Fri, Jul 02, 2004 - Page 17 News List

Ilan braces itself for an invasion of kids

Hundreds of thousands of children-and adults-will head for the Ilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival this summer

By Max Woodworth  /  STAFF REPORTER

Baseman is the executive producer of Disney's Teacher's Pet show and the illustrator of the award-winning popular board game Cranium. His work plunders the traditions of Disney animation and Japanese manga to create characters that appear at once cute and slightly intimidating, with huge eyes that always appear to be looking unfocusedly into the distance instead of into the viewer's face.

Though his animations are shown on the Disney Channel, his work is also regularly exhibited in major museums, as it ranks among the best contemporary American art.

The inclusion of Baseman's art in the Ilan festival is an indication of the enormous resources put into the festival. The county government has spent a whopping NT$200 million on the festival in an extra push to promote the event after it was canceled last year due to the SARS outbreak.

County magistrate Liu on Wednesday brushed aside the massive cost of the project by saying, "To make kids happy is a good thing."

In fact, the festival is a huge revenue booster for the county, but the purpose of the event, Liu said was "to give parents and kids what they came for -- a good time."


What: Ilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival (宜蘭國際童玩藝術節).

Where: Chinshui Park, 20-36 Hsieh-he Rd, Wu-chieh Township, Ilan County(宜蘭縣五結鄉協和路20之36).

Tel: (03) 950 2097.

When: tomorrow to Aug. 15 For more information, check http://www,

Tickets: NT$350 on weekends and holidays, NT$250 on weekdays. The Taiwan Railway Administration is also offering single-day and two-day trips from Taipei to the festival and back for NT$1,360 and NT$3,800, respectively. Tickets must be purchased before July 14 at Taipei Main Station or at Hi Life convenience stores. For information, check

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