Sponsored by Taitung County Government's Cultural Affairs Department, the 2021 Taitung Historical Street Festival launched on the 5th of September inside the halls of the Taitung Chinese Association. Local residents of the historical neighborhood strolled through exhibitions of local vintage goods displayed in this historical building reminiscent of fond memories past. The exhibit was accompanied by live performances from classical pianist Mei-Chun Chou and Bel Canto Soprano Lin-Lin Chang. Their rendition of the classic oldies melody captured the hearts of all those who attended the event.
Every wooden family treasure chest displayed at the vintage goods exhibition tells the story of that particular family's migration history. All these familiar yet forgotten everyday household items have been proudly displayed for all to see. Now and then, an older exhibition visitor would shout out, "I had forgotten I have this stashed somewhere in my house too!" But you might also catch a younger child asking his mom," What is that for?" Though the exhibition provoked different nostalgic memories for everyone, one thing held in common was that they all left the event with a big smile on their faces.
Time flies like an arrow. Some people document the details of their lives through writing a diary or capturing moments on camera. Time is carefully recorded through the mottled metal window grids and the rusted railings of all the old buildings on Taitung's historic streets. Rust becomes a natural art form through the eyes of the famous tie-dye artist Fu Chu Chu. Through this unique rust tie-dye DIY, every participant discovered art in the most inconspicuous corner and created their signature masterpiece.
Art can coexist in the daily lives on every street corner! These nostalgic childhood memory-themed installations were organized by local artisans who wanted to inspire visitors and bring a splash of quirkiness and color for all the long-forgotten street corners around Taitung. The vintage mailboxes of the Datong Post office, the colorful murals outside of the Taitung Prison walls, rust tie-dye sculptures next to the Taitung Chinese Association provide hidden surprises around every corner. Still, on display, see how many of these interactive art installations you can find!
The best way to explore the historical area is to sign up for the Memory Lanes Scavenger Hunt game or the Historic Street Guided Tour. Behind every street art installation, a piece of the puzzle to the scavenger hunt awaits. Participants learned about the interesting facts and history of the historical Baosang neighborhood and got a glimpse into the glory of the last century.