Int’l theater net­work to keep HQ in Tai­wan

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Scenog­ra­phers, Theatre Ar­chi­tects and Tech­ni­cians (OISTAT), one of the world’s largest net­works for theater pro­fes­sion­als, will keep its head­quar­ters in Tai­wan un­til at least 2020, the Min­istry of Cul­ture an­nounced Fri­day.

Cul­ture Min­is­ter Hung Meng-chi and OISTAT pres­i­dent Louis Janssen inked a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment at a cer­e­mony in Taipei that day, al­low­ing OISTAT to con­tinue its stay in the coun­try un­til 2020.

OISTAT, with mem­bers across the globe, is a net­work for theatre de­sign­ers and theatre ar­chi­tects and tech­ni­cians. It was founded in 1968 and was based in Prague, Czech Re­pub­lic, un­til re­lo­cat­ing its head­quar­ters to Am­s­ter­dam in 1993.

In 2006, the or­ga­ni­za­tion moved its head­quar­ters to Taipei, where it has been ever since. It holds reg­u­lar theater work­shops and ac­tiv­i­ties in Tai­wan.

Janssen told CNA af­ter the sign­ing cer­e­mony that his net­work de­cided to stay in Tai­wan be­cause of the ment.

One of Tai­wan’s ad­van­tages is that the gov­ern­ment in­vests a lot of money in build­ing new theater venues, such as the Na­tional Taichung Theater, the Wei Wu Ying Cen­ter for the Arts in Kaoh­si­ung and the Kaoh­si­ung Mar­itime Cul­tural and Pop­u­lar Mu­sic Cen­ter, Janssen said.

He said it is also good that the OISTAT head­quar­ters is lo­cated in an Asian coun­try in­stead of a Western one, as this pro­vides some bal­ance.

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He said he hopes to see that bal­ance come to fruition when Taipei hosts OISTAT’s World Stage De­sign ex­hi­bi­tion in 2017.

“In pre­vi­ous years ... it was al­ways about Shake­speare and Western types of theater, and now I hope we will have more Asian and Tai­wanese theater,” he said.

Min­is­ter Hung said hav­ing OISTAT in Tai­wan has helped the coun­try gain more vis­i­bil­ity in the world theater com­mu­nity and has given lo­cal the­atri­cal tal­ent more op­por­tu­ni­ties to show­case their work.

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