Setouchi Triennale, also known as Setouchi International Art Festival, is a contemporary arts festival held every three years, the first having been held in 2010 on the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, an area with a rich traditional culture and natural beauty. In 2016, the third festival, titled “Restoration of the Sea*1,” will be held, the aim of which is to present the Seto Inland Sea a “Sea of Hope” for the world.
The festival is held for 108 days in total and divided into seasons: the spring season runs from March 20 to April 17, the summer season from July 18 to September 4 and the autumn season from October 8 to November 6, 2016. The venues where art works are exhibited include 12 small islands in the Seto Inland Sea (Naoshima, Toshima, Megijima, Ogijima, Shodoshima, Oshima, Inushima, Sayajima (spring only), Motojima (autumn only), Takamijima (autumn only), Awasima (autumn only) and Takamatsu Port, as well as Uno Port in Okayama Prefecture.
In addition to the art works, architectural exhibitions and related events that were held during the past two festivals, The Food Project – where you can taste the food of Setouch is also planned, as well as international cultural exchange events, particularly with other Asian countries. Visitors will be able to appreciate the rich food from the sea and mountains of the Seto region.
The exhibitions in 2016 will consist of various projects by 177 groups of artists from 25 countries and regions of the world, including work by Shinro Otake, which incorporated the needle factory of Toshima, a huge installation by Christian Boltanski, which uses wind chimes, work by Sputniko!, staged at a house, a new presentation of bonsai by Masashi Hirao and the Kagawa Bonsai Production Promotion Conference, and many more. The exhibits function as presentations of the characteristics of the islands and the surrounding region, sublimated into forms of artistic productions.
The only way to visit multiple venue events will be through“island hopping”, which can be done by taking the different ferries connecting the islands. A seasonal ticket, the “Triennale 3-Season Passport"** includes admission to 200 venues including museums and art galleries, and is valid for all three seasons of 2016. The passport is presented in the so-called “stamp rally” style, that is, you will get your passport stamped at the entrance of each exhibition. The venues are expected to be crowded and as such, it is recommended that some leeway be taken into account when planning.
“The Seto Inland Sea has long been an important nexus of transportation. Boats from the mainland came and went, bringing new cultures and lifestyles to the islands dotting the Sea. Since then, the islands have developed their own unique culture, which remain today, set against the backdrop of tradition. However, in today’s globalizing world, the islands are losing their unique characteristics because of the aging of the populations on the islands and the decline of the local area’s vitality. We are holding the International Art Festival, “Setouchi Triennale” in hope of bringing this vitality back to these islands, where nature and the lifestyles of the people have coalesced together. We aim to make the Seto Inland Sea a “Sea of Hope” for the world.”
**TRIENNALE 3-SEASON PASSPORT
[Price] *tax included
Adult: Advance 4,000 yen [During the Triennale 5,000 yen]
High school students: Advance 2,500 yen [During the Triennale 3,500 yen]
[Official Website] http://setouchi-artfest.jp/en/ticket-goods/
SETOUCHI TRIENNALE 2016
Spring | March 20th [Sun] — April 17th [Sun]
Summer | July 18th [Mon] — September 4th [Sun]
Autumn | October 8th [Sat] — November 6th [Sun]
Total Days Held : 108
12 islands of the Seto Inland Sea + Takamatsu and Uno
Naoshima / Teshima / Megijima / Ogijima / Shodoshima / Oshima /Inujima / Shamijima [Spring Only] / Honjima [Autumn Only] /Takamijima [Autumn Only] / Awashima [Autumn Only] / Ibukijima [Autumn Only] / Takamatsu port and Uno port
[Official Website] http://setouchi-artfest.jp/en/