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"The scene is a late night in 1992 as autumn turns to winter, and a group of film and theatre friends in their middle-years gather round a hot pot table, discussing their dreams and the future. Who have we here? Titans all, that night sat Taiwanese film producer Hsu Li-Gong, director Ko I-Chen, writer and director Lo Pei-An, theater director Lee Yung-Feng, and the creative consultant Dr. Wu Jing-jyi. On this very night, they built a fearless Don Quixote dream.

To this group of dreamers, if “performing arts” is a lifelong career path, they would need it to be like a tree rooting deeply into the land; the deeper the roots stretch, the bigger it can grow. Work for Taiwanese children, seed in children hearts to create a meaningful future.

In most of the people’s childhood memories and toys, there was a “Paperwindmill,” which was the core of our concept. Assembled by a simple piece of paper and a stick, the windmill turning against the wind in one’s hand would always encourage people to move forward under adverse situations; the faces that run against the wind under the sun will always carry a smile. The spirit of Paperwindmill became “Let the wind blow and walk forward facing the wind.”

In 1998, the “Paperwindmill Cultural Foundation” was established. Combining experiences in children’s theater and forces in education promotions, we started receiving projects like large-scale local cultural events, public arts, and stage design/production. We have also traveled abroad - Mainland China, Paris, New York, etc., for art exchanges, so that the world can see more Taiwanese characteristics and cultural strengths.

In 2006, Paperwindmill launched a series of new cultural events leading off by the “Taiwan Paperwindmill Theatre’s"First Mile, Kid’s Smile"Arts for Children in 319 Townships Project.” Through private donations, we provided high-quality performances for children in all communities. Two years after we performed at the last community in 2011, “Taiwan Paperwindmill Theatre’s"First Mile, Kid’s Smile"Arts for Children in 368 Townships Project” had begun. In 2012, we started the “Taiwan Paperwindmill Theatre’s Anti-Drugs for Teens Theatre Project” touring middle schools. The project shifted from traditional doctrinal education to expressing the impacts of drugs through theatrical performances. In 2014, we transformed box trucks into art trucks carrying excellent performing groups to perform at much more temple courts, night markets, and mountains. “Taiwan Paperwindmill’s Countryside Arts Truck Project” has kept the open-air theater spirit and excellent performances living in all communities.

Paperwindmill has never forgotten to create children’s theater tailored to Taiwanese children. At the same time, expecting our future generations can be accompanied by Paperwindmill. The smiles of children and the support from everyone are the gentle breeze that keeps Paperwindmill turning.

It’s YOU that allow Paperwindmill to move forward step by step.
Let US work together for Taiwanese culture and art. "

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