Spectrum Formosus Reclaims Electronic Music for Taiwan’s Queer Community

The News Lens
Date: 2019/10/28
By: Ryan Drillsma

Photo Credit: Spectrum Formosus

A 30-minute drive from the bustling heart of Taipei, the lush green fields of Wenshan Farm will soon be refashioned into a rural respite for the art- and music-loving members of Taiwan’s LGBTQ community.

Electronic music festival Spectrum Formosus on November 1 will take over the site for the third year running, in celebration of the queer identity and creative ingenuity. In addition to panels and workshops from some of the country’s breakout performance artists, the festival will feature drag shows, outdoor cinema, voguing catwalks, and a roster of top international DJs.

Spectrum Formosus is the brainchild of Smoke Machine, the organizer of the world-renowned Organik Music Festival that has been at the forefront of Taiwan’s techno underground. Both a record label and event organizer, the company recently embarked on a world tour to celebrate a decade of success in the music business.

This year, Smoke Machine decided to broaden Spectrum’s scope and collaborate with queer collectives from Hong Kong, Beijing, Chengdu, Hanoi, and Tokyo. The resulting experience will be a symposium for shared visions and values to help build a community reaching beyond borders, according to the organizer.    [FULL  STORY]

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