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expire: Naoshima: the creation of a utopia

Open lecture by Mr Soichiro Fukutake, Chairman and Director of Benesse Holdings

A new kind of capitalism, focused on public interests and the creation of an ideal community where all can ‘live well’ and become happier as we grow older, will be the subject of a public lecture hosted by the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Soichiro Fukutake, Chairman and Director of Benesse Holdings, the leading company in the fields of education, language, nursing care and publishing in Japan, and Chairman of the Fukutake Foundation and the Fukutake Education and Culture Foundation, will deliver a public lecture on 1 March.

For 25 years, Fukutake, one of Japan’s most successful businessmen, has worked to revitalize the communities on Naoshima, a small island in the Seto Inland Sea. Naoshima suffered environmental disaster in the 1960s during Japan’s rapid economic growth. Now this model community blends contemporary art and architecture with the region’s spectacular natural heritage and local traditions, and is the centre of the world-renowned Setouchi International Art Festival. This lecture will focus on what Mr Fukutake calls "Public Capitalism"; art and community, art, architecture and well being and the relationship between arts and peace.

Fukutake will talk about his humble start and his motives for creating a utopia on Naoshima using the power of contemporary art, challenging today’s society driven by financial capitalism.

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Date Friday, 1 March 2013
Time 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Audience Public
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Public Lecture
DepartmentNational Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
LocationBurns 2 Lecture Theatre

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