From improv shows to scooter parades, Taipei stages series of cultural events


TAIPEI — Over 100 events are being held around Taipei until Sept. 30 to promote design as part of the city’s efforts to become the World Design Capital in 2016, the organizers said Sunday.

The 2013 Meet Taipei Design series, which kicked off Aug. 1, includes workshops, lectures, exhibitions, performing arts shows, and other creative events at over 100 venues such as studios, coffee shops and schools, according to Taipei’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

Liu Wei-gong, commissioner of the department, said at a press conference Sunday that his department launched a series of activities last year to bring Taipei closer to its goal of becoming the world’s design capital.

“We hope more Taipei citizens and visitors to the city will fully experience the talent of Taipei designers,” Liu said.

Mei Li of the improvisation dance troupe Ku and Dancers, which is participating in the events, told CNA her group will hold workshops in September to teach the public about contact improvisation dance and invite them to join its performances.

“The dance aims to bridge the distance between people,” Li said, adding that the dance form can also help people relax their bodies and bond more closely with the environment.

Meanwhile, a group of scooter riders carrying balloons will hit the streets each week to cheer up other riders who have the “Monday blues,” while an illustrator plans to install different emoticons on streets and alleys to encourage people to communicate with the city, the organizers said.

An art team will also set up an archaeology site near the Yuan-shan Site so that the public can experience the excavation of a historic site.

The events have drawn the participation of close to 200 shops, studios, schools and groups.

The World Design Capital designation will be announced in November.