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Simple Life festival shifts to Taichung
首度移師台中 簡單生活節連嗨五天

Organizers’ representatives and city government officers hold a press conference in the park by Taichung City Hall on Monday last week to promote next month’s Simple Life festival.

Photo: Chang Ching-ya, Liberty Times

The Simple Life festival, which combines musical performances, agricultural products, lectures, forums and a creative craft market, has this year for the first time moved to Taichung, and the activities have been extended to five days, starting from Dec. 2. All the activities are completely free of charge.

The Simple Life festival was first held in 2006. This year it has stepped beyond the bounds of Taipei by moving to Taichung for the first time, and on Monday last week the city government and festival organizers held a press conference to explain this year’s program of activities. This year’s festival also breaks with the tradition of holding it at the weekend. For the first time, it is being extended by three days. From Dec. 2 to 4, a “stroll market of the Simple Life festival in Taichung” will be held across 15 performance and exhibition spaces around Taichung. Then, from Dec. 5 to 6, a “Simple Life festival Taichung strolling market” will be held in the park next to the city hall. There will be documentary film shows, forums with famous speakers and more. The organizers have invited 30 groups of artisans and masters and 40 groups of musicians to take part, and there will be a market with more than 70 stalls.

Neutron Innovation CEO Landy Chang, representing the organizers, said that the Simple Life festival hopes to provide a platform for everyone to see young people’s creativity and to showcase Taiwan’s splendid lifestyle. He said that this year’s move to Taichung came after observing the lifestyles of various cities in Taiwan and conducting field studies, visits and interviews in several cities. The organizers found the overall pace of life in Taichung to be slow and leisurely, while it incorporates a highly international outlook. Taichung also has geographical and cultural advantages and stable living standards and prices, which have made it attractive as a creative base for many young people.


1. extend v.

延長 (yan2 chang2)

例: The organizers have decided to extend the registration period.


2. stroll n.

漫步;散步 (man4 bu4; san4 bu4)

例: After lunch Helen and I went for a stroll by the lake.


3. showcase v.

展現 (zhan3 xian4)

例: This exhibition showcases the skills of our local artisans.


Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung said that Taichung is a capital city for living and also a creative city, so holding the Simple Life festival in Taichung is a perfect match between city and activities. Notably, using the green area by the city hall as the main venue for the festival activities is a way of deconstructing this space. This grassy area should be for the public and put an emphasis on life, said Lin.

(Liberty Times, translated by Julian Clegg)






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