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Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)

Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Public Call for Project Proposals: Second Group of Selected Proposals Announced


Cultural Program in the Run-up to 2020
Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Public Call for Project Proposals: Selected Proposals Announced
Second Group of Projects Features Local and International Proposals in areas of Technology, Theater and Architecture

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 2,436 ideas for projects to form the core of this program. We are now able to announce another seven of the 13 proposals selected for implementation, following the first group of five already announced. One project remains secret and shall be announced at a later date. 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. 

[Project Outlines] (Names 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. 

■ “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.

  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.

■ “Exhibition of MANGA "What if Tokyo"”
     Project proposed by Exhibition of MANGA “What if Tokyo” Committee
     Exhibition showcasing works by numerous manga artists on the theme of  “What if 

[For Reference] Projects already announced (5 projects)
Project names and planners: 
“World Folk Culture Festival -MATSURI 2020-” by Japan Folk Performing Arts Association
“TOKYO SENTO Festival 2020” by TOKYO SENTO Festival 2020 Executive Committee
“masayume” by mé

*All project names are tentative and is 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.
Official Website:


For inquiries on this project:
Araki or Chiyomura, Public Call for Project Proposals Office for Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL
TEL: 03-6256-9921   

For inquiries on this press release:
Maruo or Konno, PR Office for Public Call for Project Proposals for Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL
TEL: 080-9500-4782 or 070-6478-7121 

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