Nagoya hopes the Aichi Triennale art festival will bring together artists and citizens from around the world.

The international art festival, which started Aug. 21, is showcasing cutting-edge contemporary art and stage performances at four locations in the city under the theme of “Arts and Cities.”

“I would like to make the city more attractive by promoting arts and culture,” said Aichi Gov. Masaaki Kanda, head of the steering committee for the inaugural event.

As the first host, Aichi has invested ¥1.4 billion into Aichi Triennale 2010 to energize the prefecture’s arts community. Most of Aichi’s recent growth has been driven by the manufacturing sector, particularly autos, led by local powerhouse Toyota Motor Corp.

The Triennale will be held once every three years. Among works showing at Aichi Arts Center, the main venue, are a painting by Cai Guo Qiang, who staged the opening event for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and an installation produced by renowned artist Yayoi Kusama. The center will also hold opera and other stage performances.

Unique works are also being displayed at the Choja-machi site, a well-known textile district; the Nagoya City Art Museum in Shirakawa Park; and the Nagabashi area near the Horikawa River.

Akira Tatehata, director of the National Museum of Art in Osaka and the event’s artistic director, said the festivity will help promote exchanges between the people and artists.

“When facing art, one should try not to hold stereotypes,” Tatehata said, calling on those not interested in art to view the exhibits and interact with the artists.

A total of 131 artists and art groups from Japan and abroad are scheduled to participate in the Aichi Triennale, making it one of the largest art events in the country.

As many as 300,000 people are expected at the festival, which would make it comparable to the Yokohama Triennale, which was held for the third time in 2008. The Aichi event ends Oct. 31.

This section, appearing Saturdays, features topics and issues from the Chubu region covered by the local daily Chunichi Shimbun. This article was published Aug. 21.

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