Taiwan’s cultural calendar bristles with festivals celebrating everything from a god’s birthday to jazz. The country is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world to experience folk and religious festivals – wonderful to behold and involving everyone. A surprising number of young people help out at religious parades. Onlookers are welcome, sometimes even to take part. There’s always a sense of inclusion regardless of faith and never a sense that the proceedings are too sacred for photography. Taiwan is also one of Asia’s cultural capitals. The host of festivals held in the major cities throw light on what the country’s cultural heavyweights are up to.