Taipei Music Center set to drive industry development: Tsai

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/27/2020
By interns Grace Hu,
Meryl Kao, and Eden Wang

CNA photo Aug. 27, 2020

CNA photo Aug. 27, 2020[/caption] Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) 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.

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