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Tokunoshima—one of the Amami islands, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea, will host an art festival in 2014.

Enjoying warm weather all year round, Tokunoshima is a subtropical island of stunning natural beauty with scenic beaches and mountains. With its variety of indigenous fauna and flora, the island—along with the other Amami and Ryukyu islands—is under consideration to be listed as a World Natural Heritage site. Located in the southwest of the Japanese archipelago, it is enriched by its long history and the esprit of its inhabitants. The island is known for kokutō (brown sugar) and kokutō shōchū (distilled spirits), both made from the local sugarcane, as well as for bullfighting.

Tokunoshima used to pride itself for being self-sufficient, but now faced with a number of issues including agricultural problems and an aging, declining population, the island’s unique lifestyle is under threat.

What can art do on Tokunoshima, such a small island, with an aging and declining population? Can art inspire the consciousness of the locals, as well as our own?
Can it play any part in revitalizing the quality of local life?

By turning Omonawa, Kanami and Tōbe—three villages, located respectively at the southernmost, northernmost and central parts of Tokunoshima—into a base for art, and thus enveloping the whole island with artistic activity, we explore the possibilities of contemporary art. What art can achieve may only be limited, but we will start with what we can do with our imagination and creativity.

Founding Chair and Executive Director, Ryuji Miyamoto

Festival Overview

Dates Saturday, July 26, 2014 – Sunday, August 31, 2014

Venues [Open 10:00 – 17:00 (Free entry)]

In the town of Amagi
     ・Former Tōbe Branch School Building/ Tōbe Public Hall

In the town of Isen
     ・Isen Museum of History and Folklore
     ・Furusato Agricultural Training Center (Public Hall)
     ・Bull sheds

In the town of Tokunoshima
     ・Kanami Agricultural Training Center (Public Hall)
     ・Open-air exhibit next to Boma senkokuga (petroglyphs)



Participating artists Yoko ANDO, Textile Coordinator/Designer
Nobuaki FURUYA, Architect
Takuya IKEZAKI, Artist
Ryuji MIYAMOTO, Photographer
Nobuho NAGASAWA, Artist
Eijiro TAKAHASHI, Artist
Fumito URABE, Artist
Theater Company ARICA
Nobuaki Furuya Laboratory members (Department of Architecture, Waseda University)
Organizer Tokunoshima Island Art Project Committee
Founding Chair and Executive Director: Ryuji Miyamoto (Bio)
Producer: Dr Fuyubi Nakamura (Bio)

Tokyo Office: Room 1006, FLAMP, 3-8-25, Kamiochiai, Shinjuku, Tokyo 161-0034, Japan
Tel: +81-80-9526-1736

With cooperation of NPO Niji no kai as the project’s local representative in Tokunoshima:
2324-1 Isen, Isen-cho, Oshima-gun, Kagoshima, 891-8201, Japan
Tel: +81-997-86-3575
Public Supporters The towns of Amagi, Isen and Tokunoshima in Kagoshima Prefecture
Grant 公益財団法人福武財
公益財団法人アサヒグループ芸術文化財団
The Asahi Shimbun Foundation
Cooperation Ryuji Miyamoto Laboratory, Graduate School of Arts and Design, Kobe Deign University
Nobuaki Furuya Laboratory, Department of Architecture, Waseda University
Support
Amari Shurui Ltd.
A-Line Ferry Co.,Ltd
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