Asian Performing Arts Farm > APAF Lab Call for Participants (Online)


Asian Performing Arts Farm (APAF) is a Tokyo Festival programme supporting the development of young artists. Its goal is to offer opportunities for artists in Asia to elevate their creative practice through mutual interaction, and enable them to expand their presence beyond national and cultural boundaries. As part of this year’s online programme, a two-month online performing arts camp will be held 20 August – 25 October 2020.

APAF Lab is a performing arts camp in which participants with diverse national and cultural backgrounds are able to cultivate their creative foundation through discussion and research, and gain perspective on their own practice as well as the future of the performing arts. The organisers invite Asia-based directors, choreographers, playwrights, dramaturgs, producers, and others, who have been involved in performing arts projects to take part. (The camp will be conducted in English. Participation is free.)

Main activities:

  • Research: With the themes or areas of interest from their respective practice as their point of departure, the participants will conduct research and field work, incorporating new perspectives and ideas generated from the triggers. Aside from research themes of their own choosing, participants will also be involved in the research of other participants.

  • Discussions: Participants will exchange views and ideas regarding research themes, facilitator presentations, and other topics.

  • Lectures: The APAF Director and other guests will give lectures to the participants.

  • Presentations: Each participant will give a presentation on the outcome of their research. The kickoff of the programme and the midterm presentations will lead up to the final public presentations.


  • Participants will receive up to 100,000 JPY (~820 EUR; transfer fees, tax, and similar costs will be deducted from this amount) for setting up the necessary Wi-fi environment to participate in the programme, as well as for research, materials, and production costs (props etc.) for their final presentation.

  • Japanese-English interpreting services will be available at the midterm and final presentations.

  • Among the eligibility requirements are that applicants must be based in Asia and be aged 35 or younger (as a general rule).

Deadline: 4 July 2020

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