The 2015 Creative Expo Taiwan (CET) successfully concluded on May 4. The event attracted more than 185,000 visitors, effectively promoting many promising young artists and fulfilling this year's core concept — "the city is the venue; life is the platform.”
With a record number of exhibitors, the six-day event had a total lineup of creative products from 18 nations, 615 exhibitors, and some 1,400 booths concurrently showcased at three cultural sites across Taipei — Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Songshan Cultural & Creative Park, and Taipei Expo Park. All three sites reflected Taiwan's latest advancements in cultural creativity and consumer design.
Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi (洪孟啟) visited the expo several times, and stopped by the Songshan Cultural & Creative Park again on last day of the fair to encourage young artists to follow their dreams. The park showcased lifestyle products that have won acclaim from exhibitors and buyers.
A key function of the fair is to serve as a platform for domestic designers and creative businesses to network with local and international buyers. More than 1,100 international and local buyers were invited, and the organizers arranged 495 matchmaking sessions over the course of the expo. It is estimated that the total output generated by the expo's activities and follow-up purchase orders will exceed NT$390 million in revenue.
Gilles Masse, project manager of the online edition of Wallpaper magazine, revealed that the focus of his trip was to learn more about Taiwan's latest creative products due to their unique features. Other foreign labels such as South Korean stationary and music store Kyobo Hottracks, Japan's furniture store Sempre, American design store Leibal, and Italy‘s TWENTYFOURSEVEN SRL have all expressed their deep interest in Taiwan's new brands and will keep the possibility of future cooperation in mind.