Cultural Program in the Run-up to 2020

In the run-up to 2020, we will undertake the Tokyo Cultural Program, creating opportunities for as many of the capital’s citizens as possible to participate in the Cultural Program. To this end, we will enhance our grant programs and issue a call for submissions of plans for the Cultural Program, as well as implementing the Tokyo Caravan and TURN projects, which will serve as the driving force behind the elements of the Cultural Program.

Cultural Program Grant Programs

In accordance with the spirit of the Cultural Program led by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, we will implement grant programs aimed at ensuring that as many people as possible participate in the Cultural Program in the run-up to 2020, as well as seeking to improve Tokyo’s artistic and creative environment beyond 2020.
Tokyo Cultural Program Grant

Support for Projects to Foster Momentum

We will support topical, festive art and culture projects undertaken by private sector companies and a diverse array of other sectors, in order to raise awareness of the Cultural Program and foster momentum in the lead-up to 2020.

Support for Citizen-led Cultural Activities (two-term system)

We will support grassroots art and culture activities led by Tokyo citizens and amateurs.

Support for Projects Offering Visions for the Future

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

Support for Overseas Artistic Creation in Tokyo

We will support presentations of new works in Tokyo by artists from other countries, providing people with opportunities to encounter new forms of expression, while seeking to ensure that Tokyo becomes an attractive hub for international creative activities.

Call for Submissions for the Cultural Program

We will issue a call for the submission of ideas for innovative and creative projects to be implemented between autumn 2019 and September 2020 (closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games), especially around the period of the “Tokyo 2020 Festival (provisional title)”.

Tokyo Caravan

Conceived by playwright, director, and actor Hideki Noda, this is a new 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. Following on from its visit to Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 2016, during the Olympic Games, Tokyo Caravan will pop up in a range of locations around Japan, presenting a “Cultural Circus” and offering an ongoing program of exchange that goes beyond regional boundaries.
Tokyo Caravan


TURN is an art project that brings about interaction and a variety of unique individual encounters among people of different backgrounds and customs. With artist Katsuhiko Hibino as supervisor, we aim to create new hands-on cultural experiences that reach each and every unique individual by undertaking the Interactive Program that form the basis of TURN, holding TURN Fes, which brings together the various Interactive Program from each community under one roof, and launch TURN LAND in various locations to serve as a year-round activity hub.