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Taipei children's arts festival to kick off in July

2012/06/17 17:14:54

Taipei, June 17 (CNA) An annual children's arts festival will begin July 2 in Taipei, as it seeks to develop local children's imagination and appreciation for art, organizers said recently.

The festival, held under the theme "Explore Life through a Whole New Perspective," will include an exhibition, film screenings and workshops, as well as a diverse lineup of local and international performances ranging from dance and music to theater and circus acts.

One of the highlights of the festival is an exhibition of five rooms, each decorated by a different artist using animation, 3-D installations, audio, comics and puppets to construct a fairytale scene.

The "Rabbit Hole, Open up!" exhibition, inspired by the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland that led Alice to a fantasy world, leaves blanks in the story to encourage children to use their imagination to develop their own fairy tales, said the organizers.

The festival will also display animation created by both Australian aboriginal artists and children from around the world to expose children to different cultural ideas, said the organizers.

"The hope is that art will be the medium through which the next generation can be given an all encompassing, enriching and more extensive world outlook," Liu Wei-gong, commissioner of the Taipei City government's Department of Cultural Affairs, said in an online statement.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said the festival aims to "inspire children to think outside the box and discover various possibilities in the unknown through participation in art."

The exhibition and film-screenings will be held July 3- Aug. 5 at the Treasure Hill Artist Village. Admission is free. Over 60 other performances will also be available at no cost to the public.

Meanwhile, artists from Denmark, Australia, Italy and Canada will stage ticketed performances during the festival, which will be held until Aug. 5 at various venues across Taipei.

(By Christie Chen)