What is KOBE Biennale?

History and Objectives

Kobe has long thrived as a land and sea transport hub and, as one of Japan’s designated international ports, was once a rare and valuable point of interaction with the overseas. These developments gave way to arousing industry, laid the foundations of what would become a unique and varied city, and fostered a singular lifestyle culture. The opening of the Port of Kobe for contact with overseas in the Meiji era (1868-1912) was a particularly significant development, sparking the city’s long history of exposure to and translation of other cultures, and making Kobe a pioneer hub of people, goods and information, which led to a distinct culture of diversity

As the people of Kobe struggled to recover from the disaster of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake of 1995, the city experienced first-hand how art and culture can heal our hearts and minds, encourage us and remind us of the importance of kindness to others.

In light of the city’s history and collective experiences, Kobe made its Declaration of Culture Creation City on the 10th anniversary of the earthquake, and has since made it known to all that Kobe will try to affect the art and culture to promote the city to greater progress and vitality. Part of that effort has been the establishment of KOBE Biennale, a biennial celebration of Art Culture that aims to rally the ability of Art Culture and use it not only to promote art and culture, but also to contribute to the enrichment and environment of Kobe.

Venue: Kobe

Kobe is modern, sophisticated and fashionable' a fascinating mix of new and old. Blessed with the rich verdure of the Rokkô Ranges, the sophisticated flavor of a port town and the cosmopolitan beauty of the old foreign settlement, Kobe is truly a place where old and new interact-little wonder that the city is such a tourist drawcard, attracting many tourists every year. Once again, that scintillating city is set to host its biennial celebration, KOBE Biennale 2011.