Taiwan announced the opening in October 2018 of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying). In a single sweeping building designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo, Weiwuying incorporates five separate state of the art performance spaces, covering a surface area of 9.9 hectare (24.4 acre) and is set in the spectacular 47 hectare 116 acre) subtropical park in the heart of Kaohsiung, making it the world’s largest performing arts center under one roof.
Taiwan’s most significant cultural investment in a generation, the new Center will incorporate:
A 2,248 seat Opera House, with a proscenium design, orchestra pit and equipped with the latest stage technology for performances on a large scale
A 2,012 seat Concert Hall in vineyard style and equipped with a 9,085 pipe organ built by Orgelbau Klais, the largest pipe organ ever built in Asia
A flexible Playhouse, seating between 1,052 and 1,212 depending on its varying configuration between proscenium and thrust stage, suitable for theatre, dance, and Chinese Opera.
A 434 seat Recital Hall, ideal for chamber music and solo recitals
An outdoor performance space, seamlessly linking the building with the park, and open to audiences of up to 20,000.
Weiwuying will open its door to the public on October 13. Featuring 171 top artists from Taiwan and around the world, Weiwuying Grand Opening Season presents more than 70 performances and workshops of theater, circus arts, dance, music and interdisciplinary works from October 13 to January 1, 2019.
Weiwuying announced its plan to host performances by the world’s top artists as well as work created specially for the Center’s unique spaces, developed within the local community. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel, who conducts in Taiwan for the first time, will be among the first artists to perform at the Center. International collaborative partners have so far included New York’s Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival, Singapore International Festival of Arts, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay Singapore and Aerowaves Spring Forward contemporary dance festival. Learn more about its grand opening on the Center's website.