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  China/ Hong Kong

The Wuxi Grand Theatre is a one of the key cultural projects in Wuxi, China. Wuxi Grand Theater stands on the south bank of Taihu Lake and covers a total area of more than 70,000 square meters. The building is designed by Finnish architect Pekka Salminen.


"Wuxi Theatre" by 王波波 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Photo 1: "National Grand Theatre" by Flickr user Hui Lan from Beijing, China - national theatre at Flickr. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons


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The National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) (simplified Chinese: 国家大剧院; traditional Chinese: 國家大劇院; pinyin: Guójiā dà jùyuàn; literally: National Grand Theatre), and colloquially described as The Giant Egg (巨蛋), is an arts center containing an opera house in Beijing, People's Republic of China. The Center, an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls and is almost 12,000 m² in size. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Construction started in December 2001 and the inaugural concert was held in December 2007.

The exterior of the theater is a titanium-accented glass dome that is completely surrounded by a man-made lake. It is said to look like an egg floating on water, or a water drop. It was designed as an iconic feature, something that would be immediately recognizable.

The dome measures 212 meters in east–west direction, 144 meters in north–south direction, and is 46 meters high. The main entrance is at the north side. Guests arrive in the building after walking through a hallway that goes underneath the lake. The titanium shell is broken by a glass curtain in north–south direction that gradually widens from top to bottom.

The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (GSO; Chinese: 广州交响乐团) is an orchestra based in Guangzhou, Guangdong. It was founded in 1957. The orchestra's current artistic director is Long Yu (余隆). It is the only Chinese symphony orchestra that has toured five continents. Greg Patillo, famous beatboxing flutist, was the acting principal flute of the orchestra at one time.


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Guangzhou Opera House (simplified Chinese: 广州大剧院; traditional Chinese: 廣州大劇院; pinyin: Guǎngzhōu dajùyuàn; Jyutping: jim2 zau1 daai6 kek6 jyun2) is a newly constructed Chinese opera house in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, People's Republic of China.


Photo: "Guangzhou Opera House overview" by 圍棋一級 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (GSO; Chinese: 广州交响乐团) is an orchestra based in Guangzhou, Guangdong. It was founded in 1957. The orchestra's current artistic director is Long Yu (余隆). It is the only Chinese symphony orchestra that has toured five continents. Greg Patillo, famous beatboxing flutist, was the acting principal flute of the orchestra at one time.


Photo: "GSO Building" by 慕尼黑啤酒 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Chinese: 香港演藝學院) is a provider of tertiary education in Hong Kong. Located near the north coast of Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island, the main campus also functions as a venue for performances. The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, established in 1984, is one of the leading institutes of arts higher education in Asia.


Photo: "HK HongKongAcademyForPerformingArts" by Chong Fat - Own work (Self took photo). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Established in 1977, Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) is a non-profit making, non-governmental and self-financed statutory arts organization, aiming at promoting contemporary performing arts, visual arts, film and video arts and providing arts education. The centre provides presentation spaces and venues including galleries, theatres, a cinema, classrooms, studios, restaurant and offices. In the centre, art lovers can experience Sculpture, Photography, Ceramics, Illustrations, and sound and visual installations.


Photo: "Hongkongartscentre" by [[User:Hong Kong Arts Centre|Hongkongartscentre]] - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre (Chinese: 西灣河文娛中心) is a community arts centre in Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong and maintained by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, one of the successors to the territory's Urban Council.


Photo: "HK SaiWanHoCivicCentre" by Chong Fat - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Shanghai Grand Theatre (Chinese: 上海大剧院) is one of the largest and best-equipped automatic stages in the world. Since the theatre opened on August 27, 1998, it has staged over 6,000 performances of operas, musicals, ballets, symphonies, chamber music concerts, spoken dramas and various Chinese operas. The site is located at the intersection of Central Boulevard and Huangpi Road South in the northern part of the People's Square in Huangpu District, Shanghai, China. It is the home of the Shanghai Opera House Company; however, the title "Shanghai Opera House" officially applies to only the performing company and not to the building. The Shanghai Grand Theatre is also the resident for other performing companies.


Photo: "Shanghai Grand Theatre - at night" by me (w:User:Pfctdayelise) - Image taken by me using Casio QV-R41. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

Shanghai Concert Hall is located on the intersection of Yan'an Road and South Tibet Road of Huangpu District, Shanghai. It was founded in 1930, originally named Nanking Theatre. In 1949, its name was changed to Beijing Cinema. In 1959, it was renamed Shanghai Concert Hall. The hall can accommodate 1,122 seats, 640 on the ground floor and 482 on the second floor. The stage is 8.35 metres by 16 metres, covering around 100 sq. metres. The Concert Hall was designed by Chinese architect Fan Wenzhao (范文照) in European style. In order to make way for Yan'an Elevated Road, the hall was relocated in 2007. The project embarked at 10 am on April 15, and cost 50 million RMB. The 5800 kiloton concert hall was first lifted 1.7 meters, moved east 66.4 meters, and finally lifted with another 1.7 metres at the new site, using Enerpac hydraulic cylinders. The project concluded on January 1, 2008. The Shanghai Concert Hall reopened on September 26, 2008.


Photo: "Concert hall shanghai" by Pyzhou - Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons

Tianjin Copncerty Hall

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  Chile

The Chilean government ceded a significant parcel of land in downtown Santiago to the municipality, in 1848, and an 1853 decree by President Manuel Montt Torres provided for the construction of a municipal theater in his nation's capital, by then a rapidly growing city. French Chilean architect Claudio Brunet des Baines was commissioned for its design, and its construction was entrusted to another French Chilean, civil engineer Felipe Charme de l´Isle. Brunet des Baines created a French Neoclassical exterior[1] for the theater, though his 1855 death left the supervision of the design to his countryman, Lucien Henault, and to the latter's assistant, Manuel Aldunate. The new team also benefited from a collaboration with Charles Garnier, the architect of the Opéra National de Paris.


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  Colombia

The Teatro de Cristóbal Colón (The Chistopher Columbus Theatre), also known as the "Teatro Colón", is located in Bogotá, Colombia and it is the nation's National Theatre. It was built in the Neoclassical style by the Italian architect Pietro Cantini in 1885 and inaugurated on 27 October 1892 on the occasion of the fourth centenary of the discovery of America with a performance of Verdi's Ernani.


Photo: "TeatroColonBogota" by Trent Chandra - originally posted to Flickr as DSC00382. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons