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Arts and Culture festivals sent out to the world by disabled people
TOKYO 2020 & Japan Cultural Expo–Disabled People's Arts and Culture Festival

東京2020大会・日本博を契機とした 障害者の文化芸術フェスティバル

TOKYO 2020 & Japan Cultural Expo Disabled People’s Arts and Culture Festival


Grand Opening February7(Fri)–9(Sun), 2020 Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel

*Please check each project for event hours

3-day passport 2,000yen, single ticket 500 yen (single program only, such as the exhibition or forum, or one movie – only valid for the day)

Separate booking required for the 24th Amenity Forum which will take place simultaneously. Amenity Forum participants can enter all programs for free by showing name tag.

We are working on barrier-free. For more information, see "To ensure everyone can participate" at the end of the site.

International Exchange Program Executive Committee for Disabled People’s Culture and Arts Executive Office (Social Welfare Organization Glow)
4837-2, Azuchichoshimotoira, Omihachiman, Shiga (521-1311)
Tel) 0748-46-8100 FAX) 0748-46-8228 Email) kikaku@glow.or.jp
木村 茜「お線香花火」
/ Akane Kimura "Senko Hanabi (Sparkler)"


The Grand Opening of the Arts and Culture Festival will be held to spread the idea of “Humanity and Nature in Japan” both within the country and overseas from the perspectives of people with disabilities. The art expressions of disabled people as well as their attitude to life living with disabilities show a strong sense of love and appreciation that the Japanese have had for natural colors and sounds of the changing seasons ever since the Jomon period. With the Grand Opening, this festival will be held in 7 different locations in Japan from 2020 in collaboration with 500,000 people nationwide and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

There will be a free shuttle bus service running between JR Otsu Station and Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel. (Approx. 10 minutes each way). Directions to the free shuttle stop are as follows. At Otsu Station, take the north exit. Cross diagonally to the left at the crossing in front of the station, and you will find the Nippon Life Insurance Building. Walk approx. 50 meters towards Lake Biwa (north), and there will be a blue sign that says “Free Shuttle Stop”.

Venue :
Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel
Date :
February 7 (Fri)–9 (Sun), 2020 
*Please check each project for event hours
Access :
4-7-7 Nionohama, Otsu City, Shiga
[By train]
about 10 minutes via the free shuttle bus or taxi from JR Otsu Station.
*You can check the video on Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel’s website for directions from the central gate of the shinkansen line at Kyoto Station to the hotel.
[By car]
3.7km from the Meishin Expressway Otsu IC (about 10 minutes) or 6.9km from Keihan Bypass Ishiyama IC via 422 (about 15 minutes)
Admission :
2,000 yen for a 3-day passport, 500 yen for a single ticket (single program only, such as the exhibition or forum, or one movie – only valid for the day)

Separate booking required for the 24th Amenity Forum which will take place simultaneously.
Amenity Forum participants can enter all programs for free by showing name tag.

Project 1

/ Art Brut : “Humanity and Nature in Japan” Exhibition

February 7 (Fri)–9(Sun), 2020, 9:00-19:00 (until 14:00 on the last day) Venue : Convention Hall Omi 8, 9

/ Audio guide system available

/ Akane Kimura "Senko Hanabi (Sparkler)"
/ Yusuke Kimura "Statue of Buddha"

Following the theme of “Humanity and Nature in Japan”, an exhibition will be held with works by artists from all across the country.

/ List of exhibiting artists

will be updated

Project 2

/ Disabled People’s Performing Arts Fair: “Why Do We Sing and Dance”?

February 8 (Sat), 2020, 11:00–19:30 February 9 (Sun), 2020, 13:30–15:45 Venue : Prince Hall

/ Audio guide system and options for wheelchair accessible seats available

/ Iwami Welfare Association Entertainment Club(Shimane)
/ Konan Dance Company (Shiga)
/ Zuiho Taiko (Nagasaki)

Artists with disabilities from all over the country will perform based on the theme "Why do we sing and dance?"

/ Timetable

/ Saturday, February 8
/ Zuiho Taiko
/ Ikiwara Ichiza
/ Ryohei Kondo and Handles
/ Salsa Gum Tape
/ Whistling by Isao Shirai
/ “Expression – Fading Words, Voice Reborn”
  • By Hitoshi Komuro (vocals/guitar), Akira Sakata (saxophone), Kensaku Tanikawa (piano), Ryuichi Yoshida (saxophone), Kumiko Takara (percussion), Yumiko Takeda (keyboard), Yui Komuro (vocals, ukulele), and Lee Jeongmi (vocals)
    Guests: Satoshi Fukushima (Lecturer at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology of the University of Tokyo), Konan Dance Company and others. Musician Hitoshi Komuro welcomes guests of all backgrounds, regardless of abilities or disabilities, to join in unleashing the possibilities of human expression. A new song, written and composed by deaf-blind artist Satoshi Fukushima in collaboration with Hitoshi Komuro, will also be introduced.
/ Sunday, February 9
/ Iwami Kagura Iwami Welfare Association Entertainment Club
/ Konan Dance Company

/ Appearance group

Project 3

/ Art Brut World Forum

Date : February 7 (Fri), 2020, 13:00–18:10 February 8 (Sat), 2020, 9:15–18:45 Venue: Convention Hall Omi 10

/ Sign language interpretation, summary notes and simultaneous interpretation available

/ Art Brut International Forum 2017

Practitioners and experts from around the world engaged in the promotion of cultural arts such as Art Brut will discuss each of the themes.

/ Timetable

/ February 7 (Fri)
/ Opening
  • / Taizo Mikazuki (Governor of Shiga Prefecture) scheduled
/ Session (1) “Public Policy and the Arts”
  • Session overview :
    Public policy in relation to the arts plays a major role in the arts and cultural activities of disabled people. Different projects taking place in each of the countries will be introduced followed by a discussion from multiple perspectives on topics such as decentralization and participation in the arts and culture.
    Presentation :
    Martine Lusardy (Director of Halle Saint Pierre Museum),
    Jade French (Visiting Research Fellow, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds)
    Yoshiyuki Oshita (Researcher of Cultural Policy, Director of Independent Administrative Institution National Museum of Art)
    Panel discussion
    Panelists :
    Martine Lusardy, Jade French, Yoshiyuki Oshita
    Commentator :
    Jean-Marc Ayrault(Former Prime Minister of France, Honorary Mayor of Nantes)
    Moderator :
    Kenji Nishikawa(Social Welfare Organization Glow)
/ “Report on Disabled People’s Arts and Culture: Nationwide Activities”
  • / The Fukushima Minyu Shimbun: Art Brut Exhibition in Fukushima 2020
/ Session (2) “What is Art Brut?”
  • Session overview :
    Is there an answer to the question, “What is Art Brut?” Through exploring the definitions of Art Brut as well as its historical, social and cultural meanings, the identity of Art Brut situated somewhere between legacy and change will be unpicked.
    Keynote Speech :
    Colin Rhodes (Honorary Professor of Art History & Theory at the University of Sydney)
    Presentation :
    Suebsang Sangwachirapiban (Head of Exhibition Department, Bangkok Art and Culture Center)
    Thomas Röske (Director of the Prinzhorn Collection Museum)
    Panel discussion
    Panelists :
    Colin Rhodes,Suebsang Sangwachirapiban,Thomas Röske
    Moderator :
    Patrick Gyger (Director of Le Lieu Unique, Center for Contemporary Culture)
/ February 8 (Sat)
/ " Agriculture, Welfare and Food " Japanese Style “Food×Disability×Culture”: Exploring Ways to Reach the World
  • Session overview :
    In approaching 2020, how can we convey the appeal of Japanese “food” to the many people visiting Japan from abroad? We would like to unravel the practice of collaboration in agriculture and welfare that produces regional “food” all over Japan.
    Panelists :
    Osamu Shinmen (Facility Director, Sansan Yamashiro, Yamashiro Employment Support Facility)
    Ryuta Isobe (Secretary General, Social Welfare Organization Mumon Welfare)
    Orie Ogawa (Chief Manager, NPO Enkatsu Omoya)
    Aya Sakamoto (Founder of Aya Social Work Office)
    Moderator :
    Toshiyuki Suganuma (Social Welfare Organization Glow)
/ Session (3) “Special Dialogue: All we need is the dancer”
  • Session overview :
    Kitamura asserts, “All we need on stage is the dancer. We don’t need a helper (carer).” Gyger first encountered Konan Dance Workshop 10 years ago, and he led their performance to success in Nantes, France in 2017. Based on the activities of Konan Dance Workshop, the speakers will share their thoughts on the performing arts, art and disability.
    Patrick Gyger
    Shigemi Kitamura (Dancer and Choreographer)
/ Session (4)“Art Brut, Contemporary Art and the City”
  • Session overview :
    In recent years, art has become something which exists in the city beyond the walls of the art museum. The relationship between the arts and the city will be explored through various cultural activities seen in each city, including art festivals and art fairs as well as in medical and social welfare facilities.
    presentation :
    Yu Yokoi (Chief Curator, Borderless Art Museum NO-MA), Emerson Kun-sheng Wang (Artistic Director, Presense International Inc.), Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul) (Founder of Ketemu Project)
    Panel discussion
    Panelists :
    Yu Yokoi, Emerson Kun-sheng Wang, Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul)
    Masanori Aoyagi (Former Commissioner for Cultural Affairs, Director of Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art)
    Moderator :
    Patrick Gyger
/ “Measures by the Government of Japan regarding Disabled People’s Culture and Arts, and on Japan Cultural Expo”
  • Session overview :
    Discussions will be held on the future prospects of cultural and artistic measures for persons with disabilities based on the “Basic Plan for Promotion of Cultural Arts Activities by Persons with Disabilities” formulated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and on conveying Japan Cultural Expo domestically and overseas.
    Hisahiro Sugiura (Director-General, Agency for Cultural Affairs)
    Satoshi Nomura (Director, Policy Planning Division, Department of Health and Welfare for Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
    Moderator :
    Kenji Nishikawa(Social Welfare Organization Glow)
/ Session (6) “Evaluating the Uncredentialed”
  • Session overview :
    Based on questions of art history and current art museum practice, Cooke will explain how she has conducted research on, evaluated, and systematized uncredentialed creators who eventually were introduced in the form of an exhibition.
    Lynne Cooke (Senior Curator, Special Projects in Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington)
    Listener :
    Kenjiro Hosaka (Chief Researcher, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

/ Speakers

Project 4

/ Barrier Free Film Festival 2020

February 7 (Fri)–9 (Sun), 2020, Main building 2/Floor Hiei

/ Options for wheelchair accessible seats and sign language interpretation (for Director’s Talk) available

映画「しがらきから吹いてくる風」より / Film “Wind from Shigaraki”

For the last 15 years, we have been working on making films barrier-free so that people who are blind or deaf can enjoy movies as a form of entertainment that enriches our lives. In that time, we saw the development of UDCast, a new technology that allows viewers to use devices like their iPhones or goggles to cast barrier-free subtitles, and this service is also being used to provide multilingual subtitles and audio guides. Barrier-free films are considered the future form of movies, adding depth to film representations in diversity and dimension. When we look back at the history of film which goes back only 125 years, it shows us that film has unlimited potential. “Barrier-free” is not just a method of ensuring access to information; it is a concept for the future of human culture. (Tetsujiro Yamagami–Film Festival Producer)

/ Timetable

/ 7th February (Friday)
/ Opening
/ “Leaving the Scene”
/ After screening
/ Talk by Director Yutaka Mizutani
/ “Closed Ward”
/ After screening
/ Talk by Director Hideyuki Hirayama
/ “Let’s Go to Okinawa”
/ After screening
/ Talk by Director Nobuo Onishi
/ “Independent Living”
/ 8th February (Saturday)
/ Opening
/ “Closed Ward”
/ After screening
/ Talk by Director Hideyuki Hirayama
/ “Every Day a Good Day”
/ After screening
/ Talk by Director Tatsushi Omori
/ “Wind from Shigaraki”
/ After screening
/ Talk by a relevant speaker
/ “Independent Living”
/ After screening
/ Talk by Director Yuki Tanaka
/ “Artists in Wonderland”
/ After screening
/ Talk by Yoko Takahashi and others
/ “Let's Go to Okinawa”
/ 9th February (Sunday)
/ Opening
/ “Okko's Inn”
/ After screening
/ Movie analysis

/ Work introduction

/ Director introduction

Project 5

/ Workshop -Source of Expressions-

February 9 (Sun), 2020, 10:00 am – 04:00 pm Venue : Shigaraki Seinenryo, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (Shigaraki-cho, Koka-shi, Shiga)

/ Pathway to shrine in Shigaraki
/ Climbing Kiln

Shigaraki in Koka City, Shiga Prefecture is home to one of the six most noteworthy ceramic kilns of Japan known as the Six Ancient Kilns. Many unique masterpieces are being created in “Shigaraki Seinenryo”. Along with the charm of the works from Shigaraki Seinenryo and the background in which they are made, this is a program to experience the whole of Shigaraki district.

/ Schedule

/ February 9 (Sun)
Meeting place
/ Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel (4-7-7, Nionohama, Otsu-shi, Shiga)
/ Otsu station

(*) Shuttle bus service to Shigaraki.

/ Visit to Shigaraki Seinenryo
  • Viewing works and visiting the workshops, with an introduction to the past activities of Shigaraki Seinenryo.
/ Lunch
/ Stroll around the town of Shigaraki
/ Visit to Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
  • Ceramic making with artists from Shigaraki Seinenryo.

Barrier-free services

/ To ensure everyone can participate

Disabled People’s Arts and Culture Festival will strive to ensure that everyone can enjoy the festival regardless of abilities or disabilities. On the day, there will be a Welcome Center to support visitors’ stay and experience as well as ensuring access to information, such as through sign language interpretation, for each program. The main services are as follows. Details will follow on our homepage. We look forward to seeing you there.

Welcome Center
: There will be an information desk to support visitors' stay and experience.
Calm Down Space
: here will be a resting space for people who do not feel well on the day.
Welcome Phone, LINE
: During the festival, we will set up a designated phone line and LINE for inquiries. *For inquiries prior to the opening of the festival, please contact us at Inquiry.
Pick-up service for wheelchair users
: There will be a wheelchair accessible bus running from Otsu Station to Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel (can accommodate one accompanying person). Timetable will follow on our homepage.
Ensuring access to information such as sign language interpretation
: Through sign language interpretation and note-taking etc., we will ensure access to information for each program. Please refer to each project for details.