The Riddu Riddu Festival, an annual international indigenous festival based in Norway, will feature Taiwan's indigenous cultures in its Northern People of the Year program this July.
Festival director Karoline Trollvik had visited several villages in Taiwan this January to learn about aboriginal traditions and their way of life. Trollvik also met with several artists, including Atayal weaver Yuma Taru (尤瑪•達陸), musician Suming (舒米恩), sculptor Sakuliu Pavavalung (撒古流•巴瓦瓦隆), and writer Ahronglong Sakinu (亞榮隆•撒可努).
In collaboration with Trees Music & Art (大大樹音樂圖像), an indie music label based in Taiwan, the Norwegian festival will host seminar and workshops featuring the aforementioned Taiwanese aboriginal artists to present music performances, sculptures, and seminars on their hunting culture for three consecutive days.
Established in 1991, Riddu Riddu invites indigenous peoples from around the world to introduce their culture and explore issues relating to ethnic identity and migration. Organizers of the festival have also participated in the annual Migration Music Festival (流浪之歌音樂節) held in Taipei by Trees Music & Art since 2004.
Riddu Riddu means "little storm on the coast,” which occurs seasonally in the Artic Circle. The festival aims to revive and strengthen the Sami culture indigenous to the Northern Troms, and it has grew from a youth camp to one of the key aboriginal festivals in the world today.
With the Sami culture and indigenous arts as its core, the festival offers a wide range of programs, including concerts, seminars, workshops, film screenings, youth camps,and creative markets for children, youths, and adults.
‘2016 Riddu Riddu Festival'
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