A festival that brings together intangible cultural heritage from across the globe.
Gathering together traditional culture and performing arts that have been passed down the generations in various parts of the world, this project will seek to communicate the significance of cultural diversity and coexistence through intercommunication, helping to ensure that culture is passed on to future generations. Performers from Japan’s Tohoku region and from all five continents will be invited to take part, amplifying its message on the value of intangible cultural heritage.
Performers from five continents have been invited to showcase their heritage, including “Seto Polyphonic Singing Tradition” (the Republic of Estonia), “Dance and Music of the Garifuna” (the Republic of Honduras), “Ethiopians Ethnic Performing Arts” (the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia), “Saman, Traditional Dance of the Gayo” (the Republic of Indonesia), “The Yak Dance of Eastern Bhutan” (the Kingdom of Bhutan), and “Lakalaka, Dances and Sung Speeches of Tonga” (the Kingdom of Tonga). In addition, as performing arts from Japan’s Tohoku region, “Shishi-Odori (Deer Dance)” (Iwate Prefecture), “Akiu no Taue Odori” (Miyagi Prefecture), and “Jangara Nembutsu-odori” (Fukushima Prefecture) have been invited to represent the project’s sincere wishes for the recovery of Tohoku from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, as well as to convey the value of intangible cultural heritage.
* The invited performances listed are tentative.
Various folk entertainments passed down through the generations in each part of Japan are important cultural assets of which we should be proud and which belong to each and every one of us. The Japan Folk Performing Arts Association is the only nationwide organization of its kind, whose membership consists both of groups dedicated to preserving folk entertainments and individuals with an interest in those forms of performing art. The Association seeks to preserve and promote folk performing arts in local communities across the country by holding folk entertainment performances, cultivating instructors and preservation groups, and engaging in international exchange. As such, it will undertake a project aimed at contributing to the promotion and development of Japanese culture.