The 2016 Yilan International Children’s Folklore & Folkgame Festival began July 02 and will continue until August 14 at the Dong-Shan River Park in Yilan County, Taiwan. The one-and-a-half-month festival features a variety of activities such as water games, outdoor theater, and foreign dance and musical performances. This year, 27 performing groups will show their best at the festival; these represent 19 countries including Japan, Russia, Finland, Estonia, and many others. To cater to people of all ages, a Family Game Pavilion has been set up for parents with kids under six years old.
The Yilan International Children’s Folklore & Folkgame Festival, an event focusing on children, combines multiple forms of art including those that are expressed by performance, exhibition, game, and interaction. Children can enjoy the show and share the fun with their parents and friends, while also experience and befriend cultures from around the world. The complex activities are meticulously planned to keep the festival rich and diversified, not only making Yilan County internationally famous but also creating massive benefits and business opportunities for Yilan’s tourism business. Entering its 21st edition, the festival holds on to the theme “children’s games” to highlight the “everlasting spirit of playfulness inside everyone’s heart and to stimulate immeasurable creativity”.
This child-themed event is a representative event of UNESCO’s International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF), and in 2010 was the only one of its kind in Asia to be approved as a CIOFF International Festival.