press release

Setouchi Triennale 2019
26.04.2019 - 04.11.2019

The Setouchi Triennale takes place in the picturesque setting of the Seto Inland Sea.
Its theme is the Restoration of the Sea, and it aims to revitalize the island communities that once thrived in this beautiful natural environment and to transform the region into a Sea of Hope.

Naoshima / Teshima / Megijima / Ogijima / Shodoshima / Oshima / Inujima / Shamijima [Spring Only] / Honjima [Autumn Only] / Takamijima [Autumn Only] / Awashima [Autumn Only] / Ibukijima [Autumn Only] / Takamatsu Port / Uno Port / Island Hopping


Art and Architecture
Art and architecture are powerful instruments for drawing people to the Setouchi region and allowing them to discover its distinct cultures, history and beautiful landscapes.

Celebrating Local Identity
Each community has its own unique identity rooted in its history and culture. This is reflected in local customs, arts, crafts, occupations, folklore, festivals, and architectural heritages that have been passed down for generations. The Triennale identifies and celebrates this diversity.

Revitalizing Local Communities
The Triennale explores opportunities to revitalize local communities through events that involve the local people and focus on the traditional lifestyles and local history preserved by island elders.

Connecting Setouchi to the World
The Triennale breathes new life into the Setouchi region by gathering people of all ages from diverse occupational fields and geographical regions to collaborate with local people in creating works of art.

Incorporating the World's Wisdom
The Triennale draws on the wisdom of people from both Japan and abroad in such fields as art, architecture, the performing arts, science, culture, philosophy and international exchange, to shine a light on regional cultures and serve as a beacon for local revitalization.

Shaping the Future
Children and young people, who will shape the region’s future, learn about this contemporary art festival and how it works while collaborating with people from all regions and generations.

Locally Sustainable
The Triennale is designed to inspire local initiatives and inter-island collaborations that continue year round and extend beyond the Triennale to other islands and communities, fostering locally sustained movements to restore the sea and revitalize the region.

Organizer|Setouchi Triennale Executive Committee
President|Keizo Hamada [Governor of Kagawa Prefecture]
Honorary President|Takeki Manabe [Former Governor of Kagawa Prefecture]
Vice President|Hideto Onishi [Mayor of Takamatsu]
General Producer|Soichiro Fukutake [Chairman of the Board, Fukutake Foundation]
General Director|Fram Kitagawa [Art Director]