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Shuiyuan Theatre

Introduction to Shuiyuan Theatre

Liu Wei-gong, Commissioner of Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government, first right, along with other officials and representatives from troupes, unveil the board reading Shuiyuan Theatre May 1 in Taipei. (Photo by Psyche Cho)Located on the 10th floor of the Shuiyuan Market building in the bustling Gongguan area, Shuiyuan Theatre was formerly an auditorium used by the Department of Compulsory Military Service. In 2009, in compliance with the "Gongguan Riverside" scheme initiated by the Taipei City Government (TCG), the venue was remodeled as a 500-seat experimental theater and placed under the administration of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government. Now undergoing trial operation, Shuiyuan Theatre is a venue designed for regular performances in Taipei. It is expected to accumulate local cultural force through linking spots such as Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei Water Park, Gongguan Night Market, Hakka Cultural Park, and Kishu An Forest of Literature. This will help to revive Taipei's performing arts industry and bonding development along Tamsui River, together with the artistic installation at Heart of the Fountainhead, making Shuiyuan Market building a new cultural landmark in the Taipei riverside area.