04.05.2019

Setouchi Triennale: An Art Tour of The Islands

The 2019 edition of the international art festival is opening soon on the beautiful islands of the Seto Inland Sea

  • Setouchi Triennale: An Art Tour of The Islands
  • Setouchi Triennale: An Art Tour of The Islands
  • Setouchi Triennale: An Art Tour of The Islands
  • Setouchi Triennale: An Art Tour of The Islands
  • Setouchi Triennale: An Art Tour of The Islands

The Setouchi Triennale is a contemporary art festival held every three years in the charming setting of the Seto Inland Sea. The theme is the Restoration of the Sea, since the festival aims to revitalise the Seto Inland Sea area, which has recently suffered from depopulation. This year will mark the fourth edition of the festival. 
The Seto Inland Sea is Japan’s largest inland sea, 450 km long from east to west. The width from south to north varies from 15 to 55 km. It is the centre of the Setouchi region, which comprises the coastal areas of Honshū, Shikoku and Kyūshū, three of the four main islands of Japan. Due to the partial enclosure by islands, archipelagos and peninsulas, the sea water is calm, like that of a lake. The numerous islands dotting the Seto Inland Sea are rich in astonishingly beautiful nature, white sand beaches and terraced fields.
In 1934, the area centred on Bisan Seto, which spans Kagawa Prefecture, Okayama Prefecture and Hiroshima Prefecture, was appointed the Setouchi National Park, one  of the oldest to be designated as such.
 
Historically, the Seto Inland Sea served as a main transport line between its coastal areas, namely for the kitamaebune("northern-bound ships") a shipping route in Japan from the Edo period to the Meiji era, going from Osaka to Hokuriku and Hokkaidō. In the 1960s, the large-scale industrial development and the pollution arising from it deeply affected the beauty of the islands. Therefore, the Seto Inland Sea is a trove of history and culture, including negative heritage. The purpose of the Setouchi International Art Festival is to transform the region into a sea of hope for all the areas around the globe.
 
The venues are abandoned steel mills and houses on several islands, including Shōdoshima, the largest in the Seto Inland Sea, Naoshima, known for its many contemporary art museums, the nearby Teshima and the small Ogijima and Megijima. There are seven concepts in Setouchi Triennale 2019: “art and architecture”, “folklore”, “livelihood”, "exchange”, “wisdom of the world”, “future” and “creating bonds”.
 
The 2019 festival is held over three sessions: 
Spring Encounters, from 26th April to 26th May;
Summer Gatherings, from 19th July to 25th August;
Fall Expansions, from 28th September to 4th November.
 
There is a 3 Season Passport for those who want to enjoy all three sessions of the 2019 Triennale, whereas those who plan to visit only one session can buy a Single Season Passport.
 
Since there are no litter bins on the islands, please dispose of your rubbish responsibly elsewhere. Litter bins can be found at Takamatsu Port.
 
 

Author : Slower Journal

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