Japan's leading performing arts festival Festival/Tokyo 2018 This autumn! October 13th - November 18th, 2018 (TBC) Venues: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Minami Ikebukuro Park Minami Ikebukuro Park, and more
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Directors’ Messages
Sachio Ichimura
Executive Director, Festival/Tokyo 18
Sachio Ichimura
Festival/Tokyo has continued to presented programs that offer premonitions of the “newcomers” who will appear en masse throughout the globe, casting off and transcending this society, so to speak, where an insidious world that is neither at war nor at peace has been fragmented. This year is no different. We are starting to see, little by little, just a few glimpses of the kind of world and art these newcomers will create. All I can do is merely manifest this as a festival program, but now the time has come to hand over the reigns.
Kaku Nagashima
Director, Festival/Tokyo
Kaku Nagashima

Festival/Tokyo will shift to a new administration.

While we come to realize that the various values we had taken as given without doubting them are actually no longer valid, the next horizon is still not clearly visible. I understand this as the present state of the world. Faced with this present state, what we can believe in for now is not momentary change on the surface but rather an honest, sincere re-inquiring and re-forging of the framework of ideas and actions that proceeds slowly at a more fundamental level. And I know that this is already starting in many places.

Inheriting what Festival/Tokyo has accumulated until now, we will now spend a few years searching for new forms. The new system of running the festival jointly through two directors with differing expertise is also an endeavor for this purpose. Given that each festival’s preparation normally stretches out over several years, the previous director will remain for the 2018 festival in an executive capacity in order to ensure a gradual and sound transition. Each and every program is both a question and a response. Please look forward to them.
Chika Kawai
Co-Director, Festival/Tokyo
Chika Kawai
These last few years I have felt that bringing together people limited to those who already share the same values and creating something through a top-down structure based on individual ability is no longer a valid approach for producing a performing arts work. At the least, I sense potential in creating a special time while engaging in dialogue deliberately with people whose thinking and expertise differ or those who are shouldering different situations, rather than matching to someone else’s orthodoxy. In my experience until now, I have grasped that people who feel the same as me in this exist regardless of location in Japan or overseas. Though far from a simple matter, I hope first to form partnerships with these people and build up our future festival.
Sachio Ichimura
Executive Director, Festival/Tokyo 18
Sachio Ichimura
Festival/Tokyo has continued to presented programs that offer premonitions of the “newcomers” who will appear en masse throughout the globe, casting off and transcending this society, so to speak, where an insidious world that is neither at war nor at peace has been fragmented. This year is no different. We are starting to see, little by little, just a few glimpses of the kind of world and art these newcomers will create. All I can do is merely manifest this as a festival program, but now the time has come to hand over the reigns.
Kaku Nagashima
Director, Festival/Tokyo
Kaku Nagashima

Festival/Tokyo will shift to a new administration.

While we come to realize that the various values we had taken as given without doubting them are actually no longer valid, the next horizon is still not clearly visible. I understand this as the present state of the world. Faced with this present state, what we can believe in for now is not momentary change on the surface but rather an honest, sincere re-inquiring and re-forging of the framework of ideas and actions that proceeds slowly at a more fundamental level. And I know that this is already starting in many places.

Inheriting what Festival/Tokyo has accumulated until now, we will now spend a few years searching for new forms. The new system of running the festival jointly through two directors with differing expertise is also an endeavor for this purpose. Given that each festival’s preparation normally stretches out over several years, the previous director will remain for the 2018 festival in an executive capacity in order to ensure a gradual and sound transition. Each and every program is both a question and a response. Please look forward to them.
Chika Kawai
Co-Director, Festival/Tokyo
Chika Kawai
These last few years I have felt that bringing together people limited to those who already share the same values and creating something through a top-down structure based on individual ability is no longer a valid approach for producing a performing arts work. At the least, I sense potential in creating a special time while engaging in dialogue deliberately with people whose thinking and expertise differ or those who are shouldering different situations, rather than matching to someone else’s orthodoxy. In my experience until now, I have grasped that people who feel the same as me in this exist regardless of location in Japan or overseas. Though far from a simple matter, I hope first to form partnerships with these people and build up our future festival.
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About

Festival/Tokyo 2018 (F/T18)

[ Dates ]

October 13th - November 18th, 2018 (TBC)

[ Venues ]

Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Owlspot Theater, Minami Ikebukuro Park, and more

[ Organizers ]

Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee,
Toshima City, Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, NPO Arts Network Japan (NPO-ANJ),
Arts Council Tokyo & Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
  • Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018
  • Cultural Affairs
  • Festival/Tokyo 2018 is organized as part of Tokyo Festival 2018.
  • Tokyo Festival 2018

Tickets on sale early September

Artist and event lineup will be announced on the festival website and through the official newsletter.

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Telephone:+81-(0)3-5961-5202
Fax:+81-(0)3-5961-5207
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Telephone:+81-(0)3-5961-5202
Fax:+81-(0)3-5961-5207
Email contact@festival-tokyo.jp (General inquiries)
foreignpress@festival-tokyo.jp (Overseas press and media inquiries)
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