National Theater and Concert Hall to get NT$600 mil. renovation
By Linger Liu,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The National Theater and Concert Hall Taipei (NTCH) said yesterday it plans to spend NT$600 million to update hardware and software audio services as well as renovate the major performance halls.
January 3, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
This is the first time the NTCH has planned a massive renovation in 25 years. The NTCH said it operates an average of 1,000 performances a year. Given the large number of patrons, equipment in the performance hall and venues has degraded. Further, some areas of the complex have encountered issues such as leakage and unstable power supplies. In light of these problems the NTCH planned a renovation for 2015 and 2016.
The NTCH's artistic director, Huang Pi-twan (黃碧端), said it may take around nine months to recondition the theater hall — a project which is scheduled to run from January to August of 2015. The concert hall may take around four months to renovate with work scheduled for January to April in 2016. There will be at least one performance hall operating during the renovation period said the director.
Huang said new stage equipment will be purchased, with current manual equipment set to be replaced by automatic equivalents. The NTCH will replace the carpet and wooden floor which lines the performance halls and stage, as well the walls of the VIP rooms.
Huang said maintenance will be carried out on the complex's music instruments, while the stereo system will be upgraded to improve sound quality.
Huang said artists and performance groups should start negotiating with other venues to find substitute locations for their performances.
The director said that during the renovation period, the NTCH will increase the number of outdoor performances as a substitute for the lesser number of indoor performances. For the Taiwan International Festival of Arts in March 2015, the NTCH will build a tent theater that can accommodate 1,000 audience members.