In addition to traditional festivals such as Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival, there are many indigenous and modern cultural festivals held in Taiwan. Special industries, such as wood carving, have started to gain in popularity due to government promotion. Examples of industry-related events include the Sanyi Wood Carving Festival 三義木雕藝術節 and the Hsinchu City International Glass Art Festival.
Modern cultural festivals in Taiwan are quite varied. The Taiwan International Festival of Art and Spring Scream are very representative of this category. The Taiwan International Festival of Art began in 2009. It invites top performers, producers, actors, and composers from Taiwan and around the world to present dance, music, and drama performances. The festival takes place at the National Theater and National Concert Hall in Taipei. It usually lasts for one and a half months.
Spring Scream is held in Kenting every April. It was begun in 1995 by two Americans living in Taiwan and is now the largest music festival in Taiwan. Hundreds of performing groups and artists gather in southern Taiwan to show their passion and talent for music. There are also stalls selling arts and crafts, clothes, and food. It’s one of the most exciting festivals in Taiwan.
If you are traveling through an area where there are indigenous communities, such as the east coast, you may be lucky enough to see an indigenous ceremony. Harvest festivals are particularly important among the indigenous tribes as they express the tribe’s gratitude to the ancestral spirits and tribal deities for giving them food. The Amis, Rukai, and Paiwan tribes all celebrate this traditional festival. Singing and dancing are essential parts of the festival. However, the Harvest Festival isn’t just about being grateful for food. It is also a time to unite the tribal members and sometimes to carry out coming-of-age rites.
春吶每年4 月在墾丁舉行，最早是由兩位住在台灣的美國人於1995 年首次舉辦，現在已是台灣最大型的音樂節。數百個表演團體和表演者聚集在南台灣，展現他們對音樂的熱情與才華，另有小販兜售手工藝品、衣服和小吃。這是台灣最令人興奮的活動之一。