The Taiwan Peace Festival has been a creative arm for the grassroots organization Hoping for Hoping to reach out and invite people from all over the island to experience local music, appreciate aboriginal culture and join a collective hope for world peace. Always held in a naturally beautiful part of Taiwan, the festival hearkens back to the days of Woodstock. Camping is encouraged and rainfall is a natural part of the tropical island, so the Peace Fest occasionally gets muddy. But that doesn't stop the diverse number of performers taking to the stage or the concertgoers from enjoying the weekend. Truly a multicultural event, the Peace Fest has highlighted several aboriginal artists including singer Kimbo Hu, the Dream Community Samba Drummers as well as Amis shaman leading spectators in group song. Other performers include world musicians like Pan Africa and reggae songwriter Red-I & the Riddim Outlawz. Rounding out the festival stage time are a number of expat groups that have ranged in style from the funk of Milk to the jam rock of Public Radio, the natural fusion of Militant Hippi, the old school RnB of the Money Shot Horns and even the aggressive sounds of The Deported among many others. The underground bands from the Taiwanese scene have traditionally been rockabilly, punk and blues oriented as represented by Chicken Rice, Full House and 88 Guava Seedz. For those seeking an exciting weekend in a natural locale surrounded by Woodstock revivalists, aboriginal folk enthusiasts and independent music supporters, then it's recommended to plan your vacation around the Taiwan Peace Festival.



Peace, brothers and sisters

Peacefest gets muddy