Conference Reception

The conference reception will be hosted by the Commissioner of Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government, at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. Join us on the first evening of the conference for drinks, networking and a tour of this historic venue.

About Songshan Cultural and Creative Park

The original site of the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park was home to the first modernised tobacco factory in Taiwan. Built in 1937 during the Japanese colonial era, the building operated as the Matsuyama Tobacco Plant of the Monopoly Bureau of the Taiwan Governor’s Office. The factory site was designed using the concept of an ‘industrial village’, which took into consideration the needs of the employees as well as the production line. With its large open spaces and courtyards, the site was a pioneering design for industrial plants at that time. The architectural style belongs to the genre of Japanese Early Modernism, with emphasis placed on horizontal lines, simple classic shapes and refined workmanship and the buildings were considered to be an exceptional model for industrial plants in that era. The boiler room, mechanical maintenance factory, and tobacco Factory were completed in 1939, and began production in October of the same year, with 1200 workers hired in its initial stage. After 1945, the site was subsequently taken over by the Taiwan Monopoly Bureau and renamed the Songshan Tobacco Plant of the Taiwan Provincial Monopoly Bureau. The factory ceased producing cigarettes in 1998.

In 2001, the Taipei City Government named the defunct factory as Taipei’s 99th cultural heritage site of the city and in 2011, the site officially opened to the public as Songshan Cultural and Creative Park transforming an icon of industrial heritage into a creative hub. Today the park hosts a number of artistic, cultural and creative events and is a centre for the cultural and creative industries in Taipei.

With thanks to Songshan Cultural and Creative Park and the Commissioner of Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government.

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