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National University of the Arts (TNUA) has been relocated to Kuandu area for 36 years. We have supported and educated generations of outstanding art expressions and professionals over decades. Besides educational works, TNUA also aspires to exercise its social responsibilities to the local area.

Since 2015, TNUA collaborates with local entities and organizations, including Kuandu Temple, ASUS, Tzu-Chi and DaAi TV, and Guandu Nature Park, as well as local residents in Kuandu and Yide neighborhoods to organize our own festival.

Theme: My River, My Home

Basin is about time and space.
Collective memories in the common area grow along the river in our community

Theme this year, My River My Home, invites everyone to review our community and coexistence experiences with waterways. We represent the close connections between river and community in artistic ways. After decades of changes in environment, industry and population, we are still tightly connected to water. Histories, memories and stories help us realize how Kuandu is influenced by Tamsui River. We can also reflect on how important water is to modern life. This is a festival that highlights local features, community awareness, and human relationship, in order to build a sustainable lifestyle among river, nature and people.

Schedule

     
Program
TimeContentLocation
09:00-12:00Boat Ride along Keelung River
09:00-12:00Parade Zhixing Road, Beitou District, Taipei City
10:00-16:30Market Guandu Riverside Park Plaza
09:00-12:00PerformanceGuandu Riverside Park Plaza

Transportation

Bus: Take shuttle buss at Exit 1 of MRT Kuandu Station
Bike: Take U-Bike at Exit 1 of MRT Kuandu Station, return the bike at Kuandu Nature Park station, and walk to Kuandu Riverside Park Plaza.

Notice: Traffic will be controlled from 09:00 to 13:00 on the day for parade. Please take public transportation or walk to the events.

Program Introduction

Parade for all

09:00-12:00/ Zhixing Road and along Keelung River

The festival aggregates all connections to Kuandu, as Tamsui River basin does. This parade includes boat rides and street performances, and all four routes will converge on Kuandu Riverside Park Plaza.

Art and handcraft market

10:00-16:30/Kuandu Riverside Park Plaza

This unique market in Kuandu invites local organizations and TNUA alumni to showcase their creativity and ingenuity. Welcome families to experience local culture and creative lifestyle.

Professional performances

12:00-16:30/ Guandu Riverside Park Plaza

After the parade, professional performers will deliver a series of artistic and cultural performances at Guandu Riverside Park Plaza for all participants.

Parallel Events

Guandu Passport

Guandu Passport offers best food and tour options for your trip in October in Guandu. After collecting seven different stamps, you can exchange a festival present from 13:00 to 16:00 on October 27th.

Period: From October 1st to October 27th in Guandu area

Art performances in public spaces

Art performances in public spaces connect the festival with daily life.

Time and Location:
October 5th (Fri): Sun Yat-sen Cancer Center
October 13th (Sat): Guandu Nature Park
October 17th (Wed): Guandu Hospital

Flash performances

The festival and Taipei International Birdwatching Fair engage with the public in different parts in Taipei, and invite everyone to participate on October 27th.

Time and Location:
Flash performances on street in Taipei
For details, visit festival website and Facebook page.

Kayaking Experiences

Introduce water sports with basic kayaking tips and games to rediscover relationship between river and daily life.

Session:
09/29 (Sat) 09:00-12:00
10/06 (Sat) 09:00-12:00
10/13 (Sat) 09:00-12:00
10/20 (Sat) 09:00-12:00

Location: Taipei University of Marine Technology

Note:
Open to everyone from 7 to 70 years old.
$1,500 per person
For details, visit https://goo.gl/W9BWX5

River Ride

The festival and Taipei Cruise Company invite everyone to appreciate Guandu area on Tamsui River with historical and ecological stores.

Session: 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 on October 27th (Sat)
Location: Register at Taipei Cruise Company booth in the market, and board at Guandu Pier
Note: $150 per person with Guandu Passport. For details, visit festival website

Guandu Drawing Competition

Visit Guandu, have fun, draw your observations of Guandu riverside and join the competition.

Time and Location: 10:00-17:00 on October 27th
Report to service desk in the market
Draw in Guandu area only
Note: Open to all primary school students in Taiwan
To register, visit:https://goo.gl/forms/cHApBXAEHuV246tC2

Open Studio Day in Autumn

Explore local area with artists, community groups and ecological instructors.

Time and Location:13:00-19:00 at Bamboo Curtain Studio on October 20th (Sat) and October 21st (Sun)

Note: For event series from September 23rd to October 21st, visit Bamboo Curtain Studio website/Facebook page.

Guandu International Nature Art Festival

Theme “Live Happily Ever After?”, it offers a critical perspective on human-centered mindsets, and imagine a sustainable future for co-existence.

Time and Location: 09:00-17:00 at Guandu Nature Park on October 13th (Sat) and October 14th (Sun), Guandu Passport stamps are available on these two days.

Note: $30 per person

For details, visit www.guandu-natureart.tw

Free entry for Shilin District and Beitou District residents with ID

Taipei International Birdwatching Fair

Themed “A Bird’s-Eye View of Taipei”, it invites everyone to review Taipei from a wild bird’s perspective, and rethink how our behaviors influence environmental changes.

Time and Location: 09:00-16:30 at Kuandu Nature Park on October 27th (Sat), Kuandu Passport stamps are available on the days.

Note: Free entry

For details, visit http://birdfair.org.tw/