Past Curators Reviews

Ian Scobie Am

WOMADelaide Director –

 

Regarding the “World Music Festival @ Taiwan”, I was fortunate to be able to travel to Taipei to the “World Music Festival @ Taiwan” in October of 2017 to experience the broadest range of work from Taiwan and the region. It was a very productive and interesting visit which enabled us to ultimately bring the Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe to WOMADelaide and our sister festival WOMAD New Zealand in March of 2019.


The festival presented a broad range of artists from Taiwan but also internationally and the range of community or audience participation and workshops was impressive. I would certainly recommend the festival to audiences and festival programmers alike.

 

Frank Klaffs

– The CEO of Piranha Arts / WOMEX –

 

The popular World Music Festival, Taipei, Taiwan is a truly cultural discovery for each world music addict from all the world is located in the beautiful outdoor environment of the Dajia Riverside Park in Taipei and provides a truly harmonious family entertainment experience with its rich program of art carnival, street theatre performances, dance workshops, bazaars and really yummy great street food.

Beyond the rich selection of high-class international artists it was an also true revelation to learn about and encounter the culture and native sounds by the indigenous people rooted for centuries on the Island of Taiwan.

And just as the increasing thousands of young music fans discover new and diverse music of the highest programming and production quality on numerous stages so do the selected international professionals that attend the festival not just to enjoy music but benefit from the festival as being an entry gate to the Taiwan music industry network. The workshops, lectures and panels were very well presented and added to the fully rewarding experience that the producers WIND Music made possible with their generous and true Taiwanese hospitality, which made every of the guest feeling special and wanting to come back for a longer visit to Taiwan again.

Angelina P Bateman

– Former Director of Events & Corporate Relations of Sarawak Tourism Board –

 

I had the opportunity to be invited to the first ever Taiwan World Music Festival to share my experience in organizing the Rainforest World Music Festival. I was impressed by its organization especially the layout of the festival venue which was well planned, the festival goers were well behaved, making the festival a fun filled event for the whole family. I understand that the festival is getting better each year with more international performers. Do experience this festival when it happens next.

 

Jung Hun Lee

Founder & Director of Seoul Music Week/President of GloMMnet/Founder & Director of Ulsan Jazz Festival –

 

“World Music Festival @ Taiwan” is very pretty world music festival in Asia and also WMF@TW has a special showcase of Taiwanese unique artists and bands. I’m sure if you go to WMF@TW, you can meet this like pretty good music and lovely people.

Franki Raden

– Indian composer / Fonder of Lokaswara –

 

The Taiwan World Music Festival is highly crucial for me since it has particularly become a meeting ground for musicians from across Asia-Pacific. The program was well structured and presented high quality of music. As a music festival director myself, I was fortunate to be able to attend Taiwan World Music Festival. Keep up the good works. The festival must go on!

 

Tom Frouge

– Curator of ¡Globalquerque!( New Mexico’s Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture) –


My visit to “World Music Festival @ Taiwan” in Taipei was one of magical discovery and professional and cultural enrichment. From the music and performers presented to the new colleagues and friends with whom I met and engaged with there, to old colleagues with whom I reunited, my entire visit was memorable, fun, educational and rewarding!

The festival is incredibly well run and programmed from all perspectives including technical, musical curation, street art and performance, presentations and workshops, audience engagement, and the food and craft bazaar. The organizers and their staff are professional, friendly and very accommodating. It was a truly pleasure to collaborate, work and hang out with all of them and take in this marvelous festival.

I look forward to the next time!