Art in the Countryside: Symposium on Art and Regional Revitalization through Case Studies from Japan

Since the beginning of the new millennium, regional arts projects and festivals have sprung up in many places in rural Japan.


Many regions anticipate a cultural boost in the form of such events to create new types of social, cultural, and economic capital in the area. Some rural communities also engage with art projects to promote countryside lifestyles and environmental awareness. The symposium investigated the potential of the arts to develop creative responses to the multiple challenges and opportunities of the Japanese regions in an interdisciplinary environment, including scholars of Visual and Performing Arts, Cultural Policy, Japanese Studies, Tourism Studies, and Social Anthropology, as well as artists and practitioners. The symposium looked into socio-cultural discourse and innovation triggered by the arts in the Japanese regions. 


Date: 12-14 August 2022 

Languages: Japanese and English with simultaneous translation

Venue: Zoom webinar and on-site for invited audience only


Organisers: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien (DIJ), University of Copenhagen; supported by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Tokyo, Toshiba International Foundation, The Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation

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