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Discover Taiwan’s rich legacy at TAIWANfest (August 22-24)

TORONTO, ON (August 5, 2014) – From August 22 through 24, Harbourfront Centre hosts TAIWANfest, a weekend-long celebration of Taiwanese arts and cultural heritage. This year’s theme, “Forget Me Not” will explore Taiwan’s culture as influenced by all those who have touched their shores, from the Japanese to the Dutch. Over the course of the weekend, visitors to TAIWANfest will discover how these influences have been filtered through the lens of Taiwanese culture and into their present-day experience through food, music and performance.

Master chefs from Canada and Taiwan will duke it out to create the ultimate dish in the Rice vs. Noodle battle, honouring those delicious starches that are staples in kitchens around the world. If that doesn’t tempt the taste buds, the Taiwanese Banquet will impress with samples of over 30 delicious dishes, including the infamous Taiwanese chicken nuggets, oyster omelets, and Taiwanese beef noodle soup.

Music is often a window into the cultural climate. TAIWANfest is pleased to showcase contemporary music from the likes of The Village Armed Youth, Deserts Chang and Fire Ex; bands that represent the unbridled spirit of this island nation. This Taiwanese trifecta will perform pieces that demonstrate the significant role music has played in the recent social movements in Taiwan.

“As Taiwanese, so much of our lives today are about setting boundaries as we have been taught to fight for the right of existence and self-determination. We are constantly shifting boundaries as we are urged to build bigger communities and maintain a stronger consensus,” explains Charlie Wu, Guest Artistic Associate for TAIWANfest. “Consequently, we have to find a higher meaning of life to combat the challenges of those paradoxes. After all, it's the ultimate love beneath these contradictions that fuel our progress.”

TAIWANfest at Harbourfront Centre invites Torontonians of all backgrounds to explore the wonder and beauty of these contradictions, and experience the majesty of cultures coming together. This interactive weekend is filled with plenty of can’t-miss events, covering everything from culinary to visual and performing arts.

Festival highlights include:

Symphony of Movies - Celebration of Taiwanese Film Makers with renowned conductor Ken Hsieh
Pili Puppetry Fashion Live demonstrates how an old tradition has connected with the high tech world
Rice vs. Noodle - witness one of the most intriguing battles in the culinary world
• Plus much more!


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MEDIA CONTACT
Sarah Cooper
Office: 416-973-4655 | Cell: 416-523-1240
scooper@harbourfrontcentre.com


TAIWANfest Lineup

HIGHLIGHTS:

Pili Puppetry Fashion Live
Friday, August 22 – Sunday August 24
Friday, August 22, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m, and 5:00 p.m. to 5:30p.m.–Studio Theatre
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. to 4:30p.m. – Studio Theatre
While the animated world has entertained our lives in more ways than we can imagine, the Pili Puppetry from Taiwan shows you how this old tradition has connected with our high tech world. Get ready for the Pili Puppetry Fashion Live where history, imagination and technology share the stage together.

Symphony of Movies
Friday, August 22, 2014 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Taiwan is blessed with many great story tellers. From stories of the indigenous to the newcomers, Taiwanese film directors always find ways to live in our hearts. To pay tributes to the likes of Ang Lee, TAIWANfest welcomes back again renowned conductor Ken Hsieh, to present Symphony of Movies.

Rice vs. Noodle
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday August 24 – Brigantine Room
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Witness one of the most intriguing battles in the culinary world, Rice vs. Noodle. Both rice and noodle are known as the staples of the Taiwanese diet. Which side are you on? This year, we are proud to invite Chef Chi-Wen Chen - the noodle chef, Chef Chien-Tien Huang - the rice chef, and the winner of Chef Corner Jr., coming from Vancouver, B.C. to perform on our cooking demo stage with our chefs from Taiwan!

FOOD:

Bubble Tea Lounge
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24 – Lakeside Terrace
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Come enjoy your bubble tea in our resting lounge, and allow your friends to sing some karaoke! Do you think your voice is good enough to win a cup of bubble tea?

Taiwanese Banquet
Friday, August 22 – Sunday, August 24 – World Café
Friday, August 22, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Food and cuisine are a huge component of Taiwanese culture; each dish offers a taste of Taiwan. Through the ingredients and the chef’s expression, the food speaks for itself when presented in front of the audience. Come to TAIWANfest and experience over 30 unique plates of Taiwanese and international cuisine. Dishes include the infamous Taiwanese chicken nuggets, oyster omelets, Taiwanese jumbo dumplings, and much more. Come enjoy food that has rocked the streets and the taste buds of many!

MUSIC:

tBand & Moonfall
Friday, August 22, 2014 from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
tBand was founded in 2010 by Taiwanese music enthusiasts from the Taiwanese Canadian Association of Toronto. Covering mostly Taiwanese punk rock and other indie music, the band has performed at numerous Taiwanese community events. Moonfall, a new name in Toronto’s music scene, combine artists from Taiwan, Mainland China, and Hong Kong, creating diversity in their music.

OMG Karaoke
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24 – Lakeside Terrace
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Karaoke, derived from Japan, is a leisure activity that is loved by many Taiwanese. Come enjoy a bubble tea in our resting lounge, and listen to your friends sing karaoke! Do you think your voice is good enough to win a cup of bubble tea? Throughout the day, there will be different games and activities, come by and earn some prizes!

Ho Deng Music Ensemble
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
The Ho Deng Ensemble will be performing familiar tunes from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China, with traditional Chinese instruments.

The Elite Artist Trio
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday August 24
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
The Elite Artists Trio is one of the most sought after chamber music groups in Taiwan with a reputation for stimulating performances breadth of repertoire and exceptional audience rapport. Founded by three accomplished artists, they bring a dynamic range of musicianship to the performing stage through their instruments, violin, viola and piano. Come watch their Canadian debut at TAIWANfest.

Allegro Choir – Heartbeat of Taiwan
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Comprising of students and alumni from University of Toronto, the Allegro Choir performs on the Redpath Stage.

Moulann – Forever Formosa
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Moulann, local singer-songwriter and composer, performs her melodic originals.

Music for Taiwan Concert featuring The Village Armed Youth, Deserts Chang and Fire EX
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
The Village Armed Youth, Deserts Chang and Fire EX perform and honour the significant role music has played in the history of social change in Taiwan.

The Village Armed Youth – Where is Happiness?
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
The Village Armed Youth Band is proactive in expressing opinions through their music. Enjoy their Canadian debut on the Redpath Stage.

Fire EX - Goodnight Taiwan
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Pop-punk band Fire EX brings its passion, energy and enthusiasm to the WestJet Stage.

WORKSHOPS:

Scarecrow DIY with Home & Iris
Saturday August 23 – Sunday, August 24 – HarbourKIDS Tent
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Have you been pestered by crows or unwanted birds in your garden? Have you ever wondered about how to make your own scarecrow? Home and Iris, The Lazy Farmers from Taiwan, will be hosting workshops on how to make a scarecrow with your own personal flare. Keep those unwanted birds out of your garden for good!

Easy Lifestyle – the Tzu Chi way
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24 – Boulevard Tent
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Given that the Tzu Chi organization is known as one of the world's most important relief organizations, members of Tzu Chi practice their beliefs in their everyday lives. From environment, culture, education to medicine, Tzu Chi members are always willing to share the wisdom and the teachings of Master Cheng Yen. Enjoy workshops for floral arrangement, soap making, tea making as well as learning how sign language can be so beautiful when performed with Chinese classical string instruments.

Home & Iris – The Lazy Farmers
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24 – Miss Lou’s Room
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The two Lazy Farmers from Taiwan, Home and Iris, come to TAIWANfest to share their ways of lazy farming.


Pili Puppetry – Behind the Scenes Talk
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Members of the Pili Puppetry group will share their stories from behind-the-scenes, the evolution from traditional glove puppetry to the modern-day Pili Puppetry, and much more. Be sure to check out the phenomenon that has amazed so many people!

FILM:

The Legend of the Sacred Stone
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. – Studio Theatre
The Legend of the Sacred Stone, Pili Puppetry’s first movie is a story that takes place in a 400-year span. Within the movie the status of Wulin (the world of Kung Fu) is threatened by the antagonist, as he threatens to destroy the world. Su Huan-Chen, the superhero of the Pili world is about to begin his journey to save the world...

The Legend of Sacred Stones – Behind the Scenes
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24 – Studio Theatre
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Behind the scenes footage from Pili Puppetry’s first movie, The Legend of the Sacred Stone.

Saving Brahmas (Short Film)
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Yi Ye Shu, one of the main characters in Pili Puppetry, has been captured by a cult, and is about to be used as a sacrifice for their rituals. His faithful friends, the righteous bunch, race against time as they find a way to rescue him before it is too late.

ART EXHIBITIONS:

Artisan Fair
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24 – North Exhibition Commons
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
The arts have always been a significant outlet to express culture. Part of TAIWANfest’s mandate is to provide a platform for people to share and learn, while fostering new ideas or artistic expressions. TAIWANfest's artisan fair will provide a spotlight on exciting creative minds.

We Are Canadians Too
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24 – Ontario Square
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
We Are Canadians Too is a large static photo exhibition in Ontario Square curated to change people’s perception of Taiwanese Canadians contributions to Canada. We Are Canadians Too will foster a greater understanding of the vibrancy of Canadian diversity. The twenty-five Taiwanese-Canadians showcased in the installation are age 40 or under and have integrated into the Canadian way of life.

Scarecrow Madness
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24 – Ontario Square
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
An exhibit by Home, from the Lazy Farmers, who has made scarecrows into works of art, with a unique personality and story behind each one!

Pili Puppetry Exhibition
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24 – Marilyn Brewer Community Space
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Like the superheroes of the West, Pili Puppetry has its own cast of characters destined to protect humanity. Don't miss this opportunity to meet these superheroes of the East at TAIWANfest.

OTHER:

Super Taiwanese Pinball
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24 – South Orchard
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Pinball, a beloved game played by many, has the objective to gain as many points as possible by hitting the objects on the gaming table. Ever enjoyed the great game of pinball on your phone, or at your local arcade? A super-sized Taiwanese Pinball machine is coming to Harbourfront Centre! This life-size pinball machine will bring excitement to your family and friends!!

Big or Small?
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24 – South Orchard
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
TAIWANfest is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the comeback of Big or Small, a famous game from 2002-2009. Big or Small is played with 2 dices, a group of friends, and involves countless hours of fun. Participants must use their instincts to predict the numbers on two die. Combined will the two numbers be either big, 8 to 12, or small, 2 to 7?

TCM Experience by Tzu Chi
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24 – Brigantine Tent
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Aches and pains? Questions about your well-being? The Tzu-Chi foundation and its traditional Chinese medicine practitioners are back at TAIWANfest to provide free consultations for you. Traditional Chinese Medicine continues to help many through its usage of natural ingredients and remedies.

Hsing-Ho Chen – The Sun Chaser
Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24 – Redpath Stage
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hsing-Ho Chen is one of four Taiwanese performers who have been members of Cirque Du Soleil. Appearing in over 400 performances with Cirque Du Soleil in the production of “KA”, Chen specializes in contact juggling. As he performs with crystals balls he will dazzle and amaze the audience.

VENDORS:

Lake View Market
Friday August 15 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 - Lake View Market
Friday, August 15, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 12 noon to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m.
Located at the heart of Harbourfront Centre's festivals, the Lake View Market is a cosmos of the worldliness in Toronto. Visitors can browse and shop a wide range of interesting clothing, housewares, artifacts and products as part of the full Harbourfront Centre experience.

World Café
Friday, August 15, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 12 noon to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m.
The World Café is an extension of some of the busiest kitchens in the GTA – and an important complement to the summer festival season at Harbourfront Centre.


MEDIA CONTACT
Sarah Cooper
Office: 416-973-4655 | Cell: 416-523-1240
scooper@harbourfrontcentre.com
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