~楊錦聰 (2016世界音樂節 @臺灣 召集人．風潮音樂創辦人)
Music and the fragrance of grass lazily blend together on an autumn afternoon by the riverbank.
Maybe you don’t know much about music. Maybe you’ve come for the bazaar or to hear a certain song. Whatever it may be, you have come to a place of happiness.
In the summer of 1997, I had the pleasure of attending the Reading Festival in the UK. This world music festival that was begun in 1989 planted the seeds of a dream inside of me.
A few hundred tents covered the grassy expanse as crowds of young people got together, set up camp, and enjoyed the three-day event to the fullest.
The grounds were full of people of all ages sitting on the grass, leisurely enjoying the music while soaking in the scent of summer.
Music served as a catalyst that moved people, reaching past any barriers of age, language, and nationality.
People were there not only for the music, but also just to gather together and enjoy themselves for that precious feeling of happiness.
I had been in the music industry for ten years, and I thought: When will we be able to hold an event like this?
- Ken Yang
- (sponsor of the 2016 World Music Festival @ Taiwan and founder of Wind Music)
~于蘇英 (2016世界音樂節 @臺灣 策展人．風潮音樂企劃總監)
2016. We did it!
There are a lot of great music festivals in Taiwan, but world music is not a commonly-seen aspect. A great number of older people in the Taiwanese music industry have worked hard to promote music groups and musicians from Taiwan in other countries, and they have also brought in numerous outstanding groups from abroad. This has spread and cultivated the seeds of world music in Taiwan, allowing locals to experience music from other countries. Besides extreme gratitude to these older musicians, as a members of the music industry and as people who cling to dreams of music (even to the point of being helpless music addicts), we feel it is time to do something now, because if we don’t, we are sure to regret it.
The 2016 World Music Festival @ Taiwan is being organized by the Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development, and despite being a government-organized event, there is by no means a lack of independent spirit.
World music can be seen as a product of the land, a movement in a person’s life, or the tempo of a group of people. Regardless of where the music comes from, whether it is Africa, the Americas, Europe, or Asia, the development of world music is tightly knit to the spirit of the generation that has produced it. Presently, it is closely integrated to the musical trends of the young generation.
And so, we thought that if Taiwan were to have such a music festival for the young and old, one that would meet the demands of the whole family and would satisfy lovers of traditional classics, pop, and fusion music, then people of all types could enjoy the happiness of a music festival with their families and friends.
In an effort to create this happiness, we have arranged for stages small and large as well as lectures, workshops, and a bazaar with over 100 tents. Though you may be unsure of what world music is, you will all the same take delight in the ambience of autumn afternoons with your friends and family comfortably relaxing on the grass of the Riverside Park while listening to beautiful music, looking for irresistible treasures at the bazaar, and enjoying food that your taste buds will sing for.
We look forward to seeing you there!
- Yu Su-ying
(curator of the 2016 World Music Festival @ Taiwan and Wind Music Planning Director)