Why hold a performing arts festival “in the city”? (And how to hold it even in a time of pandemic?)
Held each year since 2018, the “Festival Update” symposium series is a forum for exchanging and sharing ideas and perspectives on Tokyo and the future of festivals.
Alongside functioning as a platform for artists to make and present their work, F/T has placed importance on its identity as a festival held not only in theatre venues but “in the city” in a broader sense, and on creating things together with the people there. Around the world, there are many unique festivals aspiring toward that same goal. This symposium invites directors of such festivals to share with F/T’s various local supporters and partners how their events came about and how they are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
Natalie Hennedige (Director Designate, Singapore International Festival of Arts)
Sofiane Ouissi (Artistic Director, Dream City)
Selma Ouissi (Artistic Director, Dream City)
John E. McGrath (Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Manchester International Festival)
Kaku Nagashima (Director, Festival/Tokyo)
Chika Kawai (Co-Director, Festival/Tokyo)
Live stream: 10/21 (Wed) 7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. (TBC)
Streaming 10/22 (Thur) 12:00 p.m.–11/15 (Sun) 11:55 p.m.
Tickets on sale
F/T remote tickets on sale: 12:00 on 10/1 (Thur) (TBC)
Japanese or with consecutive Japanese interpretation
Please note that though some of the symposium guest speakers will speak in English and French, it is not possible for viewers to hear the presentations without the Japanese interpretation audio. Due to system and budgetary restraints, the English and French interpretation provided to the guest speakers is also not available for general viewers.
F/T remote (available online)
Organizer: Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee (Toshima City, Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, NPO Arts Network Japan [NPO-ANJ]),
Tokyo Festival Executive Committee (Toshima City, Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture [Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre & Arts Council Tokyo])
Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee Secretariat