What's on in Taiwan this Weekend (12/2-4)

What's on in Taiwan this Weekend (12/2-4)
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Festivals

A Simple Day / Dec. 3-4 / Huashan 1914 Creative Park

A Simple Day is a two-day event for local artists and creative talent to showcase their work. It includes musical performances and three markets selling fresh produce, food and handcrafted products. Performers include Taiwanese rock singer and songwriter Luantan Ascent (亂彈阿翔), French band Grandblanc, and Norwegian electronic music group Koèju.

A Simple Day launched in Taipei in 2006, and the first Simple Day festival in Shanghai was held in 2014.

Music

Kaohsiung City Wind Orchestra: Classical Animation Music Concert / Dec. 4 / Kaohsiung City Art and Culture Center

The Kaohsiung City Wind Orchestra will perform memorable soundtracks written by Joe Hisaishi from Hayao Miyazaki’s animated films. The audience can relive their childhood memories as the orchestra performs suites from the soundtracks of “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,” “Spirited Away” and “Howl’s Moving Castle” among many others. This is the first of five concerts; the orchestra will also perform in Tainan and Taipei in the weeks to come.

Nuevo Tango Ensemble Nocturno Asia Tour / Dec. 3 / Eslite Performance Hall, Taipei City

Italian jazz pianist Pasquale Stefano and bandoneon (an Italian concertina) player Gianni Iorio will perform in Taipei as part of their Asia tour this weekend. The duo founded the Nuevo Tango Ensemble in 1990, and have performed at jazz festivals all over the world. Their most recent performances include the Cracjazz Festival in Poland and at the Guri Art Hall in Seoul. They last performed in Taiwan in 2014.

Mystik Night / Dec. 3 / Korner, Taipei City

Fans of underground dance music can head to Taipei’s techno club Korner this weekend where the club brings in DJs from Mystik, a techno club in Seoul and one of Asia’s highest rated clubs. Mystik resident DJs Antwork and Magico, along with Taiwanese DJs Al Burro, Toska will be performing Saturday night.

Exhibitions

Golden Pin Design Awards / Nov. 25 - Apr. 23, 2017 / Songshan Cultural and Creative Park

The Golden Pin Design Awards is Taiwan’s oldest design award and a celebration of Chinese designers. This years’ exhibit includes winners of the award from Chinese designers all over the world. The exhibition includes designs from different fields, such as product design, package design and typography among others.

Movies

Moonrise Kingdom / Dec. 4 / Kaohsiung Public Library / Comedy / PG-12

Set in the 1960s on an island off the coast of New England, "Moonrise Kingdom" tells the story of 12-year-old orphan Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) and Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward), also 12, who decide to run away together after falling in love. Written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, this 2012 film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. The film also stars Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton

"Moonrise Kingdom" was never officially screened in Taiwan, and fans of Wes Anderson will get a chance to enjoy Anderson’s distinctive color palettes, symmetrical framing, and humorous narrative on the screen this weekend in Kaohsiung. Tickets can be found here.

Taiwan European Film Festival / Oct. 27 - Jan. 22, 2017 / 30 locations across Taiwan

The festival features 16 free screenings of European films and includes films from each of the European nations. The films will be screened at various locations across Taiwan, including the National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University, Alliance Francais de Taïwan (Taipei) among others. All films will be screened with Chinese and English subtitles.

Editor: Olivia Yang