About Urban Nomad

URBAN NOMAD, held annually since 2002, is a major event in Taiwan for indie film and music, with a curated section for international independent films, a competition section for local films and a 2-day music festival. We’ve been called a “mini-SXSW”, an independent, cross-over creative platform for film, music, art and other creativity. Our mission is to create dialogue between cutting edge ideas and communities, causes and social movements. In Taiwan we’re known as an energetic platform for newest film-ideas on art, music, identity, sexuality, environmental and activist movements, social transformation and culture in general. Attendance is over 10,000 total visits per year.

Our major film events take place in central Taipei in April and May, with touring screenings in the summer months to other Taiwan cities including Hsinchu, Taoyuan and Taichung. All feature films are Taiwan or Taipei premiers, and we’ve previously hosted Taiwan premiers for the Oscar-winning documentary THE COVE, hip hop documentary NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC and numerous award winning films from Sundance, Berlin, SXSW and other top festivals. We’ve been invited to create film programs for the Taipei Biennial (2008), the Scope Art Fair in Basel (2007), Scope Art Fair Miami (2007), Videotage Hong Kong (2008), Art Taipei (2009), Treasure Hill Artist Village (2010) and Taiwan Designers Week (2011-2012).

Urban Nomad’s annual music fest, the Opening Freakout, brings bands from Taiwan, Asia, Europe and North America. We’ve produced concerts for bands and DJs including MAJOR LAZER, DIPLO, ANGELO MOORE (Fishbone), GUITAR WOLF, BOB LOG III, MARK REEDER, TRIPPPLE NIPPPLES, MOP OF HEAD, KINOCO HOTEL and numerous top Taiwanese indie bands. Urban Nomad is mainly supported by fans, a growing collection of likeminded sponsors, and is a rarity in Taiwan as a major culture event that is not heavily subsidized by government funding.