Craft expo set for November
The Taiwan International Cultural and Creative Industry Expo is to start on Nov. 21 in Taipei and will highlight the nation’s craft design, the Ministry of Culture said yesterday. The expo will exhibit furniture, home accessories, domestic utensils, stationery and gifts to illustrate modern ways of living, the ministry said. The fourth annual expo is also to display award-winning Taiwanese cultural and creative products, products from major cultural and creative companies from around the world and items with local features that are jointly made by university innovation incubation centers and micro-enterprises. The expo’s themed pavilion will focus on natural dyes and the revival and development of the dyeing industry in Taiwan, according to the ministry. “We hope to build a comprehensive platform for all industries,” Deputy Minister of Culture George Hsu (許秋煌) said. Deals as a result of the expo have increased from more than NT$100 million (US$3.34 million) in its first year to NT$260 million last year, said Chang Pen-tsao (張平沼), chairman of the General Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of China, which is organizing the expo along with the ministry. Chang said he hopes that the more focused theme of craft design this year will further boost deals. The expo, which serves as a trading and exchange platform for corporate procurement, brand licensing, distributor networking and business matchmaking, will run until Nov. 24 at the Taipei World Trade Center’s Nangang Exhibition Hall.