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Open Forum 2020

Expanding the City Space and Time with Arts and Culture

We are excited to invite experts from the 3 cities which have worked hard to expand their city’s attractiveness through arts and culture. Tokyo which will be presenting a wide array of cultural programs toward the upcoming 2020 Games and the two cities lined up for the next Olympic and Paralympic Games, Paris and Los Angeles. Together we hope to hold multifaceted discussions around the city’s trend on use of modern and creative space/time by artistic/cultural projects, examples of public-private partnership projects and discuss how we can transform art and culture into brand value for the city.

*Simultaneous Japanese-English interpretation provided

About Arts Council Forum
We organize forums aiming to address current and important themes in the field of arts and culture. Through discussion among experts from various fields, we aim to explore artistic and cultural measures which affirms and enhances Tokyo’s presence as an international city.


1st Part: Presentations from each speaker
2nd Part: Discussion
*Please note that program contents may be subject to change


Stéphane Fiévet (Director of Culture, Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games)
He is a theatre actor and stage director who has taken part in over 40 production and also served as the artistic director for various theatre companies and events. In addition to his ongoing artistic career, he has held senior roles for several public institutions, namely president of the Union of Artistic and Cultural Companies (Syndeac), Delegate for theatre, street performing arts and circus for the French Ministry of Culture (2010-2013) and Director of the National Centre for Theatre. Previously, he was also special advisor to Anne Hidalgo, current Mayor of Paris, in charge of special events (2014-2018).

Christopher Hawthorne (Chief Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles)
He is the Chief Design Officer for the city of Los Angeles, a position appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. In this newly created role Hawthorne develops policy related to architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and the future of the public realm across the city. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Hawthorne was architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to early 2018. He is professor of the practice at Occidental College, where since 2015 he has directed the Third Los Angeles Project, a series of public conversations about architecture, urban planning, mobility, and demographic change in Southern California.

Takashi Serizawa (Executive Director, P3 art and environment)
After conducting research in the planning of ecological land use, he founded P3 art and environment in 1989. After using an auditorium in the basement of the Tochoji Temple grounds as his base until ’99, he has since been developing various artistic and environmental projects without a set location. He successively served as general director of the Tokachi International Contemporary Art Exhibition “DEMETER” (2002), curator for Yokohama Triennale 2005, general director of the Beppu Contemporary Art Festival “Mixed Bathing World” (2009, 2012 and 2015), and director of the Saitama Triennale (2016).

Hiroyuki Fushitani (President, ORIGINAL Inc. / Time Out Tokyo Inc.)
Born in Shimane prefecture and a graduate of Kansai Gaidai University, he joined Tower Records, Inc. while still in university, and became the company’s CEO in 2005. That same year he founded Napster Japan, Inc. and held both CEO positions simultaneously. After serving as the chief advisor to Tower Records, he founded ORIGINAL Inc. in 2007 and established Time Out Tokyo in 2009. He has served on several boards and committees, including the Advisory Board of the Japan Tourism Agency, the Council for Revitalizing Resources for Nighttime Tourism, the Committee for Cultural Program of Tokyo 2020 (a subcommittee of the Tokyo Council for the Arts), the Culture City of East Asia 2019 Toshima Executive Committee, the Toshima City After The Theater Roundtable (as Vice Chair), and the Advisory Board for the Liberal Democratic Party’s Time Market Creation Promotion (Nighttime Economy) parliamentary group. He has also held several other specialist roles within the Tourism Agency, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the city of Tokyo.


Free (Advance registration required)


Please register online trough Forum Website.

Registration deadline
Monday, February 3 2020
*Capacity of 130 persons
*A lottery drawing shall be conducted if the registration exceeds the limit.


Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Olympic and Paralympic Cultural Strategy
TEL:03-6256-8433 MAIL:bp-josei@artscouncil-tokyo.jp


THE CORE KITCHEN/SPACE (4-1-1 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)



Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)



  • オープンフォーラム2020:芸術文化が都市の空間と時間を拡張する 第1部 / Open Forum 2020 Part 1

  • オープンフォーラム2020:芸術文化が都市の空間と時間を拡張する 第2部 / Open Forum 2020 Part 2