Cultural managements

Songshan Culture Park extends opening hours to 10 p.m. on trial

Taipei, July 3 (CNA) Songshan Culture and Creative Park in eastern Taipei has temporarily extended its weekend opening hours to 10 p.m. as the redeveloped former tobacco factory hosts a large array of indoor nighttime activities through 9/11 as part of the trial run.

While the park’s outdoor spaces are open 24 hours a day, Taipei’s Department of Cultural Affairs said on Saturday that indoor spaces that previously closed at 6 p.m. had been open until 10 p.m. from June 24 on Fridays, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

At the center of the Trial Run is the Park’s Summer Festival (夏日松一下–夏喂咦!?), which features shopping markets, exhibitions, art installations, and other cultural activities involving more of 500 artists, teachers and partner sellers.

If the festival goes well, the park hopes to make the new extended hours permanent starting early next year, according to the city department.

The department said the park had developed plans to keep its indoor locations and services open in the evenings in 2019, with events such as evening outdoor yoga and movie screenings in 2020 being the park’s management testing the waters.

Unfortunately, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced management to abandon their plans and maintain their previously scheduled hours.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) welcomed the new opening hours, saying Taipei needed an iconic nightlife district to rival Paris and Seoul.

As the nearby Taipei Dome nears completion, Ko said the park’s extended opening hours would be the first step towards building a magnetic destination that can draw in the crowds and bustle of the evening.