There is no doubt, Taiwan is an important place for the preservation and celebration of the puppet theatre. With its origins in folk culture and customs, the puppet show is a common sight at Taiwanese temple celebrations. As an art that protects and preserves the Taiwanese language and diverse musical styles, the puppets are something the Taiwanese people hold close to their heart and an important cultural treasure of the island.
From the children who grow up watching TV in the urban high-rises, to the children who run and play in the forests and on the beaches, the puppet show is something that is well-rooted within Taiwanese society. Today, puppet shows are performed both in the outdoors and on TV, while character dolls and puppet merchandise are widely sold. Today, some even like to cosplay as puppets! This summer, the whole family can experience this magical, storied art in the palm of your hand at TAIWANfest! On stage, you’ll experience the mysteries of dancing fingers, as you present a marvelling story through puppeteering!