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|Country and Region||Japan — Tokyo|
|Type of Festival||Dance, Drama|
|Location of Festival||Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan|
|Festival Contact Information|
Festival/Tokyo’s mission is to create and deliver new Tokyo values, to be a site for encounters and dialogue with a variety of people, and to be a platform for Asia. It produces and presents Japanese and overseas contemporary performing arts as well as visiting productions from major overseas artists.
Launched in February 2009, F/T is based mainly in the area of Ikebukuro in northwest Tokyo. Over its previous five festivals it has staged 104 productions and 780 performances, achieving audiences of over 260,000 people. It is held annually as an international arts festival representing not only Tokyo and Japan but also the whole of Asia, renowned for its cutting-edge line-up of domestic and overseas artists, and its program of interactive and participatory events.
Many of F/T’s performances are documentary theatre, site-specific, multi-media, and installations, as well as interactive projects that involve the audience in the creative process.
Based in the Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory, a former high school now serving as a theatre and centre for the performing arts, Festival/Tokyo happens in a range of venues in Toshima Ward, north Tokyo. These include the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, the Owlspot Theater, Theater Green and more.
The upcoming 2013 festival is themed around “travels in narratives,” exploring the both classical and contemporary stories, and the narratives that are needed for post-Fukushima Japan.
|Festival Dates||November 9 - December 8, 2013|
In the spring of 2008 Festival/Tokyo re-launched under its new name due to a change in the administration under Arts Network Japan — when it was known as the Tokyo International Arts Festival. Part of the Tokyo Culture Creation Project, the Festival has been reborn under the new co-organization of Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Toshima Ward and the Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation.
- Festival Tokyo 2013 Announces Full Lineup, by Darryl Jingwen Wee (Blouin ArtInfo, August 30, 2013)
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- The festival will take place at 8 locations in the Ikebukuro district, Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory, and Asahi Art Square.
Photo slideshow credits:
- In order of appearance
- Photo © Sandra Then
- Photo © Tsukasa Aoki
- Festival/Tokyo 2013 Poster
- Photo © Ryosuke Kikuchi
- Photo © Masahiro Hasunuma