The NTCH consists of four indoor performance venues and four outdoor plazas. The four indoor venues include the National Theater and Experimental Theater located next to Xinyi Road, and the National Concert Hall and Recital Hall located next to Aiguo East Road. Four outdoor plazas offer the space for various types of performances that require close interaction with the audience without the stage as a barrier. In the NTCH building, both orchestras with over one hundred members and solo performers can find the space most suitable for them.
Over twenty thousand performances have been held at the NTCH, the premier performance venue in Taiwan, since its inauguration. The NTCH has played the roles of host, producer, sponsor, and renter. Over one thousand well-planned and sophisticated programs performed yearly make the NTCH highly regarded among Chinese venues. Regular performers at the NTCH include Domingo and Carreras (two of the Three Tenors) and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Large-scaled performance groups, such as the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Münchner Symphoniker, Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker, Sydney Dance Company, and Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), have performed on the stage of the NTCH time and again. Furthermore now-deceased maestroes from various genres of performing arts, including the French mime artist Marcel Marceau, choreographer and dancer Martha Graham, the conductors Sergiu Celibidache and Giuseppe Sinopoli, the violinist Isaac Stern, and the pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva, have left priceless historical legacies at the NTCH.
The National Theater is suitable for major drama productions, ballet, opera and other similar performances; the Experimental Theater is just right for small dramatic productions and dance groups; the National Concert Hall is suitable for symphony orchestra performances; and the Recital Hall is perfect for chamber music, recitals and other small-scale performances.
These venues are available for rental by public organizations, private arts management companies and performing groups when not in use by the Center’s own scheduled performers.
The National Theater has traditional Chinese Ming and Qing style architecture, featuring a royal hipped roof similar to that of the Hall of Supreme Harmony seen in the Forbidden City in Beijing. The theater has four floors with a total of 1498 seats which are located close to the theater's stage so that audiences may have better viewing. There are state of the art surround speakers along with carpeted floors to absorb sound, crafted wood designs on the walls that help balance acoustics, and golden carved decorations to further the effect of sound absorption.
Located in front of the stage is the orchestra pit which can place 70 people or act as an extension for the stage or for two extra rows of seating for the audience. Aside from the main stage there is a back stage, a rotation stage, side stages, and a lower back stage. The main stage surface is composed of four lifting platforms, each one made with 6 1mx1m trap holes that can be individually or simultaneously opened. The back stage can store a rotation stage, that is 13 meters in diameter and can rotate 360 degrees, and can also sit flat on the main stage as the stage's surface.
There are 53 boom cranes that can be used to set up lights or stage settings. They can be controlled manually or by a computer, with the manual ones making up 19 that can lift materials up to 300KG with 34 computer-controlled ones that can lift the same amount. The back stage and side stage have their own suspension system and there are 585 lighting circuits for performance. In addition to the lighting towers located on the boom cranes and two sides, there are lighting facilities for performances on both sides of the frame, back upper part of the fourth floor, back half of the ceiling, and the front half of the huge chandelier.
National Concert Hall
The National Concert Hall also has traditional Chinese Ming and Qing style architecture, featuring a hipped-and-gable roof whose status is only lower than a hiped one similar to which of the Hall of Preserving Harmony seen in the Forbidden City in Beijing. The roof has been built into two overlapped upper and lower layers to make it more lively in view. There are 2064 seats in the hall that are divided amongst three floors. It has reverb control at 1.7 to 2.1 seconds in accordance with international standards, and the walls and floor surrounding the audience are made in a smooth design in order to let sounds project naturally and absorb reverb. Wherever one sits can hear sounds coming from the stage naturally rather than through a microphone.
There are 16 electric platforms that are controlled electronically either individually or together in order to suit various types of groups such as symphony orchestras, choral groups as well as many others. The stage can accommodate 150-200 people. There is a magnificent organ made by the well-known organ manufacturer Flentrop that makes the hall even more special. Organs are like royalty among musical instruments. It is 14m long, 9 meters high and 3 meters deep, with a total of 4172 pipes. The longest tube is nearly 5 meters high, where the shortest is only 15 cm, the thickest has a diameter of 30 cm, and the smallest is only 1 cm. The pipes are made from both metal and wood, and between manufacturing, shipping and installation, the organ took nearly two years to complete.
Also known as the "Black Box", the Experimental Theater is located in the National Theater on the third floor and can accommodate 179-242 people. It is the first theater in Asia to feature a tension cable roof woven with many cables and which can withstand the weight of 20 people who are 75 kg or less, suspended in any place to install props or lights. Almost all of the major theatre troupes have performed at this venue. In recent years, NTCH has held arts festivals and has invited various avant-garde groups from abroad to perform.
The theater underwent renovation in 2007 to improve the stage's front space and backstage dressing rooms. Bright colors were added to make it look more modern and energetic, making it an excellent venue for arts performances.
The Recital Hall is located on B1 of the Concert Hall and can accommodate up to 361 people. The auditorium holds small performances such as recitals and chamber music along with lectures and workshops. It is the most exquisite performance area at the NTCH and also the best place for Taiwan's contemporary artists to perform. The Cleveland Orchestra even played a free show there since the group enjoyed the atmosphere so much.
Conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic, Seiji Ozawa, said “I've never seen such a large outdoor audience!” when he stepped out of the National Concert Hall to thank the more than 60,000 people gathering at the Plaza listening to the live outdoor broadcast of the concert he conducted.
The Plaza has a total of four areas: the Main plaza, the Theater Terrace, the Concert Hall Terrace, and the Terrace. Events hosted by the NTCH and other organizers are held in this area, such as the Open A International Arts Festival, simultaneous outdoor broadcasts of well-known symphony orchestras, and open-air performances of groups such as Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Cultural Group.
Arranging rental schedules
- Rental schedules for the first half of each year (January – June) are arranged in February of the previous year, and schedules for the second half (July – December) are arranged in August of the previous year. The duration for applications is two weeks. Please see the details announced prior to the opening date of applications.
- Applications during other periods of the year may be accepted depending on availability of the venue.
- Applications for use of the National Theater should be made at least six months in advance of the opening date, and applications for the National Concert Hall should be made at least four months in advance.
- To check for availability you can consult the Announcements section of this website or call (02)33939732, 33939733, or 33939734.
1.Personal applications (for solo singers or performers): applicant must be at least 20 years old and must have made major public appearances in Taiwan or overseas.
2.Performing groups, agents, or foundations must be registered with the appropriate authorities in Taiwan or a member country of the WTO.
3.Universities or colleges or their associated musical, drama, or dancing groups must have been approved by the Ministry of Education or appropriate authority in a WTO country.
Types of performance allowed
- Performances must be compatible with the specifications of the venue and must conform to the standards of the NTCH.
- Performances must be intended for public viewing and not for a private audience, with tickets openly available for sale. In addition, events which require the use of other parts of the NTCH complex should be related to the primary performance.
- The Center is not available for use for ceremonies, banquets, awards ceremonies, or other similar functions.
- Events such as lectures, international conferences, or international performance competitions are limited to the Recital Hall or the Experimental Theater.
Details related to the application are written in the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center Venue Rental Agreement.
Approval and arrangement of dates
All applications for use of NTCH facilities must be approved before scheduling can be arranged. Applicants are evaluated in accordance with the established “Principles for Maintaining Program Quality” of the NTCH. The results of the evaluation and relating statistic data will be placed on the online venue rental system of the NTCH website. Upon granting approval, NTCH will then begin the process of organizing accepted applicants into the program in accordance with the “Principles for Program Arrangement”.
Scheduling and contract signing
A refundable deposit must be paid within seven days of receiving notification of approval and scheduling from NTCH in order to guarantee reservation of a facility. The contract must be signed and returned along with all rental fees within the designated period or the application shall be declared void and the deposit fee forfeited and the NTCH shall have the right to assign the period involved to other groups as needed without prior notification of the applicant in default. Details about the rental procedure and fees are written in the “Statement of Rental Fees of Venues and Facilities” and “Statement of Rental of Venue and Facilities – General Regulation”.
In addition: Please follow the format of the application forms and fill out the forms correctly. The application will not be processed otherwise.