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Tokyo Bunka Kaikan 60th Anniversary Forum
"Towards more accessible cultural institutions—community, diversity, and COVID"

Workshop Workshop! Convivial Project

  • Music ,
  • Lecture / Symposium

The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which began in February 2020, has affected our way of lifestyles and our values in many ways. It has forced many venues and arts organisations to suspend their activities, and it has also forced us to change our way of creating and experiencing the arts.
What have we, as cultural institutions and arts organisations, learned and gained in a time of COVID?
In this virtual forum, we will take a look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cultural institutions and arts organisations, focusing on examples from Europe, and consider the social mission of arts and culture that emerged during the pandemic.


In 2021, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan commemorated its 60th anniversary.
Over the past seven years, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan has actively collaborated with cultural institutions and arts organisations in Japan and abroad to develop and implement a wide range of education and outreach programmes, such as the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Music Workshop.
Drawing on our experience and network, we have launched this virtual forum to discuss the role and diversity of cultural institutions in the age of the 100-year life. Joined by arts organisations from around the world, we will reflect on the experiences of the coronavirus pandemic and ask why culture and the arts should be accessible to all, and why cultural institutions and arts organisations should remain more inclusive and open.

  1. Opening
  2. Keynote Speech
    “Trends and future of the European cultural sector in a time of COVID”
    Barbara GESSLER (Head of unit at Creative Europe, European Commission, European Union)
  3. Case Study
    “Connecting to the Arts in a Time of COVID”
    Jillian BARKER (Director of Learning and Participation, the Royal Opera House)
  4. Open Discussion
    “What we lost and gained over the COVID-19 pandemic—Future visions of arts institutions”
    Panelists: European and Japanese cultural officers (TBC)
    Moderator: YUASA Manami (Regional Arts Director, East Asia, British Council)
  5. Closing

Maximum number of participants

approx. 500 (Advance application required on a first-come, first-served basis)


Free Participation (The forum is conducted in English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretations in both languages.)


Application Form

Application Period
Tuesday, December 14 2021 – Tuesday, January 25 2022
* First-come, first-served basis. The application will be closed once the application number reaches the limit.

Please note

– 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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* 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 Webinar)


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Arts Council Tokyo
British Council/RESEO European Network for Opera, Music and Dance Education
Supported by
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan