A little over six years ago, Ayesha Mehta and Ping Chu were caught in a downpour in Taidong. These strangers started chatting over cups of tea, and the concept for a place where experimenting, creating and listening was hatched. Soon after, the doors of Aveda Learning Kitchen were opened and 100 people showed up, communal bottle of wine in hand, and Red Room was born. Red Room will celebrate its sixth anniversary with Renaissance Festival, a free event on Saturday at the Taiwan Air Force Innovation Base (TAF 空總創新基地).
Over the past six years, the monthly Stage Time and Wine has become the cornerstone event of Red Room. Everyone has five minutes to do whatever he or she pleases, and no one can do wrong. The stage has been witness to many unforgettable moments of silence, dance, song, poetry readings, long sobs, mass hugs and more. The only rule of the performances is that they are authentic and vulnerable.
Stage Time and Juice was later added to the docket for children. The same rules were applied and Red Room quickly realized that this was an excellent idea because the positive impact of creating and sharing with adults is increased tenfold with kids.
Photo courtesy of Red Room
Red Room also runs Aside and Red Room Radio Redux every month, along with many other specialized events focusing on the arts.
Thousands of people have come through Red Room’s doors over the past six years and many return over and over.
Photo courtesy of Red Room
“In a world so hectic, it’s important to set aside some quality time to nourish what is really important — beauty and love,” said Julia Kao (高子晴), a long time Red Roomer who is now working for the company.
“By actively celebrating what gives us depth as sentient beings through stories, songs and movement, we are fulfilled in our search for meaning and connection,” Kao said.
In September, Red Room relocated to the second floor of the library at the Taiwan Air Force Innovation Base. With Roma Mehta as director and Manav Mehta as curator, and many others pitching in, the new space is called Red Room International Village.
Organizers say the goal is to have a welcoming place for the international creative community to gather and create. There have been events going on in the space for the past two months, but Saturday’s Renaissance Festival, with 24 booths, all day live music and all the regular Red Room shows, is the first big step toward its bright future.
What: Red Room Renaissance Festival (文藝復興紅房六週年慶)
Where: Taiwan Air Force Innovation Base (TAF 空總創新基地),177, Sec 1, Jianguo S Rd (台北市建國南路一段177號)
When: Saturday from 11am to 9pm
On the Net:www.facebook.com/redroomtaipei
Last week I had an experience that I suspect has become quite common for foreigners living in Taiwan: talking to a Taiwanese who was an ardent fan of soon-to-be-former US President Donald Trump. As I was heading for the stairs to my apartment, my landlady stopped me, eyes alight, with an idea for what to do about storing my bike downstairs. The conversation eventually veered into politics, and for a full 35 minutes she held forth on the manifold greatness of world-savior Donald Trump. She’s neither unkind nor a fool. Pro-Taiwan, she detests former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and the Chinese
Jan. 18 to Jan. 24 Viewers couldn’t believe their eyes when the Taipei First Girls’ Senior High School marching band appeared on television in 1981. None of the girls were sporting the government-mandated hairstyle for female secondary school students, which forbade their hair from going past their neck. Some even had perms. The students had been invited to perform in the US, which the government saw as an important affair since the US had severed official ties two years earlier. The idea was that sending a group of girls with the same permitted hairstyle would appear contradictory to
Benjamin Chen (陳昱安) didn’t know how intense a hackathon could be. “You literally work non-stop. You don’t eat breakfast, you don’t eat lunch because you really need to finish the product,” the 10th-grader from Taipei American School says. “You feel the adrenaline rushing… It’s refreshing, I was like a new person.” Chen became fascinated by these round-the-clock competitions to create technology or software products, and participated in 10 more before he decided to start one that focused on his twin passions of economics and technology. He says there are many hackathons that delve into social and environmental issues, but few have
The town of Baolai (寶來) is located along the Southern Cross-Island Highway in the upper reaches of Kaohsiung City. After suffering a devastating setback at the hands of Typhoon Morakot, the town’s tourism industry is finally showing signs of recovery. While the town itself has many commercial hot spring offerings for tourists, the adjacent Baolai River also has at least five different wild hot springs available to those with a more adventurous spirit. SHIDONG AND WUKENG Just before entering the town of Baolai, make two right turns to reach the bridge across the Baolai River. Immediately after crossing this bridge, there is