About the Tua-Tiu-Tiann International Festival of Arts


Tua-Tiu-Tiann, (also written as "Twatutia" and known as "Dadaocheng" in Mandarin Chinese), was the center of a major cultural movement in Taiwan during the 1920s. Having started as a trading port in the mid-19th century, Tua-Tiu-Tiann became the center for performing arts with a large cluster of theaters where actors, musicians and acrobats honed their skills. Today, as 2020 draws near, we hope to make Tua-Tiu-Tiann the center of yet another cultural movement that makes a lasting impact on Taiwan and the rest of the world. We look forward to a nurturing a new generation of artists, with Tua-Tiu-Tiann serving as a place for new ideas and a portal to a rich history.


TTTIFA's main theme is the spirit of “Kyousou (狂騷) Twenties,” the Japanese translation of the “Roaring Twenties," the phrase coined in the West to describe flourishing economic times and cultural innovations, embodied in the Art Deco movement and emergence of jazz music during the 1920s. "Kyousou" literally means "madness" and "disturbance," but we like to interpret this word as "creativity." As the spirit of the "Roaring Twenties" tapped into a reactionary energy to challenge traditional norms and spark social change, we look forward to what will emerge during the 2020s.

Time Machine Theater

Held every October in the Tua-Tiu-Tiann district of Taipei, the TTTIFA began in 2015 by a joint venture of entrepreneurs and organizations from the area: Bookstore 1920s, Thinkers’ Theatre and the Chiang Wei-shui Cultural Foundation. TTTIFA's mission is to hold innovative arts performances that embrace interdisciplinary work and cross-cultural cooperation. In doing so, TTTIFA aims to nurture a platform for Taiwanese and international artists to work together.



What kind of arts festival is this? It is an independent and privately funded arts festival supported and initiated by many.

The Tua-Tiu-Tiann International Festival of Arts (TTTIFA) recaptures the 1920s spirit of the Dadaocheng area of Taipei. That was the Roaring 20’s, a time of free expression. How can those of us living in 2019 travel back in time to experience it?

Tua-Tiu-Tiann was Dadaocheng’s former name. This is an area of historic streets and buildings that link specialty industries of past and present. How can we showcase Dadaocheng’s features through artistic creations, while keeping our finger on the world’s pulse? How can this arts festival connect the international and the local? Can artistic creations give rise to energy or discussion?

Based on the efforts to answer these questions, this festival is now entering its fifth year. This is the first time that we have boldly proposed the concept of jointly curated street exhibitions. Three themed programs intersect in Dadaocheng’s present. Through the Time Machine Theater – 1920s Costume Parade, we tap into this area’s Roaring 20s spirit, while “street gatherings” encourage the expression of local creativity and characteristics.

TTIFA, under the free flow of consciousness, incorporates different voices and ideas. From inside to out, TTTIFA brings the Dadaocheng we know to life one event at a time!




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