Passport to Taiwan, the first and the largest festival celebrating Taiwan's culture in the UK, will return to Manchester this year on Sept. 30.
Organized by the Manchester Taiwanese Association, the festival will kick off at 11am in St. Peter's House with the theme "Taiwan Day” to celebrate Taiwan's diverse and unique culture.
This year, Passport to Taiwan will offer a wide range of events encompassing live performances, exhibitions, and street markets to introduce Taiwanese music, crafts, art, and food to British festivalgoers.
The live performances will include music by April Red. Consisting of DJ Code and singer Shao (少詩), April Red is an electronic music duo best known for its psychedelic music and Shao's penetrating and soulful voice.
Another artist who will join Passport to Taiwan this year is Suming, an Amis singer-songwriter who has written songs for numerous artists. He won the 2016 Golden Melody Award for Song of the Year with "Aka pisawad,” the theme song of award-winning feature "Panay (Wawa No Cidal).”
Other exciting performances will include traditional performing arts by Wen Hua Junior High School puppetry troupe, Fo Guang Shan Children Lion Dance Troupe, and Taiwan's ubiquitous Electric-Techno Neon Gods.
There will also be a showcase of artworks by ceramist Chen Wen-hsi (陳文曦), who participated in an artist-in-residence program in the UK last year.
In addition, a photography exhibition will offer glimpses of Taiwan's aboriginal tribes, cultures, and traditions through the lens of Beinan photographers Varanuvan Mavaliw and Pungiya Kao (高信宗).
The festival will also offer Taiwanese food such as bubble tea, grass jelly, and street snacks for visitors to taste the culture of Taiwan.
The Taiwanese festival was held for the first time last year by the Manchester Taiwanese Association, attracting roughly 3,000 visitors to experience Taiwan's vibrant culture through a myriad of activities.
‘Passport to Taiwan'