Creative Expo Taiwan (CET), the largest trade fair to present the unique lifestyle and values of Taiwan, will return on April 20 to promote a diverse range of creative products at three venues in Taipei through April 24.
Curated by Taiwanese designer Chen Jun-liang (陳俊良), in collaboration with Japanese event planner Toshiki Kiriyama (桐山登士樹), British creative consultant Jimmy MacDonald, and Danish curator Morten Gron, the 2016 CET will feature products of contemporary design and lifestyle under the theme "Savoring the Rich Eastern Culture.”
Following the previous theme of "the City is the Exhibition Hall and the Exhibition Hall is the Life,” the 2016 edition will add Rising Force Section, Creative & Design Service, and Licensing Hall to showcase diverse creative products designed by artists from Taiwan and other countries.
"Talent 100,” one of four sections in the Licensing Hall, will invite 100 emerging artists — 80 of them Taiwanese and 20 from other countries — to present works spanning illustrations, animations, comic books, photography, games, and figure collections.
The Ministry of Culture will also invite buyers from international chain retailers such as MONOQI, the Fangsuo Bookstore, ROOM Concept Store, and Another Story to consider retailing the showcased products.
Additional two-day forums will be held to explore topics including "Trend Perspective,” "Business Design,” "Creative Licensing,” "Contemporary Craftworks,” and "Lifestyle.”
Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi (洪孟啟) and chief curator Chen Jun-liang (陳俊良) introduced some participating brands at a press conference held on April 13. The Ministry of Culture also unveiled limited iPass souvenir cards that will be offered as free gifts, which will be made available to visitors in addition to the online stamp collection and lucky draw offered by the CET Fringe Shops program.
Taipei In Style, a fashion event organized by the Taiwan Textile Federation, will be held at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park from April 14 through 16 as a prelude event to the 2016 Creative Expo Taiwan.
2016 Creative Expo Taiwan
Date: April 20 - 24, 2016
(Open to the public from April 22 to 24)