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Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Public Call for Project Proposals: Selected Proposals Announced
Arts Council Tokyo
Above: Image for masayume ©目 / [ mé ]
Above: Image for masayume ©目 / [ mé ]
Cultural Program in the Run-up to 2020


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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) are undertaking various cultural programs under the banner of the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL, aiming to foster a sense of excitement in the capital’s cultural sphere as the city prepares to host the Tokyo 2020 Games.

In response to a call for proposals, members of the public submitted a total of 2,436 ideas for projects to form the core of this program. We are now able to announce 12 of the 13 proposals selected for implementation. Dates, venues, and other details of each project will be announced on the official website and in press releases in due course, as they become available. One project remains secret and shall be announced at a later date.

Project outlines (listed in Japanese syllabary order)

“The Constant Gardeners”
Project proposed by Jason Bruges Studio (UK)
A large scale robotic installation showcasing the motion of athletes in a textured Japanese garden.

“SYN LIGHT DANCE IN TOKYO”
Project proposed by Rhizomatiks
An urban public art event showcasing Tokyo’s uniqueness. It will feature live events and new hands-on interactive installations of light and sound.

“The speed of light”
Project proposed by Marco Canale (Argentina)
Tour-type theatrical work, set in Tokyo, standing closely with the memories and dreams of elderly people.

“SUMIDA RIVER | Storm and Urge”  
Project proposed by NPO TOPPING EAST
An interactive music and art festival that uses the Sumida River as a huge stage, bringing together a great maelstrom of people.

“World Folk Culture Festival -MATSURI 2020-”
Project proposed by Japan Folk Performing Arts Association
As well as intangible cultural heritage from Japan, this project will invite practitioners of precious traditional performing arts from all corners of the globe to gather and showcase their arts in Tokyo.

“DANCE TRUCK TOKYO”
Project proposed by JAPAN DANCE TRUCK ASSOCIATION
Dance Trucks—ordinary delivery trucks whose cargo spaces are used as a stage—will offer mobile dance performances as they travel around Tokyo.

“TOKYO SENTO Festival 2020”
Project proposed by TOKYO SENTO Festival 2020 Executive Committee 
A project turning “sento”—Japanese public baths—into a stage for showcasing the Japanese art scene and forging links between people in 2020.

“TOKYO REAL UNDERGROUND”
Project proposed by NPO Dance Archive Network

A Butoh-centered experimental art festival staged in Tokyo’s underground spaces.

“Pavilion Tokyo 2020”
Project proposed by Pavilion Tokyo 2020 Executive Committee (WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art) 

This is a project where some of the world-renowned Japanese architects and artists create pavilions to offer the hottest charm of Tokyo to the world, being a showcase of the cutting-edge Japanese culture.

“After-school Diversity Dance”
Project proposed by ADD Executive Committee

Networking schools, community hubs and other local cultural resources, this project creates a scheme for generating dance in neighborhoods.

“masayume”
Project proposed by [ mé ]

“masayume” will call for applications from across the globe to choose the one person whose face will become a huge image to be hovering over the sky above Tokyo.

“Exhibition of MANGA "What if Tokyo”
Project proposed by Exhibition of MANGA “What if Tokyo” Executive Committee

Exhibition showcasing works by numerous manga artists on the theme of “What if Tokyo.”

*All project names are tentative and subject to change.

About Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL
Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL is an initiative that will see a variety of cultural programs unfold in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, promoting Tokyo’s appeal as a city of arts and culture.

About Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL public call for project proposals
Having sought a wide range of ideas for projects that would become the core of the cultural programs for the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL through a public call, a total of 2,436 project proposals were submitted from within Japan and overseas, of which 13 were selected for implementation. The 13 projects will be hosted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Arts Council Tokyo, with the aim of creating a memorable program that will assist Tokyo in becoming a more creative cultural city in 2020 and beyond.

For inquiries on this project:
Araki or Chiyomura, Public Call for Project Proposals Office for Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL
T +81 (0)3 6256 9921 / [email protected]

For inquiries on this press release:
Maruo or Konno, PR Office for Public Call for Project Proposals for Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL
T +81 (0)80 9500 4782 or +81 (0)70 6478 7121 / [email protected]

April 29, 2019