Taipei, The newly inaugurated Taipei Music Center is part of the government’s efforts to boost the development of the pop music industry in Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said at the opening of the new venue Thursday.
“Taiwan has always been at the heart of the Mando-pop world, and many popular songs started in Taiwan,” said Tsai, who also expressed her hope that the center, which cost NT$6 billion (US$204.41 million), will help maintain Taiwan’s status as a hub for pop music in Asia over the coming decades.
According to Tsai, the new center has the capacity to seat an audience of 6,000 and fills a gap in Taipei, which lacks a medium-sized venue between live houses and Taipei Arena.
“What you have established is the future of Taiwan’s pop music,” Tsai said when addressing staff at the center in Taipei’s Nangang District, which took 17 years to plan and build.
Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te (李永得) described the Taipei Music Center as “an engine accelerating the pop music industry, that can lift Taiwan’s pop music industry to a higher level.”
Thursday’s opening took place at the center’s main venue — the concert hall — while the other main facility, an exhibition hall, is still under construction.
The concert hall is equipped with international standard facilities, according to the ministry.
Following the inauguration ceremony, the center will host a free outdoor concert on the afternoon of Sept. 5, with an all-ticket event in the concert hall that evening, featuring singer-songwriters Waa Wei (魏如萱), Lala Hsu (徐佳瑩), and Oaeen, formerly known as renowned Taiwanese band Sodagreen.
The center said it will start selling any remaining tickets at 4 p.m. on Saturday through the KKTIX ticketing service.
Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards, the top music awards in the country, will be held at the center and hosted by Wei, a previous winner, on Oct. 3.
The Taipei Music Center and yet to be opened Kaohsiung Music Center are two of the 10 infrastructure projects initiated by the government since 2003, the culture ministry said.
The government expects Kaohsiung Music Center to open by the end of this year, it added in a statement on Thursday.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel