Gwangju Mayor Lee Yong-sup participated in the Gwangju Design Biennale 2019 opening ceremony held at the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall Square on September 6th, along with Kim Dong-chan, Chairman of Gwangju City Council, Lee Byung-hoon, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Economic Affairs, and Yoo Hae-jin, Honorary Ambassador of Gwangju Design Biennale. (Sep. 6, 2019)Gwangju Mayor Lee Yong-sup participated in the Gwangju Design Biennale 2019 opening ceremony held at the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall Square on September 6th, along with Kim Dong-chan, Chairman of Gwangju City Council, Lee Byung-hoon, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Economic Affairs, and Yoo Hae-jin, Honorary Ambassador of Gwangju Design Biennale. (Sep. 6, 2019)
I Opening ceremony attended by over a thousand people including dignitaries and citizens
I Exhibit includes 1130 works from 50 different countries in Main Exhibition, Special Exhibition, Industrial Academic Event, and more
I Simultaneous promotion of linked projects such as export consultation conference for invited international buyers
I Gwangju Mayor Lee Yong-sup: “Hoping to give momentum to Design Industry development.”
The Gwangju Design Biennale 2019 opening ceremony was held on the afternoon of September 6th, with a theme of ‘HUMANITY’, beginning a long march lasting for 55 days. Over a thousand people attended, including Gwangju mayor Lee Yong-sup, various domestic and international figures, and local residents.
The ceremony was followed by a welcome speech by the mayor of Gwangju, a congratulatory message from honorary ambassador Yoo Hae-jin, and an exciting celebratory performance featuring the theme ‘HUMANITY’, directed by Human Light&Right/Media Artist Jin Siyon.
In his welcome speech, Mayor Lee said: “Back in 2005, the Gwangju Design Biennale launched as the world’s first colligated international design event, and it is now celebrating its 8th anniversary. Since the very first year, the Gwangju Design Biennale has combined design industry with various content and productive values, which have strengthened the national economic ability and brought internationalization and popularization to the design industry.”
He continued: “Following the past events, this year’s Biennale has prepared various exhibitions and projects that suggest examinations of social problems in the community by presenting the value of design and range of roles. Furthermore, it suggests a vision for a sustainable human community. Especially, this year’s Design Biennale set a goal to be an opportunity for the next design industry development resulting in job creation as well as vitalizing the regional economy through the “Business lounge advancement” allowing the purchase of products and showcasing product excellence by representative Gwangju city industries, to increase the competitiveness of key regional industries.”
■ Exhibition of 1130 art works from 760 artists & enterprises from 50 countries including UK
The Gwangju Design Biennale 2019 has doubled in size since last year. Especially, the Special Exhibition is now a similar scale to the Main Exhibition, allowing more visitors and Gwangju residents an opportunity to visit ▲Asia Culture Center, ▲Gwangju Design Center, and ▲Eunam Art Museum.
Highlighting the value of individuals and community, ‘HUMANITY’ has become an intensifying issue of international society, and was presented here through five main exhibitions as well as ▲five special exhibitions, ▲industrial academic events, ▲business linked programs, ▲training sessions, and ▲various other events.
The 8th Gwangju Design Biennale 2019 invited 650 artists from over 50 countries, including the UK, France, USA, and Japan, with 120 companies and over 1130 exhibited art works.
The Main Exhibition suggests solutions and foundations of essential problems in social standing from an innovative design perspective through six exhibitions in five halls: ▲symbolism of ‘Difference and Symbiosis’ (Community Garden), ▲‘Singing of People’ (Humanity and Design/Gallery 1 Theme Exhibition), ▲‘Humanity for Next Generation’ (Gallery 2 International Exhibition), ▲‘Humanity by New Technology’ (Gallery 3 Corporate Exhibition), ▲‘Humanity’ (Gallery 4 Experience Exhibition), and ▲‘Humanity of Local Innovation’ (Gallery 5 Business Lounge).
The Gwangju Design Biennale has gone beyond the limits of a simple design festival, and developed into a ‘business event’ to advance the regional economy and industry, presenting the ‘regional industry exhibition’ and ‘Export Consultation for invited international buyers’ that link businesses and focus on creating opportunities to enter global markets by introducing excellent products and exhibitions. Additionally, it is now providing opportunities to exhibit and sell products in the beauty industry to suggest other directions to foster new industries.
Mayor Lee said: “To raise the competitiveness of key regional industries, the design results of Gwangju’s representative industries will be exhibited through the ‘business lounge advancement’, to showcase the excellence of its products and enable sales, which can vitalize the regional economy and create jobs. Furthermore, I wish for Gwangju, the city of culture, to improve its standing through this event.”