Tokyo Festival Farm is a new framework that brings together all development initiatives within Tokyo Festival, a festival for performing arts. It was created 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. There are three categories: ‘School’, a place to meet and learn, ‘Internship’, an on-site training opportunity, and ‘Lab’, for exploring research and development. By having this range of programmes based around open calls and developing a collaborative interdisciplinary and interregional approach, Tokyo Festival Farm aims to foster professionals capable of free movement across all kinds of borders, which will become increasingly fluid in the future.
Among the activities are two programmes open to applicants based in Asia:
Farm-Lab Exhibition: An international group of emerging talents will collaborate on a new performing arts production, with a work-in-progress presentation held part-way through the programme. Online rehearsals begin in September, with a residency scheduled in Tokyo for 1-25 October 2021. Participants receive a fee of 150,000 JPY, plus accommodation, per diem and round-trip flights for the residency.
Asian Performing Arts Camp: An online art camp where performing arts creators from across Asia explore their own research while gaining different perspectives through discussions and lectures. Among other forms of support, participants will receive a grant of up to 100,000 JPY (~750 EUR). The camp takes place August – October 2021.