The 2013 Taiwan International Cultural and Creative Industry Expo (TICCIE), which kicked off on Thursday in Taipei, features over 500 business representatives from around the world.
After three years of hard work, planning for the exhibition has gotten a lot smoother and the positioning of the fair has become very distinct, Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai said, adding that figures for the participating countries, businesses and booths have all reached a record high this year.
This year, a total of 564 businesses, 1,035 booths and over 120 international buyers from 19 countries or regions around the world, including Georgia, Azerbaijan, Peru, Macau, mainland China and South Korea, will participate in the four-day fair held at Taipei World Trade Center's Nangang Exhibition Hall between Nov.21 and Nov. 24.
Several world-class Taiwanese cultural and creative businesses, including Tittot Co., Ltd (琉園), a leading manufacturer, supplier and exporter of glass art, Tai Hua Pottery (臺華窯) and Bone Collection, will also participate in the fair.
A special theme pavilion on the revival of natural dyes will also be set up at the Expo to showcase nearly 100 cultural and creative design products featuring fiber-derived colorings. The pavilion is a precursor to the upcoming International Symposium and Exhibition on Natural Dyes (ISEND), which will be held in Taiwan next year for the very first time.
Several works by award-winning fashion designer Johan Ku (古又文) will also be displayed at the fair, including three sweaters he designed for Taiwanese girl band S.H.E.
In addition, the Hidden Art zone, a platform for new Taiwanese artisans, will present artworks designed by eight aboriginal craftsmen from Pingtung County.
For more information on Taiwan's largest cultural and creative event of the year, please visit the official TICCIE website.
Taiwanese design Johan Ku (left) is known for his signature chunky garments, three-dimensional knitting and free-form silhouettes.
Eight aboriginal craftsmen from Pingtung County will be featured in the Expo's "Hidden Art" section.
Taiwan-based Tittot Co., Ltd (琉園) is a leading manufacturer, supplier and exporter of glass artworks.