Headspring Festival 2012 (匯川藝術節) welcomes the Lunar New Year with a lineup of more than 170 music, dance and theatrical performances by 30 troupes. The organizer has built a large tent that can house 150 audience members for the shows. The festival opens with a masquerade party on Jan. 27 and runs through April 1. The dress code for the opening party: alien. For more information, visit www.head-spring.com.
■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
■ For ticketing information visit the festival’s Web site or call (02) 2930-0754
For Entrance (奇幻旅程), Diabolo Dance Theatre (舞鈴劇場) takes audiences on a journey with its visually opulent, high-energy performance of diabolo, a traditional children’s game, and Chinese acrobatics. The show runs through the end of March.
■ Expo Hall at Taipei Expo Park (花博公園舞蝶館), located at the intersection of Zhongshan North Road (中山北路) and Minzu East Road (民族東路) in Taipei City
■ Tonight, tomorrow, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$1,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
As part of the Taiwan International Arts Festival (台灣國際藝術節) Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (哈丁與巴伐利亞廣播交響樂團), also known as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, will visit Taipei for two concerts. Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s great orchestras, it will be performing under conductor Daniel Harding and will feature violinist Christian Tetzlaff for the first concert and baritone Christian Gerhaher in the second. The program includes Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major on Feb. 28 and songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Ruckert Lieder by Mahler and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5 on Feb. 29. A few tickets remain for the Christian Tetzlaff performance, and a slightly wider range of seats remain for the second concert.
■ Feb. 28 at 7:30pm (Christian Tetzlaff) and Feb. 29 at 7:30pm (Christian Gerhaher)
■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City
■ Tickets are NT$600 to NT$4,200, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Legacy Taipei, located in a former warehouse at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Indie-folk duo katncandix2 (棉花糖) performs tonight. Tomorrow’s show, which features a reunion of the 1990s rock band Tolaku (脫拉庫), has already sold out. The venue is closed from Sunday until Jan. 28, when it hosts hip-hop/rock group Magic Power (魔幻力量). That show is already sold out, but tickets were available as of press time for the group’s additional Jan. 29 show. On Feb. 1, a trio of popular indie groups take to the stage: industrial rockers Salamander (沙羅曼蛇), garage rock mavens The White Eyes (白目樂隊) and electro-dance group Unfamiliar Friends Party (不熟的朋友派對).
■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)
■ Shows start at 8pm
■ NT$800 tonight, sold out tomorrow and Jan. 28, NT$700 on Jan. 29 (NT$600 in advance), NT$500 on Feb. 1 (NT$400 in advance). Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased at ERA ticketing outlets, online through www.ticket.com.tw, www.legacy.com.tw and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks