aiwanese expression through art is a mixture of traditional and contemporary, Eastern and Western, local, aboriginal and international and is also inﬂuenced by past rules of other cultures such as Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. Taiwan’s artists in both the visual and performing arts are exploring different approaches and developing Taiwan’s own unique styles. This festival will showcase its aboriginal cultural, traditional folk culture, modern and popular arts.
he origin of indigenous peoples of Taiwan is still debated. It is certain that they belong to the family of Austronesian peoples. Therefore Taiwan aboriginals are different from Han Chinese and rather similar to Polynesians, Malays and Filipinos. Today a quite popular theory argues that Taiwan is the original “home” of all the Austronesian people. The view is that aboriginal people may have been living in Taiwan, almost undisturbed, for thousand of years. There are 14 officially recognized tribes with individual and unique music, dance, sculpture, fashion, and language. The festival will house visiting aboriginal performers showcasing the way of life of the first Taiwanese known.
Traditional folk culture
raditional handicrafts such as paper cutting, knotting, and dough figuring sculpture continue to be fairly common in Taiwan. Calligraphy is the most appreciated form of all Chinese arts. Some say it contains the essence of Chinese culture. Calligraphy comes in many styles. The characters may be carefully and neatly written, or described with flourish. The characters may also be presented to emphasize their meaning. A work of calligraphy evokes different responses from each viewer. Calligraphy is said to bring peace of mind and inner tranquility, elevate one spiritually, and promote the ability to observe and make judgments. It is also said to enhance perseverance and willpower. Taiwan Festival will exhibit some calligraphy works with live demonstrations.
There are many apprentice-oriented folk arts traditional performing arts such as dragon and lion dancing (舞龍舞獅), Techno Prince Nezha parade (電音三太子), acrobatic and martial arts (武術表演), Haka cultural performance (客家文化表演). Taiwan Festival will give Brisbane a taste of all these unique performing arts. The dance parade of Third Prince Li Nezha, a deity in Chinese mythology in the form of a young warrior fighting demons, has long been part of the raucous performances at temple carnivals in Chinese communities. The growing popularity of the Techno Prince Nezha Dance Parade in Taiwan has sparked keen interest from foreign researchers interested in Taiwan’s culture.