|Venue||Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park|
|Dates||10/31 (Sat) 15:00-20:00
11/1 (Sun) 13:00-18:00
Continues in case of rain. Cancelled in case of storm.
Music and dance weaving new connections from Fukushima
Following its triumph in Tokyo as the opening work of Festival/Tokyo 2014, “Festival Fukushima! @Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park” returns to the city with its unique dose of free folk culture, music, and dance. From the giant and colorful sheet laid out on the ground of the park, made from materials collected all over Japan, to the team of special Bon dancers wearing vibrant costumes and a Bon dance song created out of Ikebukuro-inspired lyrics, this is an energetic celebration of local culture and accessibility through music and dance. PROJECT FUKUSHIMA! started in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami with the aim of bringing a more positive image to Fukushima again. Its festival events have since spread throughout Japan, creating new connections, encounters, and possibilities everywhere they appear.
Founded by musicians Michiro Endo and Otomo Yoshihide, and poet Ryoichi Wago after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 to tell the world about Fukushima’s present and future in a positive way. Every August it organizes “Festival Fukushima!” in the prefecture and the event has also been held in other areas around Japan. As it enters its fifth year, the group continues to expand its membership and has led to independent activities in other regions. Seinoshin Yamagishi became the new director in 2015.
PROJECT FUKUSHIMA! website
Representative & Director of PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!
Born in 1974 in Fukushima City. He studied media art at university and has exhibited art both in Japan and internationally. He also works as a TV producer. He has been participating in PROJECT FUKUSHIMA! ever since it was founded in 2011 and became the sole representative in 2015. In 2011, he filmed a documentary for NHK about the process of making the original “Festival Fukushima!” event. Based in Kamakura since 2006, he established the creative team ROOT CULTURE with local friends, working to promote regional resources and culture.
Cast & Creative Team
|Direction:||PROJECT FUKUSHIMA! + Seinoshin Yamagishi|
|PROJECT FUKUSHIMA! Design Department:||Tohru Nakazaki, Cohta Asano, Chiaki Sakaguchi, Akiko Koike|
|PROJECT FUKUSHIMA! Office:||Akiko Tomiyama, Shoichiro Mori, Yuki Numata|
|Participating Artists:||Otomo Yoshihide, Michiro Endo, Jun Nagami, Akihiro Okachi, Strange Kinoko Dance Company, others|
|Sound:||Yoshiaki Kondoh (GOK Sound)|
|Lighting:||LEVEL☆G CO., Ltd|
|Electrical Power:||R. Biru Maintenance|
|Stall Co-ordination:||Office Tanaka|
|Construction:||Duskin Rent-All Shinjukutoshin Event Center|
|Operation, Production (Stage):||infusiondesign|
|Stage Manager:||Yo Takano|
|Video Documentation:||Daisuke Yamashiro|
|Production Support:||Keizo Maeda|
|Bon Dance Team Support:||Owlspot (Toshima Future Culture Foundation), Sumida River Art Project Executive Committee, Sugamojizou-dori Shopping Center Promotion Association, Ohtsuka Awa Odori Executive Committee|
|Production Co-ordination:||Mayuko Arakawa, Yumiko Okazaki, Takako Yokoi, Orie Kiyuna|