Taipei, Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) will open a repair and maintenance facility in Taipei’s Nangang District to guided tours for the first time in its 36-year history during the city’s annual “Nuit Blanche” all-night arts festival on Saturday.
The half-hour guided tours at “Power Equipment Repair and Maintenance (PERAM) Taipower” will be conducted starting at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. with a maximum of 20 people per group, the Nuit Blanche website said.
The tours are free of charge but people should register online beforehand. Information on registration is available on the Nuit Blanche Facebook page.
The PERAM is considered one of the highlights of this year’s Nuit Blanche program, given that it has never been opened to the public since it was established in 1984.
The facility services over 300 machines a year, doing equipment overhauls, inspections, calibrations and maintenance. It will be relocated to Linkou District in New Taipei at the end of 2020.
Another draw of the overnight event is expected to be a photography installation, inspired by French street artist JR, which will showcase portraits of 202 Taipower service people powering up light bulbs.
The portraits will be displayed on the outside walls of the PERAM.
“They all had their portraits taken, smiling, wearing a hard hat and holding up a light bulb. It doesn’t just represent what Taipower people do on the job but also what we as people do every day,” said 2020 Nuit Blanche Taipei Art Director Lin Kun-ying (林昆穎).
PERAM chief Chiu Tu-tien (邱土添) said the facility has been in Nangang for over 30 years and has witnessed the district’s transformation from a remote area full of small and medium-sized factories into one of the best districts in Taipei.
No decision has yet been made on what will become of the PERAM’s land once the facility has moved away, Chiu said.
The Nuit Blanche will take place from 6 p.m on Oct. 3 to 6 a.m Oct. 4, featuring 21 art installations and 50 performance groups.
The Bureau Francais de Taipei has worked with Taipei to organize the annual event since 2016, according to David Kibler, head of the culture, education and science section at the French Office in Taipei.
Even though the idea of the Nuit Blanche night-time arts festival, which originated in Paris in 2002, has since spread around the world, the Nuit Blanche Taipei is very special to his office, Kibler said.
“This is because the most beautiful Nuit Blanche event in Asia is in Taipei,” Kibler said.
The 2019 Nuit Blanche Taipei, held in the city’s Dazhi area and Neihu District, attracted about 400,000 participants, according to the Taipei government.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel