Taipei Performing Arts Center to open for trial in March

Taipei, Jan. 11 (CNA) The highly anticipated Taipei Performing Arts Center will soon open for a trial period from March to May to test its three auditoriums, a senior city official said Tuesday.

The 59,000 square meter cultural landmark, which cost NT$6.75 billion ($243.8 million) and lasted 10 years, will host 15 performance groups and 58 shows in its three auditoriums during the construction phase. trial from March 11 to May 15, Taipei Deputy Mayor Tsai Ping-kun (蔡炳坤) said at a press conference.

“Finally, the Taipei Performing Arts Center will welcome people from Taipei, and I’m sure many people will be deeply moved and excited,” Tsai said.

One of the auditoriums that complement the complex’s futuristic design is the Globe Playhouse, an 800-seat spherical theater that resembles a planet, while there’s also the Grand Theatre, a 1,500-seat hall, and the Blue Box. , a multifaceted room with 800 seats. theater for experimental performances, according to Tsai.

Considered one of Asia’s most significant cultural developments in 2022, the complex has grabbed international headlines, Tsai added.

The complex is expected to have an impact on Taiwan’s performing arts as it will provide a venue not only for accomplished artists, but also for up-and-coming artists to help them grow, said Taipei Performing Arts Center President Liu Ruo-yu (劉若瑀) mentioned.

“It’s like opening a door for artists of all levels to come in,” Liu said. “We want to make Taipei Performing Arts Center an international landmark, where people from all over the world will come to see you perform.”

The new arts center rises above the hustle and bustle of Taipei’s internationally renowned Shilin Night Market, famous for its nightlife and one of the city’s must-see tourist destinations.

People coming to watch the shows will also complement the area’s vibrant business activity, said Austin Wang (王孟超), CEO of the center.

“We hope we can attract more theaters, cafes, restaurants, art galleries to the area,” Wang said.

Construction of the Taipei Performing Arts Center began in 2012, and the building was completed in August 2014. The facility was commissioned by the Taipei City Government to support performing arts groups.

The complex is expected to fully open in July with the official opening in August, according to a statement from the Taipei Performing Arts Center.

More information on tickets for performances during the centre’s trial phase can be found on its website at https://www.tpac-taipei.org/

(By William Yen)

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William E. Bennett