Presidential Office Spokesperson Sidney Lin (林鶴明) conducted a press conference on April 3 to explain the stage design for the 2019 Presidential Office Concert, which is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on April 6 (Saturday) outside the Presidential Office Building on Ketagalan Boulevard. The event's organizer, the General Association of Chinese Culture, has based the stage design on the theme of "majestic rolling mountains," with Taiwan's diverse topography reflected in the three-part concert program.
Spokesperson Lin stated that the sloping scenery flats to be placed before the stage will symbolize Taiwan's towering mountain peaks and the cloud banks that so often hover above them. The stage itself will feature a rolling design, rising gradually from one height to the next, seamlessly ramping up to the Presidential Office Building's entrance porch. The stage calls to mind the terraced rice paddies that Taiwan's farmers build to adapt to local growing conditions. At the same time, dancing lights will transform the mountainous scenery flats into ocean waves, while the stage and the main tower of the Presidential Office Building combine to form a ship in the eye of the observer—reminding us that the people of Taiwan are navigating their way bravely and confidently forward together.
Another notable feature of the stage design, said Spokesperson Lin, is the use of nearly 150,000 concert-quality LED lights to create the broadest video screen in Taiwan. The brilliant LED lights fuse video and light with the classic beauty of the century-old Presidential Office Building, and this piece of architecture—which normally strikes the viewer with its solemnity—no longer feels cold and distant, instead taking on the friendly countenance of a place with tales to tell and warmth to share. Concert attendees will enjoy a feast both for the eyes and the ears. This year's Presidential Office Concert will be free and open to the public, and music lovers are encouraged to bring their family and friends to Ketagalan Boulevard to enjoy the event.
Spokesperson Lin mentioned that since the stage incorporates the Presidential Office Building, which is a national historic site, it was designed with the utmost care. Qualified technical experts have been hired to perform a safety assessment and implement protective measures as required by law, to ensure that the historic building remains in good condition even as concert-goers appreciate its beauty.