Begun as a brochure that listed places worth visiting in the capital and distributed annually by Taipei City government’s Cultural Affairs Bureau (台北市政府文化局), the Taipei Culture Passport (台北文化護照) expanded to become a series of events that invites members of the general public to explore the city and experience its traditions, history and culture. Co-organized by South Village (南村落), this year’s event includes nearly 100 activities running from March to September.
This month’s theme is tea and mountain life. Tea experts and cultural workers such as Ho Chien (何健), Tseng Chih-hsien (曾至賢) and Lulu Han (韓良露), who is also the head of South Village, will lead tours to Dadaocheng (大稻埕), Nangang (南港) and the Yungkang (永康) neighborhood taking in old and contemporary teahouses, museums and plantations. Celebrated writer Liu Ke-xiang (劉克襄) is back with his popular walking tour of Muzha (木柵), which follows part of the old tea trade trail between Taipei and Ilan (宜蘭).
Next month, a series of exhibitions and lectures by cultural luminaries such as Chang Hsiao-hung (張小虹) and Chiang Hsun (蔣勳) will be held to mark the 90th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement (五 四運動). June’s theme is contemporary design and art, with guided tours of local designers’ boutiques and galleries in Tianmu (天母), Beitou (北投) and Shida (師大) and along Zhongshan North Road (中山北路).
From July to September, the food, religion, historical sites and ancient crafts of Wanhua (萬華) become the center of the attention.
Because of the limited number of places for outings and workshops, the activities fill up fast. Registration can be done by calling (02) 8369-2963 or online at www.southvillage.com.tw.
Culture Passport brochures containing detailed information on destinations and activities can be picked up at South Village or the Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs as well as various cultural venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (台北當代藝術館), Lin Yu-tang Residence (林語堂故居), Spot — Taipei Film House (光點—台北之家) and Red House Theater (西門紅樓). It can also be found online at culturepassport.culture.gov.tw.