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National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) is the first national theater located in southern Taiwan. Its superb location and rich history signify its mission of bridging the past with the future, connecting local and global talents.

Designed by Dutch architect Francine Houben, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) spans 9.9 hectares and sits in the northeast corner of a vast lush park. Transformed from a military training base to an arts and culture center of the future, Weiwuying continues its heritage of talent fostering and civil service. As it becomes one of the pivotal theatre complexes in the arts. Weiwuying hopes to bring forth new experiences and life-changing moments that make the arts special to eveyone.

Weiwuying Arts Festival / Hotter Than the Sun Music Festival

Leading up to Weiwuying’s official opening, festivals, performances and events are already vibrant and happening on its adjacent compounds and outdoor areas. Weiwuying works to establish partnerships and collaborations with local and international organizations. International theater and opera co-productions, Paradise Interrupted with Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival and Singapore International Festival of Arts, Turandot with Deutsche Oper am Rhein are currently performing. Weiwuying’s new initiative, Taiwan Dance Platform has partnered with Aerowaves Spring Forward to bring exceptional Asian new choreographies to Europe. Weiwuying is dedicated to foster arts in education and nurture local arts industry, and has since 2015 launched series of professional workshop programs for theater professionals and general public.

WORKSHOPS

Workshops/Poetry in Motion by Legend Lin Dance Theater

Workshops/Opera Master Class with soprano Valentina Farcas

Workshops/Linklater Voice Workshop

WORKSHOPS


Weiwuying Arts Festival and Weiwuying Children’s Festival are two major festivals beginning in 2011 to create opportunities for a concentrated arts experience and cultivate audiences. Participation has repeatedly strike new highs. Programs offer wide selections from traditional to contemporary and novelties from across the globe. This cross-culture and cross-genre diversification allows children, teenagers, and even elderlies to shape their own artistic world. As the sole national arts center in southern Taiwan, Weiwuying actively connects professionals, art-lovers and friends from all over the world, and pursues to serve as a friendly venue for performing arts, moreover to take the helm in bringing about a transformation through arts in the society.

VENNUS

National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) is Taiwan’s largest theater complex at 141,000 sqm. It consists of four indoor stages at total 6,000 capacity: Opera house (2,260 seats), Concert Hall (2,000 seats), Playhouse (1,250 seats), Recital Hall (470 seats), and an amphitheater which seats 1,000.

Weiwuying is Taiwan’s most significant cultural project since the eighties, featuring the most modern theater technology. It transformed from its historical military training base to an arts base present day with the mission to drive arts development in the southern Taiwan region.

Weiwuying sits on the northeast corner of the 47-hectare Weiwuying Metropolitan Park. Surrounded by an extravagance of lush green vegetation, the building exterior takes of graceful curvatures built in collaboration with Kaohsiung’s own shipmaking industry. The large canopy signifying banyan tree crowns glides to the ground in a smooth curve, blending seamlessly into the surrounding environment. People from close and afar can access the building freely, creating an intimacy between theatre and life.

Inspired by the lush banyan trees in the park, architect Francine Houben created the design resembling tree trunks and shaded open spaces to allow aerial routes in the Banyan Plaza.

The great roof resembling the tree crowns provides shade and protection from Taiwan’s tropical climate and forms an informal public space where city residents can stroll, practice Tai Chi, meditate. An open-air theater nestles on the roof where the structure curves to the ground, with the surrounding park forming the stage. The seamless integration between interior and exterior spaces create opportunities for crossovers between formal and informal performances.

The Opera House is a proscenium stage in a horseshoe seating arrangement with a total of 2,260 seats. It is a fully automated stage primarily for performances such as operas, dramas, dance and interdisciplinary performances.

The proscenium stage is matched with wing space of similar sizes on the left and right.

Proscenium opening is maximum
Main stage measures
  • consists five stage elevators each of 16m(w)×3m(d)
  • equipped with a 14m diameter turntable
  • 74 battens above the main stage area
  • 2 side bars and 6 lighting ladders on each side stage

Rear stage measures

Orchestra pit elevator is 130 sqm meeting requirements of a full orchestra.

The Concert Hall is designed in a vineyard style to create intimacy with a house of 2,000 seats.

Main Stage
Downstage
Upstage

Main stage is sector-shaped in 20m(w) downstage, 15m(w) upstage and 14m(d) and consists of five stage elevators. Acoustic shells are height-adjustable according to purposes.

The pipe organ manufactured by Johannes Klais Orgelbau consists of 9,085 pipes. The asymmetrical arrangement of the symphonic organ and the echo organ creates unprecedented sensational impact to the audience.

The Playhouse is a fully automated stage with flexibility to configure into a proscenium or thrust stage, and accommodates 1,254 and 1,094 seats respectively.

The proscenium opening
Main stage measures
  • Trap door located center stage is 12m x12m,
    comprised of 72 movable panels, each 2m (l) x 1m(w).
    Panels can be lowered 4m below stage level.
  • 67 battens above the main stage area
  • 3 side bars on each side
Left and right stages each measures

Rear stage measures

The Recital Hall is an asymmetrical shoebox style.

Main Stage Measures

An entire circle of sound-absorbing drapery behind the perforated wooden panels surrounds the upper half of the Recital Hall. The size of the drapery used is determined by performance genres so as to offer a superb acoustic effect.

TEL
The Management Team of National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts

Building 292, Nanjing Rd., Fengshan Dist., Kaoshiung City 83079, Taiwan | MAP

National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts

No.1, Sanduo 1st Rd., Fengshan Dist., Kaohsiung City 830, Taiwan|MAP