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Lectures & Discussions Vol.2 "Music and Dementia Care"

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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.

The second session will take up the theme of “Music and Dementia Care.”
Dementia has now become a familiar presence to many of us.
What image do you have of dementia? Life continues even after dementia.
Studies have shown that music may be effective for people with dementia, their families, and their friends as they live as fulfilling a life as possible during the “Long Goodbye,” a prolonged period of dementia care.

In this open lecture and discussion, we will discuss, based on domestic and international cases, what kind of role cultural facilities can play, and examine the effectiveness of music, as well as social participation through music, so that we can live a fulfilling 100-year-long life.


Part 1: Lecture & Case Report (20 minutes)
We will have a music workshop and lecture on dementia care, with a report regarding the situation in the UK, Norway, and Australia.

Part 2: Open Discussion (60 minutes)
We will invite a person in charge of an elderly facility where the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Music Workshop programs have been taking place. The person will provide an overview of the life at the facility and its general activities.
Subsequently, we will interview the person with respect to the experience of holding music workshops and have open discussions on the potential of music activities.



Mariko Hara, Ph.D. (Researcher, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences)
Kenjiro Nozaki (Manager of Adachi Area, Social welfare corporation Adachi Hoei-kai)
Mia Nakamura, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Sociology of Music and Arts at Kyushu University)


⁃ 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, May 10 – Friday, June 11, 2021


  • 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