9 Oct 7 Dec 2008



Courtrai - Kortrijk (B)

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Following the successful Futurotextiles 06 exhibition in Lille, the old NMBS railway hangar in Kortrijk (Magdalenastraat) is now to be the venue for FUTUROTEXTIEL 08 - organised by Designregio Kortrijk and lille3000, from 9 October through 7 December 2008.

Both national and international visitors will once again be introduced to an updated selection of extreme and innovative solutions in the textile sector, shunning the idea of traditional textile factories in favour of today’s modern enterprises.

Companies from the Kortrijk-Lille region, as well as from all over Europe, will exhibit a wide range of products illustrating the innovative, creative and surprising approach typical of the modern textile industry. FUTUROTEXTIEL 08 not only aims to amaze, it also wants to make visitors aware of the importance of research and development within the textile industry.

To this end, the exhibition is divided into three major sections: an educational section, a section featuring new technology solutions, and a creative section. In addition, a lounge will be set up in the exhibition space. It is to serve as a meeting place for companies and schools, but it will equally be a unique venue for conferences, soirées and parties.

The educational space introduces the public to the basic principles of textile technology. The various primary textile processes are simply and vividly described and demonstrated to the visitors, showing, for instance, how fabrics are made from basalt and beetroot.

The second section of the exhibition focuses on high-tech textile solutions in the building industry, health sector, biotechnology, sports, architecture, design, transportation and even in space travel. Special attention will also be paid to flax.

Textiles and the innovative technological applications thereof are ideal raw materials for artists. This will be the main theme of the third section of Futurotextiel 08.

Moreover, from 2009, a part of this exhibition will embark on a world tour under the auspices of the CulturesFrance network.

Curator: Caroline David
Artistic Coordinator: Isabelle De Jagere
Project Coordinator: Marie De Clerck
Scenography: Studio Arne Quinze