A grand contemporary art festival held once every three years
The Setouchi Triennale is an international contemporary art festival, held once every three years in two ports and on twelve islands in Kagawa and Okayama Prefectures. The 2019 Triennale welcomed numerous visitors from Japan and all over the world, and the next is planned for 2022. Visitors can always enjoy permanent installations, but many fans come again and again for the works only viewable during the Triennale.
The Seto Inland Sea, site of the Setouchi Triennale, has been a vital transportation route since ancient times. Ships plying its waters stopped at different islands where their crew passed along the latest cultural and lifestyle trends. The distinctive local cultures that emerged through such interactions can still be found today. The islands’ unique identities, however, are being eroded by the shrinking and aging of their populations and the diminishing vitality of the region, which have accompanied the acceleration of globalization, optimization and homogenization. The Setouchi Triennale aims to revitalize island communities that once thrived within the spectacular setting of the Seto Inland Sea, a nexus of trade and cultural exchange, and transform this region into a Sea of Hope for the world.
・Setouchi Triennale Executive Committee President: Keizo Hamada (Governor of Kagawa Prefecture)
・General Producer: Soichiro Fukutake (Chairman of the Board, Fukutake Foundation)
・General Director: Fram Kitagawa (Art Director)
- Inspiring Art