The city of Kobe has prospered as a key location for the transportation both of land and sea since ancient times owing to its geographical and historical backgrounds. The city also has undergone an influx of various arts and cultures as the frontier of cross cultural communications, and its various and rich cultures have settled, coexisted and developed up to today.
Moreover, the sensation of the arts that healed the wounds left by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake occurring on January 17, 1995 and giving its citizens hope and encouragement for restoration, is what will never be forgotten. The arts of Kobe have played a significant role in helping revitalize the city.
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.