With the eyes of the world set to be on Tokyo in 2020, Arts Council Tokyo—part of Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture—plans to take advantage of this superb opportunity to spread the word far and wide about Tokyo’s appeal as a city of arts and culture through innovative creative programs.
■ 2020 Cultural Program
Under the banner of the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL, we are undertaking a number of projects as part of the Cultural Program for 2020, when the Olympic and Paralympic Games are set to take place. In this Olympic year, the projects driving the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL—the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13, Tokyo Caravan, TURN, TOPACO, and the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Grant Program—will become even larger and more multifaceted. As well as creating opportunities for even more citizens of the metropolis to participate in the Cultural Program, we will devote even greater efforts to spreading the word about Tokyo’s appeal as a city of arts and culture, both within Japan and overseas.
■ Many Projects to Take Place Between April and June
In 2020, the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL is set to reach a magnificent climax in the spring and summer, which is also the peak season for Arts Council Tokyo’s projects. A variety of genres and approaches will be showcased in the Cultural Program throughout Tokyo, with projects including not only the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13, but also Tokyo Caravan, which has facilitated the mingling of cultures via encounters between a diverse array of artists as it has traveled the length and breadth of Japan since 2015, and Roppongi Art Night, a one-night banquet of art that attracts countless visitors every year. Other projects include the Legendary Tamatebako (Treasure Box)-Tama Traditional Culture Festival 2020 and Kagurazaka Street Stage O-edo Tour 2020 (Japanese Traditional Culture Festival), which promote the appeal of traditional culture and performing arts through accessible on-street performances.
Full press release (PDF) is available here.
Arts Council Tokyo FY2020 Program Line-Up Announced
Please see here for the list of our FY2020 programs.