Setouchi Triennale 2019 Guide

This year one of the major cultural and artistic events of Japan is taking place, I’m talking about the Setouchi Triennale.

If you’re reading this page, I’m going to assume that you know at least a little about it, but just in case, a few reminders:


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What is the Setouchi Triennale?

The Setouchi Triennale (瀬戸内国際芸術祭 – Setouchi Kokusai Getjusu-sai in Japanese, which can be translated as Setouchi International Art Festival) is a contemporary art festival that takes place every three years (“Triennale” in Italian or French means “triennial” in English).

It started in 2010 and the fourth edition of the festival is in 2019.

It’s an art festival, but it encompasses way more than just contemporary art in the strict sense of the term as it also prominently features creative fields such as architecture, performing arts, local crafts, cuisine, and more.


Dream of Olive by Wan Wen Chich on Shodoshima


When does the Setouchi Triennale take place?

In 2019, it takes place over three sessions:

  • Spring – from April 26th to May 26th
  • Summer – from July 19th to August 25th
  • Autumn – from September 28th to November 4th


Where does the Setouchi Triennale take place?

The Setouchi Triennale is located in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea of Japan. More precisely, on 11 islands of the Kagawa Prefecture, one island of the Okayama Prefecture as well as the city of Takamatsu and Uno Port (Tamano City).


Why is there even a Setouchi Triennale in the first place?

The Setouchi Triennale is not just one more art festival. The purpose for an event on those somewhat remote islands is to revitalize the whole area. One that is rich in culture and history but that is currently threatened by depopulation even more than some other parts of Japan. The goal is to revive the islands and the area through art and culture.


If you want more general information about the Setouchi Triennale, I invite you to check out this page:

Setouchi Triennale 2019 Advice and Tips

Also, if you have questions, comments, want to share your own experience about the Triennale and more, may I invite you to join this Facebook Group? (not official and maintained by the author of this site)



Islands and Artworks of the Setouchi Triennale

The following links will lead you to pages that are site specific and will give you more information on each island and port, including a list of the artworks that can be seen or experienced there:


Takamatsu             Uno Port



Ogijima’s Soul by Jaume Plensa


Please note that the information that you can find in these pages are by no means official. I’m trying to keep those pages up-to-date but it could happen that some information is inaccurate or outdated. If it turns out to be the case, please excuse me, but keep in mind that this site is maintained solely by the author on his free time. Thanks for your understanding.

Sources: The Setouchi Triennale’s official website, as well as the author’s various visits and contacts on the islands.

This guide was made in collaboration with Hinomaple:

Setouchi Triennale 2016 Guide





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