Weiwuying Selected as Time Magazine's 2019 World's 100 Greatest Places
Time Magazine recently published 2019 World's 100 Greatest Places that are noteworthy to visit, stay and eat/drink. National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) is selected among the extraordinary places to visit, and the first in Taiwan to be included. Among art institutions, the list also includes Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum, concocted by the renowned creative collective, Teamlab; the new National Museum of Qatar designed by Jean Nouvel; the Shed in New York, Xiqu Centre in Hong Kong and V&A Dundee in Scotland.
Stating the vast 25 acres arts compound formerly a military base is now the largest performing arts center under a single roof, Time points out the stages had seen world-class performances since its opening in October 2018, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Weiwuying has generated much attention worldwide since early stages in construction. Since opening its doors in in 2018, the center has created buzz internationally, including coverage from the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC travel, National Geographic Channel and such, demonstrating arts as Taiwan's significant soft power.
The mission of being “a center for the arts, and arts for the people,” Weiwuying aspires to play an important role in connecting Taiwan and the world with world-class performances. The ten-week opening season in 2018 saw high-caliber artistry of Berlin Philharmonic, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, and won high appraisal for the full-scale opera Turandot co-produced with the Deutsche Opera am Rhein.
Weiwuying is soon to celebrate its first anniversary this autumn. The birthday bash will be welcoming three-time Olympic opening performing artists, Finzi Pasca combining theater, dance, circus and opera in the mesmerizing La Verità this September. While the itinerary rolls into October, Dancing Grandmothers from Korea created by one of the tour de force in the international dance scene, Eun-Me Ahn, and the fantastical opera of animation and music in The Magic Flute that took the world by storm since 2012, created by UK's 1927 and Berlin's Komische Opera. For more details on the anniversary program, please go to Programs Section.