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Lincoln Center Signs Memorandum of Understanding to Provide Comprehensive Consulting Services to Tianjin, China's Fifth Largest City


Lincoln Center has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Tianjin Innovative Finance Investment Company (TIFI) to provide a broad range of consulting services in connection with building a world-class performing arts complex in Yujiapu, the financial center in the Binhai New Area of Tianjin, a central government designated economic zone.  The announcement of the MOU outlining a strategic framework for providing these services was made today at Lincoln Center by Katherine Farley, Chair of Lincoln Center, and Reynold Levy, President of Lincoln Center.

Yujiapu, located 45 minutes from downtown Tianjin and 2 ½ hours by car/45 minutes by a new bullet train from China’s capital city, Beijing, is the financial center of the huge greenfield development of Binhai which is approximately ten times the size of Manhattan. With metropolitan Tianjin’s population of 12 million, and Beijing’s of 20 million, Yujiapu is within easy commuting reach of some 32 million residents. Designated a national central city, Tianjin is in the midst of a dramatic expansion, anchored by the Yujiapu area whose cultural centerpiece will be a major performing arts complex scheduled to open around 2015.

This agreement marks the first time Lincoln Center will be providing professional consulting services to a performing arts project. Drawing on unparalleled 50-year operational and global artistic expertise, as well as extensive experience in building acclaimed, high-profile new performing arts facilities on its 16-acre campus, Lincoln Center will collaborate with TIFI in the planning and construction of brand new performing arts facilities. Subject to completing a binding agreement, Lincoln Center will recommend the content of artistic programming, propose an economic model for the performing arts center’s operations, establish a design and construction process, and provide staff training, all in close cooperation with TIFI.

Commented Lincoln Center Chair Katherine Farley, “This MOU is an important first step in Lincoln Center’s relationship to TIFI and the city of Tianjin. We look forward to providing assistance to TIFI as it plans, builds and trains its executives to operate this exciting new performing arts center.”

Added Reynold Levy, President of Lincoln Center, “China has identified the importance of arts and culture as a national priority, and, as a result, plans are underway to build an unprecedented number of performing arts centers.  Having nearly completed an award-winning $1.2 billion physical redevelopment of Lincoln Center, we’re delighted with the opportunity to use our knowledge and expertise to assist in the creation of world-class facilities and programs and in promoting increased exchanges between Chinese artists and organizations and their American counterparts.”

Lincoln Center is the world’s leading performing arts center.  Located in the heart of New York City on a 16-acre campus, it houses 12 prestigious cultural organizations including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  The other 11 are The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and School of American Ballet.

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