Int’l theater network to keep HQ in Taiwan
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.