Improvised Music from Japan / Otomo Yoshihide / Fukushima

Flags Across Borders

Call for the Festival FUKUSHIMA! Synchronized Worldwide Events

Otomo Yoshihide

Think about our future with "FUKUSHIMA!" as a keyword - why don't you hold such a festival with your own hands? We will host "Festival FUKUSHIMA!" which was held last August, this year again, during a 12-day-period from August 15 (Wed) to 26 (Sun). During this period, we will hold a variety of large and small festivals around Fukushima Prefecture, and at the same time, we are hoping to have synchronized festivals that you will create with your own originality in various places regardless of prefectural or national borders. The planned event period is from August 15 to 26 but you can also hold an event before or after this period.

Although it is called a festival, it is not necessary to be a big event. Any event, large or small, is OK. For example, having a small party with some friends, holding a small concert by like-minded people, having an event at a club, having a study workshop or discussions with friends focusing on radiation which is sometimes difficult to talk in our daily life, renting a small gallery to have an exhibition, parading in the street playing music with some people, holding a rock festival, streaming your original program over the Internet, etc. Your event can be hold at any time during the period of August 15 to 26. Why not hold a "Festival FUKUSHIMA!" event of your own idea?

Succeeding the last year's theme of "The Future Is In Our Hands," a new theme which will be added this year is how to build our future by overcoming various differences in opinions, divisions and oblivion.

We will carefully clean and decontaminate the approx. 6,000 m2- "Fukushima Gigantic Furoshiki (wrapping cloth)" which was laid at the "Village of Four Seasons," a main venue of last year's festival, and then cut it to make thousands of flags. You can also make your own flags. Any flag is OK. Same flags cannot be made naturally. The finished flags are all different. These flags will be hoisted in Fukushima, then, spread around festival venues all over the world where various events will be held with "FUKUSHIMA!" as a keyword. This is our image of the Festival.

The title is "Flags Across Borders." We hope that handmade flags which are different in sizes, designs and colors will be bridges to connect with many people in diversified positions loosely.

If you want to join the Synchronized Events, please fill out the entreey form on our official website and contact us. If you let us know the details of a festival by the end of May, they will be included in the official brochure to be released in July. After that, we will keep updating festival information to be held in various places on the Internet.

Entry for the Festival FUKUSHIMA! Synchronized Worldwide Events

Last updated: May 18, 2012