Supported by the Ministry of Culture (MOC), the Taiwan Cultural Center in Paris launched a French webpage "Taiwan in Avignon," presenting the works of Taiwanese artists and troupes who have performed at the "OFF Festival" between 2016 and 2019, in Avignon, France.
The website enables viewers from all over the world to understand more about the strengths and potential of the selected works. It provides background information on the artists and their works, as well as introduce the festival through a series of videos.
A total of 16 works performed by 18 artists are showcased under the categories - theater, dance, puppets, circus, mime – with titles including "Play Me," "Floating Flowers (飄花)," "As Four Step (作為四步)," "Already seen (已經看過了)," "Rabies (狂犬病)," "The move to Lo-Jin (遷往羅晉)," "Wu Song, the winner of the tiger (虎頭蛇尾武松)," "Distance (距離)," "How Long Is Now? (現在多久了?)" "Mamma Luna," "The Reincarnation Potion (輪迴藥水)," "Mr Rurau’s Garden (魯拉魯先生的花園)," "The Birth (誕生)."
Founded in 1947, "Avignon Festival" is held annually in the French city of Avignon every summer in July in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes, as well as other locations of the city. It is a month-long event dedicated to all elements of performing arts, including parades, theaters, concerts, story-telling, and circus routines.
In 1998, a total of eight traditional Taiwanese troupes were invited by Bernard Faivre d'Arcier, the director of the Avignon Festival, to perform at the event for the first time and they were well-received by the global professionals. Following this success, MOC and Taiwan Cultural Center in Paris began to select and organize Taiwanese performing groups to attend the "OFF Festival" since 2007.