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  Address: 30056 No.17, Sec. 2, Dongda Rd., Hsinchu City 300, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
  Telephone: 886-3-5420121 FAX : 886-3-5338012
  Opening Time: Wednesday to Sunday 09:00-17:00
  Ticket Price: By case
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  History of the Performing Arts Center: 
 
The Hsinchu City Performance Hall was the precursor of the Performing Arts Center of the Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Hsinchu City. Since July 1 2004, it has been under the management of the Performing Arts Section, Bureau of Cultural Affairs. With the performance of music as it major function the performing arts center also features plays, dance, etc as minor functions. The design of this specialized performance hall brought performing arts in Hsinchu City into a new chapter, establishing a new milestone in cultural affairs. Its excellent amenities offer domestic and foreign performing groups a professional space for their performances. For Hsinchu City’s citizens, it offers a quality space to enjoy recreational activities. In addition to presenting the people with an ideal place for recreational purposes by inviting brilliant local and foreign performing groups, in the future, it will also plan to promote education and counsel local performing groups. In short, it sows the seeds of performing arts in Hsinchu City. 
 
Accomplishments:  
Upon completion, with dual concern for both modern and traditional, popular and refined arts, the performing arts center continues to feature all sorts of performances, such as music, drama, dance, traditional opera, folklores, etc. In each year, there are more than 130 shows, which satisfy the citizens’ spiritual needs. Moreover, the Bureau also regards the promotion of performing arts education, sponsoring seminars on performing arts, and counseling local literary and arts groups as their major work as well. After the opening of the performing arts center, it sponsors a series of speeches on related topics, introducing performing arts to Hsinchu people systematically. Sponsoring performing arts in a multidimensional manner, the Center helps enrich people’s spiritual lives. Sowing the seeds of arts widely, it aims to cultivate more performing arts lovers. 
 
1. Performing Activities:  
Its sponsors all sort of performances, such as music, drama, dance, traditional opera, folklore, etc. Performing groups from Taiwan as well as abroad, including Moscow City Ballet, Irish (Hard Shoes) Dancing, Chicago Pops Orchestra, Godot Theatre Company, Comedian Workshop, etc performed here regularly. The accomplishments have been fruitful. 
2. Promote and Assist Local Literary and Arts Groups:  
The Center also assists the region in establishing performing groups, such as Hsinchu Philharmonic Orchestra, Lung Feng Hakka Opera Group, Wan Zu Dance Company, etc. In addition, it also established various assistance plans to aid regional performing groups. 
3. Promotional Seminars on Performing Arts: 
Catering for the needs of regional performing arts, such as music, dance, traditional opera, folklores, etc, the Center sponsors seminars and offer courses for all the Hsinchu citizens in order to cultivate regional art. The courses offered include Thousand People Bamboo Dance Camp, Wind City Performing Art Part 2 – Fool the Wind City – a Taiwanese opera class, etc.  
4. Promotion Education on Performing Arts:  
Integrating small experimental theatres, societies from different schools, regional performing groups, etc, the Center plans to offer various courses, accompanying with various activities, to promote performing arts and cultivate the population of art lovers. The Community Theatre: Wind City Performance Part 2 – Come and Join the Play is a good example. 
Prospects  
Other than offering Hsinchu citizens an ideal place for leisure and entertainment by featuring shows by brilliant performing groups abroad, the center also regards cultivating regional performing arts groups as its duty. Moreover, it also endeavors to introduce performing arts to Hsinchu citizens systematically, sowing the seeds of art in Hsinchu City. 
Concert Hall 
With musical performance as its major function, the Performing Arts Center is designed to feature various cultural activities, such as orchestral performance, drama, traditional opera, etc. In the Center, there are amenities such as back stage, dressing room, etc. In addition to the magnificent lights on the ceiling and the inner wall, there are the installations of air conditions vents, spotlights, and fire equipment. More importantly, the sound effects are the life of a concert hall. Therefore, the Bureau invited top sound effect designers abroad to cater our sound system (including sound absorption and reflection sound) for maximum results. In the ceiling, cat passages are installed to facilitate maintenance. Further, the seats are equipped with sound absorption devices for ideal sound effects. In addition, there is an elevating platform and elevating orchestra podium for special effects. 
 
【1】Location of the Concert Hall: 2F  
   Number of Audience Seats: 1062 (including 2F and 3F)  
【2】Theatre Layout: Proscenium Stage  
 
International Conference Hall  
The Conference Hall is located at the right of the lobby on 1F. Equipped with a stage, there are 148 seats in the hall. Air conditioned, both the lighting and sound effect are marvelous.  
 
Art Gallery 
There are three zones in the Art Gallery, including Zone A (right of the lobby), Zone B (left of the lobby), and Zone C (at the back of the lobby), whose areas are about 70 ping respectively. Equipped with a central air conditioning system, the lighting is ideal. In addition, there are display boards for rental. To use the lobby, the users must apply in advance. As an open space, the Art Gallery are the passages to the Concert Hall on 2F, 3F, and side exit, with a large number of art lovers passing by every day. In addition, there is a parking lot for the convenience of the audience.  
 
Dance Studio 
Regulations for Dance Studio  
 
1. Please take off you shoes , and put it in the shoe cabinet. 2. Foods and Drinks are not allowed.  
3. Please keep the studio clean at all times.  
4. Please don’t press the glass and mirrors.  
5. Please apply with the staff before using the sound system.  
6. Please take care of your valuable items. 
7. No posters or hanging items are allowed without the permission of the Performing Arts Center.  
Regulations for Using the Lockers  
1. Please take care of your valuable items.  
2. Please retrieve your items after lessons. We apology for not offering any storage services.  
3. For those that lose the key, a handling fee of 50NT$ will be charged.  
 
 
Trace of the Bamboo Henge  
 
The Trace of the Bamboo Henge is a model experiment of public art in Hsinchu City. There are gates in the north, east, south, and west of Hsinchu City respectively. In between them, there are walls connecting the gates to protect the people in the city. Outside the gate, there is also a castle with eight gates, around which bamboo is grown. Therefore, people called Hsinchu “Chu Chang.” With the “bamboo and city” as major images, Nicholas, Bella, and Pan Chia-cheng Studio designed this “Trace of Bamboo Henge.” Basically, the Trace of Bamboo Henge is the re-presentation of the castle, with the public art demonstration base as major site. However, there is no wall in their “city,” in which the people can walk freely. They may even take a rest anywhere they like.  
 
How to connect the images of the old city and bamboo? Regarding representing the old castle of Hsinchu City as major concept, the artists created urban sculptures, which contains 16 stone engravings in bamboo shape, symbolizing “Hsinchu.” These stone bamboos are placed around a circle with the diameter of 35 meters, symbolizing the outer rim of the castle. Moreover, they can be used as an outdoor theatre as well in mild seasons. As the axis of the circle is pointing towards the old Hsinchu Castle, bamboo is grown along the path linking the east and west ends. During the northeasterly monsoon and southwesterly monsoon, they are a shield from the wind as well.  
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