Exchanging cultures and communicating through the arts; a connection between islands.

Isle to Isle brings Penang and Taiwan together, as well as the forth dynamic, creative content and profoundly intriguing cultural performances to George Town Festival 2019. Over a curated series of energetic programmes anchored in everyday life, the public will be guided to easily access the arts through familiar subject matter, leading them to a complete immersion in the arts.

This year, Isle to Isle will return with more brilliantly creative programmes from 18 – 21 July 2019. Collaboratively presented by Taipei’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Penang City Eye, this edition of Isle to Isle will include the screening of Father, a documentary detailing the life of master puppeteer Chen Hsi-huang; a traditional puppet show infused with modern elements presented by Taipei Puppet Theater; a creative market hosting 14 indigenous labels from Taiwan; and a design forum congregating 6 of Taiwan’s top designers and curators.

What's in?

FORUM & TALK

DIRECTOR TALK

  • 18 JULY 2019 (THURS)
    8:00PM – 10:00PM

LECTURE THEATRE 2, WAWASAN OPEN UNIVERSITY

Through his documentary Father, director Yang Li-chou encourages members of the public to be more aware of current social affairs. And through his documentary of daily lives, he conveys the fact that the videographer sees, expresses the trueness of the subject, or a bigger picture of the future.

Join us in this fruitful session as director Yang shares his perspective and observation over the years on Taiwanese documentary films.

PUPPETRY

GLOVE PUPPET SHOW

  • 20 & 21 JULY 2019 (SAT & SUN)
    3:00PM – 4:30PM

AUDITORIUM A, KOMTAR

Taipei Puppet Theater brings you two family-friendly glove puppet shows, ‘Mayhem in the Crystal Palace’ and ‘Lotus Lantern’. In ‘Mayhem in the Crystal Palace’, special props were designed by the Taipei Puppet Theater to exhibit the spectacular and captivating world under the sea as well as the adorable marine animals. The magnificent martial arts of Sun Wu-Kong and the jumping puppets manipulated by the skilful puppeteers guarantee members of the audience an entirely new enchanting visual experience.

A segment in the traditional Chinese folklore ‘Lotus Lantern’, The Rescue of Chen Xiang’s Mother depicts the story of how Chen Xiang, equipped with a magical axe, defeated his uncle Er-lang Shen to successfully rescue his mother by cleaving Mount Hua. In the show, puppeteers showcase their remarkable hand agility, bringing this classical drama to life.

MARKET

CREATIVE MARKET

  • 20 & 21 JULY 2019 (SAT & SUN)
    11:00AM – 9:00PM

HALL 1, JETTY 35

With the theme “Crafts: Nature as Inspiration”, this creative market is curated with the aim to bring us back to the basis of nature, focusing on the simplicity of daily living, as well as contributing back to Mother Earth. Collaboratively, TAIPEI corners and Good Home Taiwan will be coordinating and introducing 14 indigenous craft labels from Taiwan, namely, Chih-Yi, a brand known for its floral arrangements made using Taiwan’s seasonal plants; JIMMY WOOD STUDIO, whose founder is insistent on using labour-intensive processes to carve and manufacture woodworks; and Keya Jam, a label dedicated to using fruits produced by local small-scale farms to make jams, Creative Market is the city’s gathering point for arts and crafts lovers, and a platform that showcases appreciation on Taiwanese creations.

FORUM & TALK

CREATIVE BRANDING SHARING

  • 20 & 21 JULY 2019 (SAT & SUN)
    4:00PM – 5:00PM

HALL 2, JETTY 35

Curated by Evan Lin, Creative Branding Sharing features two Taiwanese brand founders meticulously introducing the core ideologies of their brands, as well as sharing the budding opportunities and stories behind. This sharing session invites participants to explore brand identities and values, as well as creative reinvention from the perspectives of these excellent brand founders. Join us to exchange ideas and experiences with the experts and discover more possibilities in between.