San Francisco’s largest gathering of Taiwanese-Americans will take place again this Saturday at Union Square. The 21st Taiwanese-American Cultural Festival seeks to create a “night market” atmosphere, including Taiwanese food, games and activities throughout the day.
The festival will kick off when Three Princes Rock takes the stage at 10:15am offering a modernized version of a traditional temple folk art performance. Nezha Prince, a temple deity and guaranteed crowd pleaser, are life-sized puppets that dance to choreographed techno and hip hop music. Taipei Folk Dance Theatre will also be performing at 12:30 and 4:00pm. The Taiwan-based group is the first professional ethnic dance company on the island. The troupe combines traditional Taiwanese dance influenced by the island’s aboriginal tribes. The company has performed in more than 40 countries around the world.
A rich line-up of groups and solo performers include 408, The Ritards, Johnny Hi-Fi, the Fremont Taiwan School Kids, Rosendale (aka Brian Wang) and Cynthia Lin. Be sure to visit the different booths for a taste of traditional Taiwanese delicacies, live performances of Taiwanese glove puppets, Taiwan’s orchids, photo exhibition Why Taiwan Matters and to learn more about Taiwan’s many tourist attractions.