Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13 Restarting from Spring 2021!

Announcing new dates for the 12 projects which have been postponed

Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), organizers of the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13, are pleased to announce that a new schedule for the 12 proposed projects has been decided. The implementation of these projects had been delayed due to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games postponement and the COVID-19 outbreak.

Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL

The Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13, consisting of thirteen projects selected from 2,436 proposals submitted by applicants from Japan and abroad, kicked off in September 2019. However, most projects slated for the period between April and September 2020 had to be postponed.

Fortunately, this initiative, which aims to promote Tokyo as a city of arts and culture during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will undergo a fresh start from spring onwards in 2021. Due to the postponement, there will be some changes to the program. The relaunch of the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13 will take place at various venues in Tokyo. The projects are rich in creativity and cover diverse genres, overflowing with an attitude of taking on challenges to open up possibilities for the future. Come and feel Tokyo’s distinctive allure as a city of arts and culture.

Tokyo Tokyo Festival 2021
Tokyo Tokyo Festival 2021

Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13

The new schedule for the postponed projects (listed in Japanese alphabetical order) *tentative:

The Constant Gardeners
Planned by: Jason Bruges Studio (UK)
Scheduled for: Summer 2021

SUMIDA RIVER | Storm and Urge
Scheduled for: Spring, Summer 2021

World Performing Arts Festival 2020 [New project title TBA]
Planned by: Japan Folk Performing Arts Association
Scheduled for: Summer 2021

Scheduled for: March – August 2021
(Conducted at five venues in 2019. Performance without spectators, recorded in September 2020)

TOKYO SENTO Festival 2020
Planned by: TOKYO SENTO Festival 2020 Executive Committee
Scheduled for: (Wed) May 26 – (Sun) September 5, 2021

Planned by: NPO Dance Archive Network
Scheduled for: Spring 2021

Pavilion Tokyo 2020
Planned by: Pavilion Tokyo 2020 Executive Committee
Scheduled for: (Thu) July 1 – (Sun) September 5, 2021

The Speed of Light
Planned by: Marco Canale (Argentina)
Scheduled for: May 2021

After-school Diversity Dance
Planned by: ADD Executive Committee
Scheduled for: January – August 2021
(Workshops held from September 2019, scheduled to restart from January 2021.)

Planned by: [mé]
Scheduled for: Summer 2021

Exhibition of MANGA “What if Tokyo”
Planned by: Exhibition of MANGA “What if Tokyo” Executive Committee
Scheduled for: Summer 2021

Secret project
Planned by: TBA
Scheduled for: TBA

N.B. Light and Sound Installation “Coded Field” planned by Rhizomatiks, was held on (Sat) November 16, 2019.

About Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL

Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL is an initiative that unfolds a variety of cultural programs in the run-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games held in Tokyo, promoting its appeal as a city of arts and culture.
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