What we do

Programs symbolizing Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL

To deliver cultural inspiration of Tokyo, the host city for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we will select projects to receive grant funding and promote the Public Call for Project Proposal initiative, as well as implementing the Tokyo Caravan and TURN projects which serve as the driving force behind the Cultural Program. Through these initiatives, we will create opportunities for as many of the capital’s citizens as possible to participate in the Cultural Program, as well as raising its profile.

Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13

Photo by amino studio

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Arts Council Tokyo sought a wide range of creative and innovative ideas from the public for projects that would become the core of the cultural programs for the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL.


Tokyo Caravan

東京キャラバン~プロローグ~(2015年) 撮影:井上嘉和

Conceived by playwright, director, and actor Hideki Noda, this is a cultural movement based on the concept of engendering new forms of expression through the mingling of cultures brought about by encounters between a diverse array of artists.





With the guidance of General Supervisor Katsuhiko Hibino, the art project TURN creates artistic expression in the form of interaction through encounters between diverse people, transcending differences in background and customs, including disability, age, gender, nationality, and living environment.


TOPACO (Tomin Performer's Corner)

This program will see companies open up space in their buildings and elsewhere to create opportunities for the people of Tokyo (Tomin) to present their artistic and cultural activities to a wider audience. The objective is to enable a variety of people to participate in the Cultural Program and to allow the Cultural Program to transcend the constraints of conventional frameworks and venues. We also aim to evoke an interest in the Cultural Program among a wider range of people, including those at the companies providing a venue.
* This program has finished in FY2020.


Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Grant Program

平成29年度採択事業(海外発文化プロジェクト支援)「東京の音」Photo: Takashi Nagasawa

In accordance with the spirit of the Cultural Program led by Tokyo Metropolitan Government, we will offer grant programs aimed at ensuring the participation in the Cultural Program to many people as possible.
* As the project have already been selected, we are no longer seeking applications for grants.


Symbolic Projects Setting the Flag of Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL (Former Projects to Foster Momentum)

We will support topical, festive arts and culture projects of a certain scale undertaken by private sector companies, arts groups, and a diverse array of other sectors, along with projects that will create a legacy beyond 2020.

Citizen-Led Cultural Activities

We will support grass-root, independent artistic and cultural activities by citizens of the metropolis.

Overseas Artistic Creation in Tokyo

We will support activities that lead to the creation of new art by artists and others from different countries, providing citizens of the metropolis with opportunities to encounter diverse forms of artistic expression, while seeking to ensure that Tokyo becomes an attractive hub for international creative activities.

Projects Offering Vision for the Future

We will support projects that take on the challenge of creating new forms of expression by blending art with science.

Regional Cultural Activities

We will support activities which local cultural organizations participate that are undertaken by local government or their extra-departmental organization in Tokyo.

Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Promotional Branding Project

Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL is an initiative designed to create a sense of excitement from a cultural perspective in the Olympic and Paralympic host city Tokyo, through a variety of cultural programs that promote Tokyo's appeal as a city of artistic and cultural attractions. We will conduct effective promotion and branding of this Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL.