On April 2nd, 2014, the National Performing Arts Center (NPAC) was established, marking a milestone in the development of Taiwan’s performing arts. NPAC noted a unique structure as Taiwan’s first non-departmental public body that encompassed three institutions and one subordinate group operating under a single entity. The institutions and the subordinate group include the National Theater & Concert Hall (NTCH), the National Taichung Theater (NTT), the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) located in Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung, and the Taiwan Philharmonic (also known as the National Symphony Orchestra, NSO).
NPAC has a board of directors and a committee of supervisors, responsible for managing and supervising NPAC. The Chairperson manages and oversees all affairs of NPAC internally. The General and Artistic Directors (for the institutions) and the Music Director (for the NSO) lead their team to manage the institution or the NSO.
The Institutions and Subordinate group of NPAC
Built in 1987, the National Theater & Concert Hall located in Taipei is Taiwan's first venue devoted to professional-level performing arts. In 2004, the NTCH became the first non-departmental public body, and later joined NPAC in 2014. The NTCH operates under three core values: sustainability, resilience, and innovation, with the aspiration to be recognized globally as a "cultural icon."
Inaugurating in 2016, the National Taichung Theater, located in Taichung, believes in the transformative power of theater for cities and nations. As “a Theater for Art and Life,” the NTT aims to be the platform for artists to create, experiment, and present, and for the art to integrate into people’s lives.
The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts is located in Kaohsiung and was first inaugurated in 2018. The core vision of Weiwuying is “Center for the Arts, Arts for People.” Weiwuying brings and develops both local and international talents to southern Taiwan and contributes unlimited energy to the performing arts.
Founded in 1986, the Taiwan Philharmonic joined NPAC in 2014. With its diverse and rich music, the NSO demonstrates the cultural energy “From Formosa” to the international society. The NSO consistently serves as a medium for promoting and revitalizing the arts environment.