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National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts opens

This past weekend, Taiwan opened its National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. It is the largest arts venue in Asia. President Tsai Ing-wen spoke at the opening of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, the world’s largest single-roof performing arts center. The opening featured a concert featuring three generations of Taiwanese musicians performing in the grand concert hall, which seats nearly 2000, and is also home to the grandest pipe organ in Asia.

President Tsai said the construction of the center has progressed through three presidential administrations. The beautiful center was designed by Dutch architect Francine Houben and is situated on the 9.9 hectare Weiwuying Metropolitan Park, the site of a former military training ground. The new complex is home to five arts venues.

President Tsai said the new center belongs to Kaohsiung, Taiwan and the world. It brings a world class art venue to southern Taiwan. It represents Taiwan’s historical journey in its pursuit of freedom. She said the center is also the last piece of a global puzzle in national arts centers.

Dutch architect Francine Houben said her design was inspired by the iconic crowns of the Banyan Trees near the park which bring beauty and shelter to the area. The vast undulating structure reflects Kaohsiung’s rich culture and subtropical climate and provides a space for the public to enjoy the work of artists, take a walk or practice Tai Chi.