Established in 2002, URBAN NOMAD, has been called a “mini-SXSW” and “Taiwan’s most punk rock film festival.” It is an independent platform for film, music, and art, operating an annual 10-day film festival, a 2-day outdoor music festival and other events. Film festival sections include a curated section for international independent films and a competition section for Taiwanese films. Urban Nomad’s mission is to create dialogue between cutting edge ideas and real living communities, causes and social movements. We aim to present the newest films and ideas on art, music, creativity, identity, sexuality, environmental and activist movements, social transformation and culture in general. Attendance is 10,000-15,000 total visits per year.
Our major film events take place in central Taipei in April and May, with touring screenings throughout the year to other cities in Taiwan. Feature films are generally local premiers, and we’ve previously hosted Taiwan premiers for the Oscar-winning documentary THE COVE and Oscar-nominated documentaries THE ACT OF KILLING, MINDING THE GAP, 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, MOUSE ON THE KEYS, 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.