Creative Expo Taiwan 2021 (CET 2021) will be held at three venues in Taipei, Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, and Taipei Expo Park-Expo Dom, from April 16 through April 25. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the largest cultural and creative trade and exhibition platform in Taiwan presents three exhibition sections curated based on the practice of business and strategy oneness, technology accessibility, cultural economy and future vision.
This year's theme "Supermicros" is a symbol of Taiwan emerging from micro mechanisms of beliefs, presenting Taiwan's cultural diversity through natural environment, cultural ecology and industrial technology.
Ministry of Culture (MOC) held a pre-exhibition press conference on Apr. 8. Those present included Deputy Minister of Culture Lee Ching-hwi (李靜慧), Director of Taiwan Design Research Institute Chang Chi-yi (張基義), consultant curator Kung Shu-chang (龔書章), and chief curator Lin Kun-ying (林昆穎).
At the press conference, Chang Chi-yi made a review of the development and achievement of CET over the past ten years. Starting from a sole business exhibition model, it has enriched the cultural connotation of the exhibition, attracted curators and engaged in cross-field cooperation through various transformations.
Chang also emphasized, the highlight of this year's expo is incorporating business and exhibition. For instance, at the cultural concept section in Huashan, visitors will be able to purchase a variety of cultural and creative products that are integrated with the contents of the exhibition.
Deputy Minister Lee pointed out that, the number of visitors over the years has increased tremendously, from 64,000 in 2010 to 350,000 in 2019. Last year, amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the annual event was suspended. "It is nice to see that CET is back this year," she said.
First held in 2010, CET aims to aid Taiwan's cultural and creative industries in expanding market access domestically and globally, through showcasing the best of Taiwan's culture and creativity. It has curated a specific annual theme since 2017 to enhance Taiwan's cultural influence.
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