If you like music in the outdoors, please mark your calendars for the Peacefest, June 1-3rd at Kunlun Gardens outside Longtan, Taoyuan. This is our fourth year and the fest has already become one of the best-known music and art festivals of the Taiwan year. It is, as always, completely non-profit and run by volunteers. The proceeds this year will go to the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Taiwan International Workers’ Association, and Basic Human Needs, a free school and clinic for street kids in Varanasi, India.
Music runs from 9pm on Friday until 4:30pm Sunday, and includes world music, rock and roll, reggae, blues, rockabilly, punk, oldtime, Macedonian music, Taiwan aboriginal music, folk, soul, jazz, electronica, and even a tri-lingual punk rock puppet musical. As usual there will be workshops, games, and activities running throughout the days, and there will be booths set up with information about various charitable groups and peace-work worldwide. There will be a wide selection of affordable food and drink from all over the world, and there is ample space for free camping, either right onsite or a bit further away for those who need more peace & quiet. There are also rooms (with spa access) which may be rented for the weekend through the festival website.
This year the festival’s been timed to coincide with the full moon (which falls on Friday), and Friday night has been stacked with talent, including Faye & the Slacks, the Anglers (playing their last show for the foreseeable future), Public Radio, .22, and DJs Marcus Aurelius & Dragon. Sunset Saturday features the peace circle, followed shortly thereafter by a fire show. Admission is free on Sunday, and kids’ activities run all day.
There’s a great video from last year’s fest on peaceforpeace.blogspot.com/
Peace Festival 2007
June 1-3, 9pm Friday to 4:30pm Sunday
Kunlun Herb Gardens, Longtan, Taoyuan County
600nt weekend pass / family pass
Sunday Free Admission, kids’ activities throughout the day
Free camping & rooms available for rent
More info & performance schedule on www.hopingforhoping.com
88 Guava Seeds
Charlie Swiggs Band
David Chen and the Muddy Basin Ramblers
DJ Marcus Aurelius
Faye & the Slacks
Macedonian Music Band
Mister Green & Highway 9
The Money Shot Horns
New Hong Kong Hair City
Pan Africana Cultural Troupe
Rabbit Is Rich
Ren Jian Bao Puppet Theatre
Sophie & Cemelesai from Totem
Stereotypes (DJs Cap & That Guy)
to a god unknown
Uli & the Brood
…now that’s a lot of candy for yer nickel, ain’t it?
hope to see you all there. peace,