Join Japan’s Setouchi Triennale 2022 with Miki Travel DMC

The Golden Week has just ended, and many Japanese have devoted this long holiday period to exploring their own country.


One of the most popular destinations of this year has been the recently inaugurated Setouchi Triennale, a world-famous contemporary art festival held on 12 islands of the Seto Inland Sea (between Honshu and Shikoku) and in the ports of Uno and Takamatsu.


As the name suggests, the Triennale is held every three years. The festival was launched in 2010 to revitalise the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, struggling with progressive depopulation much like other rural areas of Japan. Art exhibitions and installations have brought back life to the area, attracting visitors and much-needed income for the local activities. The event has grown more and more popular internationally thanks to the beautiful scenery and laid back atmosphere of the islands and has become a symbol of rebirth for the local communities. In fact, this event is not only about the art on display; one of the best parts of the Setouchi Triennale is the opportunity to experience the nature and history of these unique islands, ride the ferries, try the regional food specialities and interact with the local people.


The 2022 edition of the Setouchi Triennale goes from April to November and is split into three separate sessions: Spring, from the 14th of April to the 18th of May; Summer, from the 5th of August to the 4th of September; Autumn, from the 29th of September to the 6th of November.


The festival includes permanent site-specific art installations on the islands as well as exhibitions that will only be displayed for a single season.


Exhibiting artists are invited from the whole world; some of them are selected by the panel of experts who organise the event, while some others are chosen with an open call to participate. Many of the art pieces will remain at their respective sites after the Triennale closes. During the course of the previous editions, more and more artworks have been added to the permanent art display of the islands; therefore, you can enjoy visiting the art sites even during the gaps between sessions, or after the festival ends, and still find plenty to see and do.




Author: Deb Davad

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