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TAIWANfest - August 22-24

Taiwan is a country built on the legacy of global traditions and cultures that have marked its shores. Join us for a weekend wander down the path of music, dance, art and food that invigorates the island nation.

Curatorial Statement

Myosotis (more commonly known as forget-me-not) is not a genus of flowering plants native to Taiwan—but many wonderful traditions and cultures are not native to the island. When the Dutch first discovered Formosa and Japan-born Chinese military leader Koxinga later defeated the Dutch, Taiwan's storied past began to set the stage for a vibrant and colourful future the world should never forget.

A large part of our lives today is about setting boundaries, as we have been taught to fight for the right of existence and self-determination. But a large part of our lives is also about smearing boundaries as we are urged to build bigger communities and stronger consensus.

Consequently, we have to find a higher meaning of life to combat the challenges of those paradoxes. After all, it's the ultimate love beneath these contradictions that fuels our progress and it's the endless passion behind the confrontations that inspires us in search of a better future. Without the love and passion, nothing matters.

Like Myosotis, Taiwan may be insignificant in the eyes of the world's giants. Taiwan is also reminiscent of many little stories with big aspirations around the world. Everyone matters as we always leave footprints in our paths, past, present or future. We are our own legacies and we dare the world to forget-me-not!

— Charlie Wu, Managing Director ACSEA


Harbourfront Centre Staff

William J.S. Boyle

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Fernandez

Director, Community Engagement & Activation

Rodrigo Fritz

Senior Artistic Associate/Project Coordinator

Bridget Love

Artistic Associate, Lead

Georgia Barrington

Administrative Coordinator

Nida Haroon

Administrative Assistant, Events

Andrea Strachan

Event Production Manager

Kim Trollope

Technical Director

Scott MacKay

Production Coordinator

Genevieve Peng

Volunteer Coordinator

Dorothy Szczurek

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Adriana Sabogal

Vendor Coordinator

Special Thanks to Asian Canadian Special Events Association

Charlie Wu

Managing Director

Jessica Sung

Creative Director

Wing Hsu

Design Director

Judy Chu

Executive Assistant

Leo Lin

Production Coordinator

Diana Yao

Office Manager

Cindy Tam

Finance Coordinator

Matt Yang

Project Coordinator

Wing Hsu

Design Director

Didi Hsu


A programme of the complexity and size of this 2014 festival season is only possible with the cooperation, contributions and hard work of every department and all members of the entire Harbourfront Centre staff. We extend our thanks to them all. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the dedicated Harbourfront Centre Volunteer Team who, for the past 35 years, has worked tirelessly to make all our activities possible.
* Some exceptions apply
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