The advent of the new year is always a time which brings mixed feelings. Excitement for all the new experiences to look forward to, a dose of nostalgia for the year just passed, and a bit of trepidation wondering what exactly is in store for the coming year.
None of us know how the year will turn out, and there’s only so much within our control to make it the way we want. I think that’s why I like heading out to events around town so much – it’s a way to inject a bit of proactivity in my life, and put myself out there.
And honestly, I hardly ever regret going out to an event. Even when one turns out to be not as good as I expected, it’ll pay off going in some other way. A prime example of this is how I met some of my closest friends here at – ahem – one of the dullest events I have ever been to!
The point is that if you don’t put yourself out there, you won’t reap the possible rewards that could have come with that experience. Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated to leave the house… especially when all you feel like doing is cozying up in bed. Believe me, I know! So, a little goal of mine this year will be to attend more events and meet more people. I want 2018 to be memorable, and this is probably one of easiest ways to make it so.
What do you think?
If you’d also like to put yourself out there, here are 10+ events to consider going to around Taipei this January. I’ll try to add to this list throughout the month, but feel free to suggest an event yourself by leaving a comment below! Enjoy… and good luck for the coming year!
January Events in Taipei
La Camera Insabbiata (All month)
“La Camera Insabbiata is a virtual reality work by the legendary artist Laurie Anderson, and Taiwanese new media artist Hsin-chien Huang. The work recently won the Best VR Experience Award at the 74th Venice Film Festival and the two artists have been approached by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for a new VR production.” Learn more here.
Taipei Art Awards (All month)
Held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, these awards are “a testament to the dynamism of Taiwan’s contemporary art development and serves as a predictor of up and coming art trends. ” It’s your last chance to see the winners (and vote for your fave in the Audience Choice Award!) as the exhibition ends on February 4th. Find out more here.
Asian Art Biennial (All month)
Featuring various art events, exhibitions, and of course, artists, the Asian Art Biennial. The theme this time around is “Negotiating the Future”, a nod to “the momentum and limitless potential of contemporary art, as well as the possibilities for art to negotiate and strike a balance among various conflicts of power and relations.” Read more here.
Why do not design? We do not just design! (January 6)
Do Not Design is a design team which covers brand strategy, advertising, print and publishing. Yanda, the founder of Do Not Design, will not only share her creative ideas and design experiences, but also the do’s and don’ts about design. (Event is in Chinese only). Discover more here.
Jumble sale by Holiday ya (January 7)
Looking to pick up some vintage gems and second-hand goods? Holiday ya’s jumble sale will be selling everything from clothes to pots and pans for you to sift through. Learn more here.
Comedy Open Mic (January 10)
If you need some laughter to lighten the week, head to BeerGeek MicroPub Taipei for the bar’s popular open mic night. Find out more here.
Dinner and a Show: Comedy at Yiamas (January 13)
Enjoy a lineup of both local and international comics at Yiamas’ Dinner and a Show comedy night. Read more here.
An Exploration Into Thai Yoga Massage (January 14)
“This workshop will explore the essential teachings of Thai Massage. A brief warm up and meditation will follow a step by step guide to performing a balanced Thai Massage.” Learn more here.
Homeshake 2018 Live in Taipei (January 17)
Homeshake, the one-man indie act by Montreal based singer-songwriter and musician Peter Saga, will be performing at The Wall this Jan 17. Find out all the details here.
Taiwan New Year Market Fair (January 18 – 22)
Expect to find stall after stall of traditional treats at this special New Year’s market fair held at the World Trade Center. There’s food, tea, and all kinds of products to peruse. Just be warned – this fair gets incredibly crowded! Discover more here.
Brussel Beer Project / Craft Beer Dinner (January 19)
“Chef Cyril Hou from Origines has specially designed an exciting creative menu to pair with the world class belgian craft beers from Brussels Beer Project! It’s trendy, it’s hip, and it’s delicious! Sign up fast, seats are limited!” Learn more here.
Texas Tom’s BBQ Pop Up (January 19)
Get your BBQ fix at Texas Tom’s pop up located in Crafted – Beer & Co. On for one night only (at least this month!), so come early to avoid leaving hungry. Get the full details here.
Floral Art and Wreath Workshop (January 21)
“Classes conducted in English and Chinese. Let’s create your own masterpiece of floral artwork with us! Learn about what preserved flower is and the basic skill of making a wreath with pussy willow, preserved roses and other dry flower materials.” (This event is also held on January 28). Find out more here.
Foster the People (January 24)
Bad news for those who didn’t get in early – tickets to Foster the People’s sole show in Taipei are already sold out. However, you might get lucky and find someone wanting to sell theirs on Facebook, or they may announce another show. Keep up to date on the event here.
Taipei Game Show (January 26 – 29)
Held over 3 days, the Taipei Game Show is a mammoth exhibition dedicated to all things gaming. It’s a great chance to test out the latest in gaming technology, and connect with some industry insiders. Discover more here.
Hope you all have a great January! Just wanted to say once again, thank you for supporting my blog last year! I’ll try my best to try to make Typing To Taipei even better this year!
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