The National Center for Traditional Arts (NCFTA), formed in January 2002, is a subsidiary organization of the Ministry of Culture (upgraded from the Council for Cultural Affairs) with the prime delegations in overall planning the tasks of the protection, investigation, research, conservation, transmission and development of the nation’s traditional arts. In order to bring in civil societies’ strengths, manpower and resources, facilities inside the field delegating for communal services and not involving in public rights are commissioned to private sectors for proficient managements. Hence, the operation of NCFTA is authorized to take dual approaches- a principally governmental agency with enterprises’ assistances in running its partial provisions.
The amendment of Cultural Heritage Preservation Act was promulgated on February 5th, 2005, which declared NCFTA was the competent authority for traditional arts and folk customs related cultural artifacts; it also worked together with the National Center for Cultural Heritage Preservation and Research in the administration of traditional craftsmanship and skill preservers and the overall planning of the conservation, supervision, maintenance and application of intangible cultural heritages. In 2007, the Council for Cultural Affairs (CCA) founded the Preparatory Office of Cultural Heritage Administration; a portion of NCFTA’s executive affairs and staff were then transferred to this new institute. NCFTA therefore returned to its initial standing on implementing the works on the collection, conservation, presentation, education and promotion of traditional arts and its location was regarded as an ideal ground for carrying out the policy of intangible cultural heritages.
In March 2008, CCA intended to build a more complete organic system for traditional arts in Taiwan. Those existing troupes of traditional theaters and music with a similar nature, like NCFTA (including Taiwan Music Research Institute), GuoGuang Opera Company (including Bangzi Opera Team) and National Chinese Experiment Orchestra (the latter two originally belong to the supervision of the Ministry of Education) were under emerge. The Preparatory Office of the National Headquarters of Taiwan Traditional Arts (hereinafter referred to as the Headquarters of Taiwan Traditional Arts) was then set up to oversee the five subsidiary organizations:NCFTA, GuoGuang Opera Company, Taiwan Beangzi Opera Company, National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan and Taiwan Music Center. It was expected that the cultivationand promotion of tradition arts would achieve a greater effectiveness.
In May 2012, the Ministry of Culture (MOC) was established under the reorganization of the Executive Yuan. The Headquarters of Taiwan Traditional Arts was renamed to the National Center for Traditional Arts again and upgraded to be a Level Three administrative institution of MOC. The new structure of NCFTA includes three executive departments – Overall Planning Division, Performing Arts Development Division and Operation and Promotion Division and four subordinate units – GuoGuang Opera Company, Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company, National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan and Taiwan Music Institute.
NCFTA has been working on absorbing diverse and unique elements of traditional arts to conduct further studies, creations and applications. With the inputs of Yilan Park, Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center, Kaohsiung Park, cultivation platforms and inclusive experiencing grounds for traditional arts will be constructed. Meanwhile, the three professional performing groups, GuoGuang Opera Company, Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company and National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan, will also make their endeavors to be outstanding throughout the country and overseas, becoming the proud of Taiwan.