With a lineup of more than 170 music, dance and theatrical performances by 30 troupes, Headspring Festival 2012 (匯川藝術節) continues this weekend with acts including a black comedy by Formosa Circus and Echo Lee’s (李昶俊) stand-up comedy gig. The festival’s organizer has constructed a large tent that can house 150 audience members. 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)
■ For schedule and ticket information, visit the festival’s Web site or call (02) 2930-0754
Tomorrow and Saturday, Taipei Eye (台北戲棚) presents the Chinese acrobatics and Beijing opera classic The Journey of the Monkey King (西遊記). On Monday and Wednesday, the venue is putting on another operatic favorite, Picking Up the Jade Bracelet (拾玉鐲). Founded in 2004, Taipei Eye is a venue that promotes traditional theater, dance and music shows.
■ Cement Hall of Taiwan Cement Building (台泥大樓士敏廳), 3F, 113, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市中山北路二段113號3樓)
■ Tomorrow, Monday and Wednesday at 8:30pm, Saturday at 8pm
■ Tickets are NT$550 for tomorrow, Monday and Wednesday, NT$880 on Saturday, available through ERA ticketing and online at www.ticket.com.tw
For Entrance (奇幻旅程), Diabolo Dance Theatre (舞鈴劇場) takes audiences on a journey through the eyes of a little girl 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, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$1,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Intended to provide a platform for creative industry workers in Kaohsiung, the two-month long 2011 Kaohsiung Design Festival (2011高雄設計節) features a series of exhibitions, lectures and forums divided into six categories. Highlights include an art exhibition and a design fair featuring 42 local brands. The festival runs through Feb. 28. For more information, visit www.designer.org.tw/event/2011/kdf
■ Pier 2 Art Center (駁二藝術特區), 1 Dayong Rd, Yancheng Dist, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市鹽埕區大勇路1號)
■ The festival opens Monday to Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday to Sunday and national holidays from 10am to 8pm
■ Tickets are NT$99, available at the door and from 7-Eleven ibon kiosks, FamilyMart (全家) FamiPort kiosks and Hi-Life (萊爾富) Life-ET kiosks. Free admission for people with disabilities and children under 80cm
2012 Formosa Choral Carnival Presents the World Vision Korean Children’s Choir (福爾摩沙合唱嘉年華 ─ 世界展望會韓國兒童合唱團) sees the renowned choir and pianist Kim Changeun performing under conductor Kim Heechurl. The program includes religious music and a selection of Korean folk songs and dances arranged by Kim Heejo.
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm (Taipei) and Saturday at 7:30pm (Hsinchu)
■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City and Hsinchu Municipal Performance Hall (新竹市立演藝廳), 17 Tungta Rd Sec 2, Hsinchu City (新竹市東大路二段17號)
■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,000 for Taipei and NT$300 to NT$800 for Hsinchu, 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 singer-songwriter Zulin Wu (吳志寧) takes to the stage on Saturday, while on Sunday, boy band D.C.W. (東城衛) performs a concert titled Before the Revolution. On Wednesday, the venue hosts its regular showcase of up-and-coming bands. The lineup includes punk rockers We Are So Sad (傷心欲絕), noisy experimental rock group The Sign of Human (記號士), electronica outfit Morning Call (輕晨電), indie folk trio Hush! and shoegazer band Doodle.