2017's 19th Annual Taipei Arts Festival has the theme 'The City and Its Future'. Artists from around the world have been invited to use drama, music, dance, and multimedia theatre to explore the topics of history, philosophy, life and ethnicity, and by doing so, manifest the power of the performing arts. We look forward to this year’s festival inspiring us to, remember the city’s past, observe its present, and imagine its future,together becoming the spirit and energy that Taipei cannot live without.Two art projects from UK are co-presented by the Festival and British Council in Taiwan. 


Positively Charged (Exhibition)

With a little bit of positive energy in our lives each day, we could all be mobile power banks!

Positively Charged is an art installation using smart technologies to create a vision of a future Taipei City, exploring new ways of harvesting and circulating personal energy. Visitors to the installation will be able to play the role of a cell bursting with power, generating and transmitting energy. Without their active participation to ‘power up’ the exhibition they will not be able to fully experience the “Positively Charged” display.

In Future Cities, smart devices and materials are creating invisible layers in the city, enabling people, nature and objects to interact in new ways. New energy harvesting technologies are often based on thermoelectric generators, created from materials conducting with positive particles moving away from the heat towards cold to generate maximum voltage and minimum waste. This has the potential to enable each of us to capture and share energy in the urban environment from anything which emits heat or motion ── from our own bodies to wheels of cars or the heat of the sun. Positively Charged presents a vision of the future in which we share responsibility to be these positive particles to keep the city alive and care for the environment around it.

FutureEverything and artist Kasia Molga have worked with new sensing and energy harvesting technologies, to create poetic and thought-provoking experiences about their social and environmental impact. The installation builds an immersive narrative on a future scenario for Taipei, one of Asia’s leading innovators in urban planning and design, public transportation and smart technology. Positively Charged is inspired by the future of energy harvesting technology, how that interacts with the lives of ordinary people, and how art can contribute new ideas to technology innovation. 

FutureEverything, UK

FutureEverything is an award winning agency and festival for pioneering art and invention shaping the future. For 21 years it has been exploring the meeting point of art, technology, society and culture. Through art we can reach out and touch the future, and bring new ideas to life. FutureEverything has delivered the UK's leading digital culture festival since 1995 and is the art and design lead on CityVerve, the UK's Iot Smart City demonstrator. FutureEverything is delighted to be presenting work for the first time in Taipei in partnership with the Taipei Arts Festival. This follows the success of FutureEverything Singapore, the flagship digital culture component of Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Artist: Kasia Molga

Kasia Molga is a Design Fusionist, Artist and Creative Technologist, working on the intersection of art, science and engineering, using imagination as unifying vehicle. She examines our perception of “nature” in the constantly growing and increasingly technologically mediated urban environments to create tangible, multisensory and visual experiences, immersive environments, installations and hybrid visual/physical interfaces, design fictions or speculative futures narratives.

She is a co-founder of design lab Electronudes (electronudes.eu) and art collective WorldWilderLab (worldwilderlab.net). She lectures, publishes and presents regularly and holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Design Studies (Central Saint Martin's College of Arts and Design).


  • Date: 7 Aug - 3 Sept (With the exception of opening day [7 August], this exhibition will be closed on Mondays)
  • Venue: Digital Art Center, Taipei ( No. 180, Fuhua Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111)
  • Opening hours: 10:00-18:00
  • Price: Free


'Positively Charged' seminar

  • Date: Tuesday, 8 August
  • Time: 13:00 - 14:00
  • Venue: Digital Art Center, Taipei ( No. 180, Fuhua Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111)
  • Price: Free
  • Pre-registeration is required. Please sign up here

Cultural Leadership: Asia’s Crucial New Juncture

Cultural Leadership – Having originated in the UK, this concept has gained traction around the Western world. Can it be uniformly applied in Asian countries as well? Furthermore, how does one reconcile cultural leadership with each country’s unique cultural policymaking? This lecture invites Ms. Katelijn Verstraete (Regional Director Arts and Creative Industries, British Council East Asia), and Ms. Frances Rudgard (Director of Program, Cambodian Living Arts) to collectively speak on the new opportunities for cultural leadership in Asia.

Speaker: Katelijn Verstraete (Regional Director Arts and Creative Industries, British Council East Asia)

Katelijn Verstraete is the Director Arts and Creative Industries for the British Council East Asia since 2012. She leads on the design and implementation of the Arts Strategy in 14 countries in East Asia. Prior to the British Council she worked at the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) from 2006 to 2012, developing multi-stakeholder programmes between Asia and Europe in the areas of cultural policy, artistic exchange, capacity-building and information exchange. Her work also included working on the intersections between arts and education, sustainable development and health. Katelijn co-founded in 1999 BizArt, the first autonomous art space in Shanghai and developed between 2003-2006 the communication, training and Asia activities for the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) in Brussels, as well as managing the On The Move portal for artist mobility.

Prior to her work in the cultural sector, Katelijn worked for seven years in the business sector in Germany and China. She was the main advisor to and co-author of the Europe-China Cultural Compass, an orientation for cultural cooperation between Europe and China published by the EUNIC network in China. She regularly speaks at conferences on the role of culture in cultural relations. She is a firm believer the importance of interdisciplinary approaches for creative and social innovation and thinks there is a stronger need for leadership of culture in society.

Speaker: Frances Rudgard ( Program Director, Cambodian Living Arts)

Frances Rudgard is the Program Director of Cambodian Living Arts (CLA), where she has worked for five years. Prior to joining CLA she worked as a consultant to grassroots NGOs in Cambodia, especially in the arts, supporting activities such as fundraising, strategic planning and organisational development. CLA has been working in the field of cultural leadership since 2012, when it first piloted a personal and professional development program for emerging leaders in the Cambodian arts sector. Today, CLA runs an annual leadership program for artists and cultural workers, Living Arts Fellows. The 12-month program aims to create space for reflection, peer exchange and networking, and has a strong regional focus. Frances' goal for the program is that it supports the Fellows to develop a leadership practice that is specific to their context and and their experience, and that they can make conscious choices about the impact they want to create through their work in the arts. 


  • Date / Time: 18 July; 19:00-21:00
  • Location: Sinyi School (110 B1, No. 100, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Taipei)
  • Registration: The forum is free of charge but pre-registration is required.


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