Seven-week Taipei Arts Festival opens on July 31

NO. 22: Organizers said they feel very fortunate to be able to present the event at a time when COVID-19 has forced so many other festivals around the world to cancel

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 22, 2020
By: Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter

Taipei Art Festival curator Teng Fu-chuan, fourth left back row, Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs Deputy Commissioner Chen Yu-hsin, fifth right back row, Taipei Performing Arts Center Director Austin Wang, fourth right back row, and Taipei Art Festival staff pose for photographers at a news conference in Taipei on Wednesday to announce the line-up for this year’s festival.
Photo: CNA

The Taipei Arts Festival is to open on July 31, with this year’s theme — “Super@#$%?” — aimed at reflecting on the human pursuit for the “super” within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The concept of the “super” represents the human desire to transcend humanity, said Singaporean Teng Fu-chuan (鄧富權), who has been the festival’s curator since 2018.

With recent crises bringing to light the overconsumption of resources, the festival aims to reflect on the ramifications of that pursuit in this “post-super” state, he said.

It also seeks to continue presenting the stage as an important gathering place, he said.

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