Cultural Program in the Run-up to 2020

In the run-up to 2020, 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 will 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 Grant Program (formerly known as the Tokyo Cultural Program Grant Program)

In accordance with the spirit of the Cultural Program led by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, we will implement grant programs (two-term system) aimed at ensuring that as many people as possible participate in the Cultural Program in the run-up to 2020.
Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Grant Program

Support for Projects to Foster Momentum

We will support topical, festive arts and culture projects undertaken by private sector companies and a diverse array of other sectors, in order to build momentum in the lead-up to 2020.

Support for Citizen-led Cultural Activities

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

Support for Overseas Artistic Creation in Tokyo

We will support production and presentations of new works in Tokyo by artists residing overseas, providing citizens of Tokyo with opportunities to engage with new forms of expression, while seeking to ensure that Tokyo becomes an attractive hub for creation, internationally.

Support for Projects Offering Visions for the Future

We will support projects that shows creative ambition leveraging art and science.

Public Call for Project Proposals for Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL

Under this initiative, which aims to create centerpiece projects of the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL*, we are seeking a wide variety of proposals for innovative, creative projects, as well as programs in which large numbers of people can participate. The selected projects will be implemented as programs organized by Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Arts Council Tokyo, among others. In FY2018, we will select the projects from among approximately 2,400 received applications and start for preparations. The projects selected are due to be implemented between autumn 2019 and September 2020, forming the centerpiece of the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL.

*Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL is an initiative that aims to build momentum and create a sense of excitement throughout Japan in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games by working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders to highlight the appeal of both Tokyo’s culture and Japanese culture as a whole to audiences within Japan and overseas alike.
Under the name Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL, the Tokyo Cultural Program will take place over six months or so, including the duration of the Tokyo 2020 Games, when attention on the metropolis from both Japan and the rest of the world will reach fever pitch. We will be undertaking an array of cultural projects to mark its culmination. In the runup to 2020, we will build further momentum through events under the title “Road to Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL.”

Public Call for Project Proposals for Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL

Open Stage Project: TOPACO Tomin Performer’s Corner

This program will see collaborating companies open up space in their office buildings and elsewhere to create opportunities for the people of Tokyo 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 offer the Cultural Program beyond 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.
TOPACO (Tomin Performer’s Corner)

Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Promotional Branding Project

This project is intended to raise awareness of the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL initiatives. We will roll out a variety of PR activities such as promotional events intended to bolster the ability to disseminate festival information to Japanese and overseas audiences.
Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Promotional Branding Project

Tokyo Caravan

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. Starting in the Komazawa district of Tokyo in 2015, it has delivered genre-transcending performances in Rio de Janeiro, the Tohoku region (Sendai and Soma), Roppongi, Kyoto, Hachioji, and Kumamoto. Tokyo Caravan will continue to pop up in a range of locations nationwide, presenting a “Cultural Circus” and offering an ongoing program of exchange that goes beyond national and regional boundaries, thereby laying cultural foundations that will serve as a lasting legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Tokyo Caravan


With the guidance of Supervisor Katsuhiko Hibino, the art project TURN creates encounters between and artistic expression by diverse people, transcending differences in attributes and background, including disability, age, gender, nationality, and living environment. Through programs undertaken in collaboration with organizations in a variety of fields, TURN aims to create a richer society with relationships that respect the diverse individuality of each and every person as they are. In addition, as well as implementing and publicizing efforts to forge a new diversity in Japan both at home and overseas, we will seek to turn TURN’s ideas, structures, and opportunity into a legacy to pass on to future generations.