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World's largest craft biennale opens in S. Korea

09-21-2011 16:22 BJT

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Cheongju International Craft Biennale, the largest fine craft-based biennale in the world, raised its curtains on Wednesday, with the participation of over 3, 000 artists from 65 countries.

Under the subtitle "not just new, but necessary,"this year's biennale, which runs from Sept. 21 to Oct. 30, aims to explore the value of craft and the way it functions in today's context.

Since its debut in 1999, the biennale has been working toward promoting the host city, Cheongju, as the world's craft design industry center.

"This biennale will raise the value of life through combining and blending related genres such as design and fashion, as well as elevating the status of Cheongju as a high-class, cultural city," said the Mayor of Cheongju, Han Bum-duk, in his opening address.

The main exhibition of the biennale focuses on the essential quality and sustainability of craft by displaying 87 works including stained glass, wallpaper, tapestries, chairs and lamps.

The city expects the biennale to draw about 400,000 visitors this year.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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