Festival Update


Over the past ten years, various art festivals have appeared all over Japan and the infrastructures for such events have greatly changed. What kind of unique experience can a festival offer in the vast metropolis that is Tokyo? This symposium series examines the future state of festivals. 


Dates 10/16 (Tue) 19:00: What is a Festival Today?
11/18 (Sun) 13:00: Tokyo as Living/Creation Zone
11/18 (Sun) 16:00: Tokyo: Its Current Position
Venues 10/16 (Tue): Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Symphony Space)
11/18 (Sun): Owlspot Theater (Foyer)
Language Japanese
Tickets ¥500 (per session)
Speakers 10/16 (Tue) 19:00: Ren Fukuzumi, Chihiro Minato, Mariko Mori
11/18 (Sun) 13:00: Shinya Satoh, Tomoka Shibasaki, Naoki Honjo
11/18 (Sun) 16:00: Jun Kitazawa, Hideyuki Sadakane, Ken Takiguchi

Moderators: Kaku Nagashima, Chika Kawai


10/16 (Tue) 19:00
What is a Festival Today?

Since ancient times, festivals (matsuri) have been held in Japan as events marking the celebration of New Year, expressing hopes for a good harvest or salvation from disease, or showing gratitude. On the other hand, the period from the 1990s through the 2000s saw the emergence of numerous arts festivals all over the country. Today that sudden burst of energy is now starting to cool down. A festival has a social function, one which changes gradually with the times. The first session of the symposium will exchange various opinions and insightful case studies about art as participants explore the state of the festival today.

11/18 (Sun) 13:00
Tokyo as Living/Creation Zone

Ten years old this year, Festival/Tokyo is (as its name literally implies) a festival that takes place in Tokyo. If we presume a festival to be something that emerges from the everyday as a contrast to that everyday, what is the everyday that now forms Tokyo? For the people who live and create in it, what kind of place is this immense city whose outline remains unclear? This session will examine Tokyo of the present as the soil from which a festival can be cultivated.

11/18 (Sun) 16:00
Tokyo: Its Current Position

While the population of Japan continues to overconcentrate in Tokyo, it is clear that the position of the city is shifting in terms of the rest of Asia or the world. By taking an overview of the current situation for the city in which F/T is based, rather than simply compared it with other cities, this session will reinterpret Tokyo as we look ahead towards updating the festival.


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Owlspot Theater

  • 2F Rise Arena Building 4-5-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
  • Direct connection to the theatre from Exit 6 or 7 of Higashi-Ikebukuro Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line. 10 minutes’ walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro Yon-chome on the Toden Arakawa Line.

Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

  • 1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
  • 2 minutes’ walk from the West Exit of Ikebukuro Station on the JR and other lines. (Direct connection to the theatre from Exit 2b.)

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