2023

Featured Performance
No one is an outsider - DJ Dungi & Which Nancy

About the Program

“Nobody is an outsider” comes from a song by Amis musician Panai Kusui, and it conveys the message that everyone is a part of this land and that no one is excluded. This lyric has been widely quoted in various public advocacy initiatives, encouraging people to unite and focus on one another.

Here are two artists that use music to carve out spaces for themselves in this world. One is an Indigenous of Taiwan. One is a Taiwanese-Canadian. Dungi Sapor infuses her traditional culture within the contemporary sounds of electronic music, blasting confidence in her identity and artistic vision. Which Nancy plays freely in the world of music, blurring the lines of genre and media, creating platforms and possibilities for emerging and underrepresented artists.

All the way across the Pacific Ocean, these two musicians cross paths. As culture intermingles and heavy bass echoes, this is a DJ show that will resonate in your heartbeat, no matter who you are! This DJ Party invites you to dance without hesitation and to be yourself!

Presented by DowntownVAN
DJ Dungi
Artist Background

DJ Dungi Sapor grew up in the glorious Cikasuan village of the Amis tribe in Hualien. She was discriminated against and excluded by her peers because of her Indigenous identity when she was a child, but this did not destroy her confidence in her identity. She even studied finance law in hopes of helping her tribe and her people, and was also briefly an assistant at the National Congress of Taiwan. By reinterpreting and innovating with new music, she integrates Indigenous culture into contemporary sound, breaking the stereotype of Indigenous music. At the same time, she appreciates the traditional sounds of the world’s Indigenous population. She is currently experimenting with integrating the hand drum of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, and will be sharing her new creation for the first time at this event.

Which Nancy
Artist Background

李南屏 (aka Which Nancy) is a Taiwanese-Canadian interdisciplinary media artist, curator, DJ, and cultural producer. Which Nancy is a co-founder of Chapel Sound, an electronic music and art collective supporting emerging artists, and CURRENT, an intersectional and multidisciplinary initiative featuring artistic and educational programming for women, gender diverse artists, and BIPOC artists. They also run an event and production studio in Vancouver Chinatown, hosting cross-genre shows, workshops and residencies.

As a community music consultant, Which Nancy has worked with CreativeBC and Music BC. Nancy is an advocate for the music community, and has since developed two pilot programs with the City of Vancouver. Which Nancy directed the first contemporary VR dance film “Tidal Traces” in collaboration with Emmalena Fredriksson with the National Film Board of Canada. Which Nancy’s interdisciplinary works have been presented at Cannes Film Festival, SXSW, MUTEK, Berlin International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and more. They are an XR instructor at IM4 Media Lab at Emily Carr University, board director of Love Intersections Society, and artistic mentor at Festival of Recorded Movement.

From the Curating Team

Indigenous communities in Canada and Taiwan are reclaiming their heritage, blending traditional and contemporary art into a refreshing take on the journey of self-identity. This performance series showcases the beauty of cultural convergence, featuring Chinese orchestral music, Indigenous songs, and electronic music.

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TAIWANfest Vancouver is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered here, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples of this land while we engage in meaningful conversations of culture and reconciliation.

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