About Tokyo Festival Farm

Tokyo Festival Farm is a framework for education outreach and creative talent development within Tokyo Festival. It was launched in 2021 by combining Asian Performing Arts Farm (APAF), a platform promoting exchange and growth among young artists in Asia, with Festival/Tokyo (F/T)’s Research Program and Education & Outreach Program.
This year, Tokyo Festival Farm will be holding various programs under two categories: “Lab” for supporting the growth of emerging artists through research and development, and “School” for education outreach. "Lab" aims to cultivate young professionals who are able to freely navigate the many increasingly fluid borders of our world. The initiative encourages artists to explore the interdisciplinary and interregional "transfield" through collaboration with others. “School” provides young audiences, mainly university students, with opportunities to explore their thoughts and interact through stage works by attending lectures, participating in talk events, writing reports, and more.

Tokyo Festival Farm Lab Guidelines

To ensure a safe creative space that is non-discriminatory to individuals of all social categories, Tokyo Festival Farm Lab will follow the “Tokyo Festival Farm Lab Guidelines”

Tokyo Festival Farm 2023 Lab: Open Call Programs

Program accepting applications 
※Please be sure to read the application guidelines for further details on eligibility, etc.

Asian Performing Arts Camp

Tokyo Festival Farm Asian Performing Arts Camp is a program for performing arts practitioners working in various parts of Asia. Using their own personal themes and concerns as starting points, the participants conduct research and fieldwork, hold discussions with people from different countries and cultures, and participate in lectures and workshops. Through this process, the Camp aims to help artists cultivate thoughts and ideas together, and to explore future possibilities for their own practices and fields. The 2023 edition of the Camp will adopt a “hybrid” format, combining online activities with a stay in Tokyo lasting around one week. The final day will feature a presentation session that is open to the public, where participants can share what they have gained and exchange thoughts with the audience and guests, thus fostering their own artistic growth. 

Eligibility: Directors, choreographers, playwrights, dramaturgs, producers, or any artists aged 35 or younger based in Asia (Language: English)
Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 20, 16:00 (JST)
Application Guidelines (PDF)  Application Form FAQ for Application (PDF)  

Production Coordinator Assistant

A training program providing stage producers in Japan who want to go on to work in an international setting with experience of international project management. As the production/coordination team for the Tokyo Festival Farm “Asian Performing Arts Camp” program, participants will engage in on-site production assistance, learning the ropes through tasks related to booking and bringing artists from overseas to Japan, and through discussion with creators from a variety of backgrounds.

Eligibility: Those who are aged 18-35 and based in Japan and have experience as production coordinator (Language: Japanese)
Application Deadline: Friday, June 16, 16:00 (JST)
Application Guidelines (in Japanese only)   Application Form FAQ for Application (PDF)  

Art Translator Assistant

A program in which participants gain practical knowhow and support communication on the creative frontlines through English ↔ Japanese interpreting and translation work.
Under the Communication Design Team, participants will work as Art Translator Assistants on the ground for the Tokyo Festival Farm “Asian Performing Arts Camp” program.

Eligibility: Those who are 18 years or older with language skills to interpret between Japanese and English (Languages used: Japanese-English)
Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 20, 16:00 (JST)
Application Guidelines (in Japanese only)   Application Form FAQ for Application (PDF)  

Farm Editorial Office Assistant Writer

A practical program in which participants are involved in the process of creating and delivering performing arts through writing. Participants will be in attendance during “Asian Performing Arts Camp” and write articles as a record of that program.

Eligibility: Those who are aged 18-35 who wish to work as an assistant writer (Language: Japanese)
Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 20, 16:00 (JST)
Application Guidelines (in Japanese only)   Application Form FAQ for Application (PDF)  

About Communication Design

Tokyo Festival Fam is a site of international collaboration that brings together members from different cultures and countries, and the Communication Design Team is involved in program design from an early stage to ensure an environment in which all participants, regardless of their background or social status, can feel at ease in their creative endeavors.

Communication Design Team
Art Translators Collective
Team Lead: TAMURA Kanoko


■ Implementing and maintaining guidelines for Tokyo Festival Farm-Lab

We have created guidelines to prevent discrimination, harassment, and other abuses of human rights, and ask all people involved in Tokyo Festival Farm to comply with them. In addition, the contents of the guidelines are reviewed annually to ensure their continuous improvement.

■ Confirming gender pronouns and respect for gender identity

To prevent misgendering*, since last year’s festival we have created a field in the application form for people to enter the pronouns (or names, etc.) that they would like to use. We will continue to share knowledge and awareness throughout the festival period to ensure that each individual’s pronouns are respected.
*The discriminatory act of addressing a person as something other than their self-identified gender (e.g., using personal pronouns or honorific titles that are based on assumptions of gender based on appearance).

■ Art translations that respect diversity in language and communication

English is the common language for communication within the Tokyo Festival Farm, which attracts participants from many Asian countries. However, the way English is spoken varies greatly between places and cultures. The Communication Design Team respects the forms of English spoken by all, designs an environment in which both fluent and non-fluent English speakers can communicate on an equal footing, and provides interpretation and translation services that go beyond language conversion. There are also differences in communication that arise due to cultural differences and other factors. Rather than forcing people to conform to a single cultural norm (e.g., Japanese manners), the kinds of communication necessary for the occasion will be explored through the individual perspectives that participants bring to the table.

■ Providing learning opportunities

Participants will be provided with guidance, lectures, and workshops in advance of the program to help them understand the above initiatives.

Farm-Lab Office

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Chief Manager: UEMATSU Yuko
Program Coordinators: TERADA Rin, OKAWA Satoshi, SOMEYA Hinako, NAKAHARA Nobutaka
Public Relations: YUKAWA Yuko
Back Office: KAWAMURA Mihoka, SOMEYA Hinako

Communication Design Team
Art Translators Collective
Team Lead: TAMURA Kanoko

Tokyo Festival Executive Committee
Manager (Farm): HAMADA Natsumi, SHIMIZU Sachiyo

Organized by Tokyo Festival Executive Committee [Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre & Arts Council Tokyo), Tokyo Metropolitan Government]
Sponsored by Asahi Group Japan, Ltd.