Kaohsiung, November 2 (CNA) The new Kaohsiung Music Center (KMC) will host the 2022 Golden Melody Awards, marking a return to the city for the first time in 17 years.
The Ministry of Culture made the announcement on Sunday at the opening ceremony of KMC, whose indoor hall with a capacity of 5,500 seats will also host the Golden Indie Music Awards (GIMA) this weekend.
During the ceremony, Culture Minister Lee Yung-te (ææ°¸ å¾) said that KMC, inaugurated on October 31 as the first state-funded pop music venue in southern Taiwan, will open a greater potential for the music industry in the region and across the country.
He also announced that the 2022 Golden Melody Awards will follow in the footsteps of this year’s GIMAs by taking place in the new music center.
The next GIMA ceremony is the first event organized at the site by the government.
The Golden Melody Awards were last held in Kaohsiung in 2005 at the Kaohsiung Cultural Center, which also hosted the awards in 2001 and 2002.
Since then, the awards have been held exclusively in Taipei, first at the Taipei Arena and for two years at the Taipei Music Center.
President Tsai Ing-wen (è¡è±æ) told the KMC opening ceremony that Taiwan’s music industry is filled with vibrant creativity, cultivated on the soil of democracy.
KMC would help the Taiwanese music scene take important milestones and allow more young local artists to be seen by more audiences, she said.
Designed jointly by a team of Hispanic-Taiwanese architects, KMC cost over NT $ 7 billion (US $ 251.23 million) to build, with facilities such as Wave Tower, Coral Zone, Whale Bridge, Dolphin Walk and Live Warehouse spread over 11 hectares.
KMC said the unique design of the honeycomb-shaped Wave Tower, the site’s main building, aimed to present the building as an international landmark signifying harmony between the port and the city.
The design of the white-clad Wave Tower has already earned it a Gold Award at this year’s FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards in the Public Infrastructure / Development category.
KMC’s indoor performance space, “Hai-Ing Hall”, can accommodate 5,500 people, while the exterior “Hi-Breeze Square” can accommodate 8,000 spectators.
The site also includes a talent cultivation space, a pop music exhibition space and several smaller concert halls.
Approved by Cabinet in 2009, the construction of KMC was passed by five prime ministers and three mayors of Kaohsiung. It was planned, designed and built by the Kaohsiung City Government as part of the country’s â10 Big New Construction Projectsâ.