8th Annual Passport to Taiwan Festi?http://p2tw.org/P2TW2010.aspx
sunday, may 30th, 2010 | 12 - 5pm | union square park north (17th street & park avenue)
4,5,6,N,R,Q,W,L to Union Square
Come to the largest Taiwanese American Outdoor Festival in the US on May 30th to explore many wonders of the Taiwanese American Heritage. From mouth-watering delicacies, arts & crafts and live performance, you will be surrounded by the vibrant energy of the Taiwanese American Community. Explore Taiwan in the featured exhibitions. Learn various crafts with masters from Taiwan. Taste exotic snacks that can only be found in Taiwan?s night markets and enjoy performances throughout the day.
Mark your calendar and join us for a day of festivities. Free Admission
Handicraft Masters - Organized by the Taiwan Lion Dancing Artistry Association(TLDAA). Established in 1988, TLDAA aims to promote traditional lion dance and folklore by holding hundreds of public performances every year. TLDAA has achieved fame and recognition over years and is currently planning out more astonishing performances to carry on the traditions.
Lion is the "King of the Beasts." Although lion dance aims to drive away evil spirits, it was originally practiced to drive away elephants. The lion head is composed of papier-m?ch? applied over a frame of wicker or bamboo and may weigh from three to eight kilos. The color of the whiskers varies, depending on the history of the troupe.
The flexibility of the heated sugar makes it possible for the skilled artist to turn sugar into several different sculptures. The artist blows air into sugar and shapes it into characters and animals with a deft hand.
Paper Umbrellas, Gourd Carvings
Gourds are grown in built-in molds to control their shape. When reaping, they are dried in the shade and then carved in relief. The complicated ways of knotting strings have been very popular since[masked] years ago in China. Many simple knots are woven together to make a complicated and beautiful knotting.
With a pair of scissors, the artist instantly sticks to the motif and cuts out the profile of the person in a blink of an eye.
Reuse of Tree Bark and Drinking Straws
The tree bark and drinking straws are skillfully folded, woven, and cut to make various toys and dolls for children, such as grasshoppers, fish, peacocks, fans and balls.
Dough Figurine Sculpture
Rice and flour are kneaded, mixed, joined, cut, and colored to shape folklore figures, animals, flowers, and even cartoon characters. This tradition is one of the most popular items for children.
The glove puppets have colorful and various faces that indicate their different characters. The glove puppet is also easy to play.
A World steeped in the Ancient Asian Tradition of Tea cultivation, Preparation and Enjoyment--made convenient for the Modern Consumer. NOYU Teas literally transport consumers to perfect Mist-Shrouded Hills and Lush Fields of Formosa Island where tea leaves are grown under ideal conditions and harvested at just the right moment. Taking this tradition to the next level, the tea Masters at NOYU infuse our Teas with Luscious Fruits and Honey in creative combinations which yield a product and taste sensation that far surpasses anything currently on the market. http://www.noyuteas.com
Beautiful World of Orchids
See how these beautiful flowers traveled afar from Taiwan to settle in the US just like Taiwanese Americans.
This exhibition is made possible by Raritan Valley Florist http://www.edisonplantsandflowers.com
This is a story of a Taiwanese small businesses innovating itself in the global competition.
Coordinated by Fang Gourmet Tea. Fang offers a wide selection of world-renowned tea and various styles of refined tea accessories.
Leaf hat or frangrant pouch are common items found in the agricultural Taiwanese society. One provides protection from rain, the other from bugs. Dr. Ai-Lan Wang will host this booth.
Coordinated by Winston Liao. Goddess Matsu is a common folk belief in Taiwan. This is an interactive where you will be able beat the drums or try on the big temple figurines.
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