On April 29, the curtains closed on 2018 Creative Expo Taiwan, which focused on promoting discourse over design this year. Key industrial and design figures from Taiwan and abroad were invited to showcase their ideas for "designing a better future together" and foster industrial and economic development over the 12-day expo.
This year 559 companies from 23 countries participated, with 250 events held across three venues. More than 300,000 members of the public joined in as well, and the event generated some NT$600 million in financial value. In addition to this, the 2018 expo also included the inaugural "Cultural Tracks" feature, with well-known figures from the worlds of culture, art, and design coming together to recommend 223 places of artistic and cultural interest across Taiwan.
Huashan 1914 Creative Park was designated the "Cultural Curation" section of the event,hosting a diverse range of exhibits covering nature, aesthetics, handicrafts,music, fashion, creative lifestyles, and cinema. Over 60 rising Taiwanese curators and designers took part in the event, the most in the Creative Expo's history. The variety of designs and visual forms of expression drew enthusiastic crowds.
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park was home to the "Craft & Design" section, with a special focus on "Design Brands." There were also a number of international design forums headed by heavyweight speakers like Digital Minister Audrey Tang and experts from seven countries. The Songshan venue also brought together exhibits by 13 cities and counties across Taiwan in another new record for the Creative Expo. Each city or county government planned a different theme and experiential activities to showcase its regional culture.
TheTaipei Expo Dome focused on "Creative Licensing" by providing simple, elegant insights into the world of intellectual property and commercial development models. Four talks were held on the topic of images and licensing to help foster a more in-depth understanding,with one each focusing on culture, markets, the law, and technological applications. As well as providing insights into image licensing transactions,these talks also presented ways to think about the creation and development ofintellectual property.
Onehighlight of the Expo Park licensing area was the way technology was incorporated into many of the exhibits. Inaddition, international organizations such as Japan's Character Brand Licensing Association, the Thai Animation and Computer Graphics Association, and the Malaysian Comics Society were present to recommend rising stars of their respective countries. Another popularspot at the venue was the wall of limited-edition Creative Expo Taiwan gachapon, or vending machine-dispensed capsule toys.
Over the course of the 2018 Creative Expo Taiwan, over 4,000 buyers and professionals sought purchasing and collaboration opportunities. Looking to thefuture, the Creative Expo Taiwan aims to go deeper, becoming a leader in exhibiting cultural and creative trends; go wider, tapping a wider range of domestic cultural tourism resources; and go more global, making Taiwan an important cultural and creative partner on the global stage and home to Asia's most thought-provoking exhibitions.