Opened on October 8th 2005 by Her Majesty Queen Sofía and the President of the Regional Government of Valencia, Francisco Camps, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía is a magnificent building designed by Santiago Calatrava with an area of approximately 37,000 square metres and standing 70 metres high. It provides the City and Region of Valencia with the best route into the international arts circuits, particularly those of opera and major musical and theatre performances.
As a 21st century centre, the Palau de les Arts has all the latest technology to enhance its avant-garde and cutting-edge image. It is a driver of culture that puts the whole region of Valencia, with its age-old musical tradition, at the forefront of the world stage.
There are four separate auditoria:
The building also has facilities for teaching and other activities closely linked to the world of art and culture.
The Palau de les Arts is the ultimate artistic element of the Valencian Government's ambitions in terms of culture in its broadest sense, alongside science, technology and nature.
Its main objectives are to promote art and culture as a way to make society more dynamic; to create an avant-garde enclave for the performing arts; and to help disseminate all the various artistic and cultural manifestations, such as music, dance and theatre.