The 2015 Creative Expo Taiwan (CET) kicked off on April 29 to promote the aesthetics and cultural sensibilities of the Chinese-speaking community. The 6-day fair has a total lineup of 615 vendors, 1,000 buyers, and 1,200 booths from 18 nations.
Taking place at three cultural sites across Taipei — Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Songshan Cultural & Creative Park, and Taipei Expo Park — the Creative Expo attempts to espouse its core concept of "the city is the venue; life is the platform.”
Huashan will focus on graphic and industrial applications of creative design, Songshan will showcase lifestyle products, and the Expo Park is dedicated to wearable fashion. All three sites aim to reflect Taiwan's latest advancements in cultural creativity and consumer design.
The Ministry of Culture has also arranged a special showcase to promote promising young artists from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. These 30 artists include the 28-year-old Apu Jan (詹朴), a Taiwanese designer who has established the APUJAN brand in the United Kingdom.
Two pavilions representing Japan's Toyama Prefecture (富山縣) and the Sumida Ward of Tokyo will be staffed with traditional artisans and craftspeople, while the United Kingdom and Thailand have each organized a pavilion dedicated to their unique fashion ethos.
A smartphone app has also been created to guide expo-goers to creative boutiques, bookstores, cafes, galleries, theaters, and craft shops around the city. Users will receive event notifications on their devices when they are within the proximity of any of the 150-plus participating stores.
Apart from the first two days (April 29 - 30), which are reserved for professional buyers, expo-goers will receive free admission at all three main sites and related fringe events. Please log onto creativexpo.tworcetmap.tw for further information.
U.K.-based Taiwanese fashion designers such as Apu Jan and Shao-yen Chen are featured at the British pavilion.
The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts has chosen to display an array of creative tea pots at its booth in Songshan Cultural & Creative Park.