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Taiwan: Ilha Formosa - Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26
(Complete event schedule below)

TORONTO, August 13 - Harbourfront Centre welcomes the 18th Annual Taiwanese Cultural Festival, a six-time winner of Best Cultural Event Award by the Canadian Event Industry. The 2007 Toronto version, Taiwan: Ilha Formosa, is co-produced with the Formosa Cultural Society of Ontario and the Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Society (TCCS), and celebrates Taiwan’s interpretation of diversity, rediscovers traditions and embraces the creativity of tomorrow. Ilha Formosa translates to “the beautiful island”, a name bestowed on Taiwan by Portuguese mariners in 1544.

“As the Festival continues to debate the sometimes-blurred perception of people on Taiwan, the process of Taiwanese cultural re-branding goes on,” according to Charlie Wu of the TCCS. “Culture is not just about history, tradition or ethnicity; more importantly, it is an evolution of people’s values and lifestyles. Over the past four centuries, Taiwanese culture has undoubtedly developed into a new identity.”

Taiwan: Ilha Formosa at Harbourfront Centre is part of the World Routes 2007 presented by RBC summer festival series. From August 24 to August 26, people of all cultures can enjoy “the beautiful island” through world class music acts, dance, delicate artistic exhibitions, puppet shows and the International Noodle Fair!

Kicking off the exhilarating music program on Friday is the long-awaited Toronto debut of Taiwan’s leading pop band Mayday. Other top acts include Hard Neck Hakka Band, part of the Pepsi Concert series, the popular Taiwanese rap group Freaky Dudez, plus the Taipei Yellow Stone Harmonica Ensemble performs the mini-concert Bossa Nova.

The festival also presents an in-depth retrospective and screening series from award-winning Taiwanese filmmaker Zero Chou, culminating in a very special screening of CI QING (aka SPIDER LILIES), which captured the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.

On display are stunning artistries from the many creative minds Taiwan has to offer courtesy of The National Taiwan Institute of Handcrafts. Other exhibits include 19th Century Steam Trainmodels and Puppet & Me – an historical perspective on Taiwanese puppets provided by the 2009 World Games hosting city of Kaohsiung.

Culinary enthusiasts won’t want to miss the exciting food program, with two Champion Chefs from the Taipei International Beef Noodle Festival, joined by Hakka Specialty Chefs and Gordon Ramsay’s protégé Chef Tom Lee to serve up the best culinary experience the Festival has ever offered.

For tickets or information for all Taiwan Ilha Formosa events the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com
All festival events are FREE admission (unless otherwise noted).

Taiwan: Ilha Formosa – Complete Festival Schedule

Visual Arts – All Weekend:
1:00 p.m. – Art Gallery of Taiwan: The National Taiwan Institute of Handcrafts (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Artisan Market – Hakka and Aboriginal (Sculpture Court)
Arts & Life in Kaohsiung, Host of 2009 World Games - courtesy City of Kaohsiung (Lakeside Terrace)

Friday, August 24, 2007

Music:
7:00 p.m. – Bossa Nova by Taipei Yellow Stone Harmonica Ensemble (Toronto Star Stage)
8:00 p.m. – Ticketed Concert - $48/$68 - Mayday 2007 Jump! Concert (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage formerly the Concert Stage)
Dance:
6:30 p.m. – The Shadow of Dragonfly by Ning Pu Elementary School (Toronto Star Stage)
Film:
7:30 p.m. – CORNER’S – Directed by Zero Chou (Studio Theatre)
9:30 p.m. – SCIENTIFIC TAIWAN (Studio Theatre)
Food:
6:00 p.m. – Noodles of the World (World Café)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Music:
2:00 p.m. – Bossa Nova by Taipei Yellow Stone Harmonica Ensemble (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage formerly the Concert Stage)
3:30 p.m. – Hakka Rock & Roll by Hard Neck Hakka Band (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage formerly the Concert Stage)
7:30 p.m. – Super Star by Freaky Dudez (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage formerly the Concert Stage)
9:30 p.m. – Canadian Folk Rock by Peyton Leung, Julia Lee, and Gina Lin (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage formerly the Concert Stage)
Dance:
1:00 p.m. – The Shadow of Dragonfly by Ning Pu Elementary School (Toronto Star Stage)
5:00 p.m. – Ning Pu Elementary School – Interactive activities (Toronto Star Stage)
8:30 p.m. – VYbE Dance Company & Friends (Toronto Star Stage)
Film:
1:00 p.m. – POLES EXTREMITY – Directed by Zero Chou (Studio Theatre)
3:00 p.m. – SCIENTIFIC TAIWAN (Studio Theatre)
4:30 p.m. – SPLENDID FLOAT – Directed by Zero Chou (Studio Theatre)
Interview:
6:00 p.m. – Artist Huang, An-Fu (Studio Theatre)
7:30 p.m. – Artist Huang, Tu-Shan (Studio Theatre)
9:00 p.m. – Artist Tsai, Wen-Shiun (Studio Theatre)
Food:
12:00 p.m. – Noodles of the World (World Café)
1:30 p.m. – Carving Up a Healthy Life by Chef Wu (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
4:00 p.m. – Gordon Ramsay’s Protégé by Chef Tom Lee (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
6:30 p.m. – Noodles of the World, Taiwan Beef Noodle Traditional Champion by Chef Liu (Lakeside Terrace Tent) 8:30 p.m. – Noodles of the World, Taiwan Beef Noodle Fusion Champion by Chef Chen (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
Children:
1:00 p.m. – Kids Craft – Painting (Natrel Kids Zone)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Music:
2:00 p.m. – Super Star by Freaky Dudez (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage formerly the Concert Stage)
3:30 p.m. – Bossa Nova by Taipei Yellow Stone Harmonica Ensemble (Toronto Star Stage)
4:30 p.m. – Hakka Rock & Roll - Hard Neck Hakka Band – Pepsi Concert (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage formerly the Concert Stage)
Dance:
1:30 p.m. – The Shadow of Dragonfly by Ning Pu Elementary School (Toronto Star Stage)
Film:
1:00 p.m. – VISION OF DARKNESS – Directed by Zero Chou (Studio Theatre)
2:30 p.m. – SCIENTIFIC TAIWAN (Studio Theatre)
3:30 p.m. – CI QING (aka SPIDER LILIES) – Directed by Zero Chou – (Studio Theatre)
Food:
12:00 p.m. – Noodles of the World (World Café)
1:00 p.m. – Celebrating Hakka by Chef Chen (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
3:00 p.m. – Carving Up a Healthy Life by Chef Wu (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
5:00 p.m. – Noodles of the World, Taiwan Beef Noodle Traditional Champion by Chef Liu (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
Children:
1:00 p.m. – Kids Craft – Painting (Natrel Kids Zone)

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Media Contacts:
Cary Mignault | 416-973-4655 | cmignault@harbourfrontcentre.com
Heather Lee | 905-480-9182 | hlee@taiwanfest.ca
Shane Gerard | 416-973-4518 | sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com

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