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Open Lectures & Discussions Vol.1 "Sound Spaces that we design with deaf and hard-of-hearing people—The Accessibility to Musical Experiences"

  • Music ,
  • Lecture / Symposium

Workshop Workshop! Convivial Project
Lectures and Training for the Art Activities leading to Social Inclusion

There are a growing need and increasing attention for activities which spotlight the diversity in the arts in recent years.
Such movement introduced legislation for promoting art activities for people with disabilities.
At the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, our goal is set to realize a society with diversity and conviviality, which requires a higher quality of art activities. And those art activities need the right moment to be developed by raising and looking into the issues.
Taking these perspectives into account, we have set up lectures and discussions open to the public with experts of each theme and deaf and hard-of-hearing persons as panelists and lecturers. Understanding and organizing the current situation and the issues of this field will lead us to seek how cultural administrators should confront the situation and issues and how we can deliver higher quality of art activities.

*Japanese sign language is provided during the program.


In part 1, we will re-examine the way of perceiving music to a more profound extent under the theme of “The Accessibility to Musical Experiences.”
“Music=Listen” is a usual understanding for hearing persons. If we want to enjoy music without auditory perception, what kind of approaches can we make? Having deaf and hard-of-hearing artists with us, we will try to understand what music perception originally is as physical activity and how physical senses react to it. This process will give us an insight into the accessibility to the musical experience.

Part 1: Mini-lecture about hearing and deafness/hard of hearing (20 minutes)
We will deepen the understanding of deafness and hard of hearing to be aware that there are diverse spaces and worlds of sounds.

Part 2: Music experienced by deaf and hard-of-hearing panelists (40 minutes)
We will have panelists who are deaf and hard of hearing artists, and they will tell us what music is like for the deaf or people who have some level of hearing problems. The topic will include how they grasp music as physical activity or senses. Through this part, let’s re-imagine how the musical experience should be and its worldview to find the ideal approaches for enjoying music together regardless of hearing.

Part 3: Open Discussion (50 minutes)
We will discuss with all panelists and Zoom participants how possible for music to become an experience open to all kinds of people.



Sasa/Marie, Mary Kawai
Takuma Kakitsuka (Manager of Kobe City Chamber Orchestra/Kobe City Philharmonic Chorus Kobe Cultural Foundation)
Japanese sign language interpreters
Taeko Itoh, Yuko Kato, Yuko Setoguchi, Aki Yoshida


⁃ People in the field of music/education/social well-being
⁃ Artists
⁃ Municipalities/cultural administration personnel
⁃ Students
⁃ Researchers
and more from such fields


approx. 70 (application required, first-come-first-served basis)



How to reserve

Application Form
*The form is only in Japanese.

Application Period
Monday, April 19 – Thursday, May 27, 2021 Saturday, May 29, 2021 *The application period has been extended.

The number of participants for the Zoom Meeting has reached the limit. Therefore, we have decided to provide YouTube live streaming for more participants to view the forum.


  • The applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis and will be closed when the application number reaches the limit. The seats, however, will again become available in case of cancellations or other reasons. Please note that we do not offer wait list for the cancellation.
  • If an applicant submits multiple times, only the first application will be valid.
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  • The applications are accepted only for the participation of applicants themselves.

*The lectures and discussion are conducted only in Japanese.
*Photography and video recording will occur during the session for our reports, publicity materials, and other communication tools including SNS.
*The program is subject to change under certain circumstances.


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Production Section
Tel: 03-3828-2111


Online (Zoom Meeting)



Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan/Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Supported by
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan