blanche, Film Festival, And World Music Festival
Get ready for a bunch of exciting events in Taipei this October! There are a range of festivals on offer throughout the month which means you'll never run out of things to do and see.
October 6-10 | Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival
The oldest and longest running festival of its kind in Asia, the Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival (TIEFF) is a triumph of both talent and creativity you will not want to miss. Only the crème de la crème of “personal, observational, experimental, reflexive, and sensory styles of ethnographic” films have been selected, providing audiences with a spirited selection of works from both established and lesser-known directors. There are forty-two films from twenty countries to catch over four days, so check the website and schedule for more details.
October 7 | Nuit Blanche
Originating in France, Nuit Blanche is a night-long arts festival held to bring the contemporary arts to the people. People can roam freely in and out of art galleries and cultural institutions at will, encouraging an atmosphere where viewing art is seen as accessible activity, and not just a pleasure reserved for the few to enjoy. Although Taipei’s homage doesn’t last all night, what it lacks in length, it more than makes up in volume of artworks, live music, and creative performances. Best of all, entry is free! Click onto their website or Facebook page for the deets.
October 13-15 | Taipei Art Book Fair & Herb 2017
Held at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, the Taipei Art Book Fair & Herb is a huge fair featuring local and international art books and zines, bookshops, publishing groups, and the creatives behind the works. This is the second year the event is being held, following its win for “Best Concept Exhibition/Event” from the Surface Design Association. The theme for 2017’s fair is “Herbs”, a theme which should attract some interesting works to browse through. Get more info here.
October 20-22 | World Music Festival
From Friday to Sunday, Dajia Riverside Park will become filled with the serene sounds of world music as the World Music Festival takes place. The two stages, the Earth Stage and the Island Stage, will feature back to back world music sets from artists hailing from England, Spain, Ireland, Korea, South Africa, and of course, Taiwan. There’s also the opportunity to expand your mind and skills by attending various workshops and lectures. For more info, and to get your tickets, visit the official website.
October 28 | 15th Annual LGBT Pride Parade
Show your love and support for all of your LGBTQ+ buddies by attending Taipei’s 15th Annual Pride Parade. Taipei boasts the largest pride parade in the whole of Asia, so you can expect a mammoth turnout (last year’s event attracted a cool 80,000 participants!). Unlike some pride parades which require spectators to stand on the sidelines, absolutely everyone is on action in Taipei’s. So gear up for some good vibes and a whole lot of color, 2017’s parade is going to be on a whole other level! Check out the Facebook event page here.