Yingge International Ceramics Festival
The quaint town of Yingge is located approximately thirty minutes away from Taipei, in Taiwan, by train. It is a town that is known to be the heart of pottery and ceramics in Taiwan, and offers visitors the freedom to admire, purchase or enjoy a hands-on experience. Yingge is more than just a town, as it is also an attraction. One of the most celebrated and highly attended festivals in Yingge is the annual Yingge International Ceramics Festival. This year, the festival will take place from 6 to 29 October 2008, and is guaranteed to be as exciting, beautiful and educational as in previous years.
The main stage of the Yingge International Ceramic Festival is situated at the Yinggee Ceramics Museum. Inside the museum and in the Ceramics Old Street, visitors will find an extravaganza of color and designs, losing themselves in a world of creativity and artistic expression. The Yingge Ceramics Museum is one the greatest attractions in the town, and a structure that locals are extremely proud of. Visitors will be taken on a historical journey in regard to the origins of pottery and ceramics in Yingge and in Taiwan. The museum offers an educational tour through the making, designing and decorating of ceramics.
Ceramics Old Street is an attraction in its own right, with the streets being filled to the brim with visitors, both local and international, looking for unique items. The artists who create these beautiful ceramic and pottery pieces have taken their talents to new levels, being able to create almost anything with their hands. Festival goers will see a wide variety of flutes, vases, utensils, mugs, bowls and decorative items. With almost eight hundred artistic ceramic producers in Yingge, visitors are guaranteed to find something to their liking.
Some of the shops and ceramic manufacturers offer visitors the opportunity to take a guided tour through their workshops, while others will convince their guests to get dirty and try their skills at pottery making. The entire pottery making experience allows visitors to create and make their own items and paint their designs before sending their creations to the firing kilns. Over and above being able to browse the ceramic stores and shops, and a crash course in pottery making, visitors can look forward to stage performances, exhibitions, demonstrations and a lively atmosphere of creativity, imagination and artistic freedom.