The Setouchi Asia Forum will be held for five days from Monday, October 17th to Friday the 21st in response to the increasing global interest in the Setouchi Triennale as a successful endeavor of regional revitalization through art.

People involved in regional development from Asian countries and regions will share their experiences, learn and discuss with each other.

To commemorate its opening, an open session will be held on Tuesday, October 18th. Leaders from the Asian arts and culture community, as well as those who have played a role in regional vitalization throughout Asia will lead the session. We look forward to your participation.


Date & Time
Tuesday, 18 October, 2016 (9:30-17:00)
Kagawa International Conference Hall (Sunport, Takamatsu, Kagawa)
200 seats
Admission free
Inquiry & Application
Setouchi Triennale Executive Committee / TEL 087-813-2244
Simultaneous interpretation service available(English-Chinese-Japanese trilingual)


Part 109:30-10:45

The Aim of Setouchi Asian Forum

Opening address
Keizo Hamada (Chairman of Setouchi Triennale Executive Committee, Governor of Kagawa Prefecture / Japan)
Keynote speech 1
“Era of cultural power: Expectations for art”
Tamotsu Aoki (Anthropologist, Director of National Art Center, Tokyo / Japan)
Keynote speech 2
“Art practice for creating beautiful farm villages”
Luo Yang (former president of Chinese Folk Literature and ArtAssociation / China)
Keynote speech 3
“The history and goal of the Naoshima development: Naoshima Method”
Soichiro Fukutake (General Producer of Setouchi Triennale, Chairman of Fukutake Foundation / Japan)

Part 211:00-13:00

Diversity of Asia

“Think about Asia and art from the global contemporary point of view”
Fram Kitagawa (General Director of Setouchi Triennale)
Presentation 1
“Art opens up Asia: Connectivity through art practices in Southeast Asia”
Apinan Poshyananda (Permanent Secretary of Thai Ministry of Culture / curator)
Presentation 2
“Connecting indigenous culture to contemporary art: Baguio experience”
Benedicto "BenCab" Cabrera (Chairman of BenCab Art Foundation / Director and Curator of BenCab Museum / National Artist of the Philippines)
Presentation 3
“Revitalization of Khmer arts and craft”
Sareth Svay (Artistic Director of Artisans Angkor, artist /Cambodia)
Presentation 4
“Art opens up leprosarium to the community”
Alice Ru Hwa Chiu (Secretary General of Institute for Historical Resources Management / Taiwan)

- Lunch -

Part 314:30-17:00

Perspective on our contemporary world

  1. “What is the history of the 20th century?”
    Yoichi Kibata (Historian, Professor of Seijo University, Honorary Professor of Tokyo University / Japan)
  2. “Future after 25 years, future after 500 years: Bridging the Generational History and World History”
    Shunya Yoshimi (Sociologist, Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies University of Tokyo / Japan)
  3. “Literature connects the world”
    Natsuki Ikezawa (Author , Poet/ Japan)