The Japan Foundation × AAF Global Network Project “Pioneer the Future with Power of Culture - Spirit of Tohoku, Voices from Asia - ”

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The Japan Foundation co-organizes an international conference “Potential of New Global Network” in cooperation with Asahi Art Festival (AAF) Executive Committee.

AAF is a nation wide network of arts projects whose initiatives are taken by local citizens, to cultivate and rejuvenate community’s future by connecting art and society across Japan. To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, AAF organizes the AAF Global Network Project by inviting creative leaders from seven Asian countries, to hold study tour to build a network with Tohoku-based arts projects. On August 21, the Japan Foundation will co-organize an international conference in Tokyo held on the last day of the study tour in cooperation with AAF.

Cover of Pioneer the Future with Power of Culture
 - Spirit of Tohoku, Voices from Asia -

“Pioneer the Future with Power of Culture
- Spirit of Tohoku, Voices from Asia - ” (PDF:481KB)

(in Japanese)

International Conference in Tokyo
- Potential of New Global Network -

What did young Asian cultural leaders witness in Tohoku region where people started to take a step forward calmly yet firmly? At the conference, they will report what they have seen and a dialogue with arts practitioners in Tohoku, to share the story with people around the world through Ustream. After the report, 3 agendas will be discussed with participants of the conference: “Creative Self-governed Society”, “Role of Art Center” and “Value of International Network”. Through the conference, the Japan Foundation and AAF aim to provide a global vision to build a creative and sustainable society.

Date: August 21 (Sun.) 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(Venue Opens from 1:30 p.m.)

Free (Please reserve in advance. Capacity: 100 people)

*The conference will be broadcast on Ustream on the Internet

*Simultaneous or consecutive interpretation will be offered.
*Reception will be held after the conference.


Indra Ameng | Indonesia
Bani Haykal | Singapore
Kim Kang | Korea
Paphonsak La-or | Thailand
Lee Chun Fung | Hong Kong
Lew Pik-Svonn | Malaysia
Jaime Pacena II | The Philippines

Workshop moderator

Kenji Kai | Director, Activity Support Department of Sendai Mediatheque
Toru Koyamada | Artist
Teiko Hinuma |Curator, Associate professor of Joshibi University of Art and Design


2:00 p.m. Opening speech: Junko Tokoro|Managing Director of the Japan Foundation Communication Center
2:10 p.m. Report of study tour by AAF
2:20 p.m. Report of study tour by Asian participants
3:40 p.m. Workshops

» Workshop 1
“What is a Creative Self-governed Society? – Acquirement of New Perspective”
Workshop 1 will focus on how creative talent and ideas support the recovery of the Tohoku.
Moderator: Toru Koyamada (artist)

» Workshop 2
“How to Support Community Projects?-- Role and Purpose of Art Center ”
Workshop 2 will discuss the programs, aim and achievement of Art Center, which is a hub of support, archives, resources and network of the community.
Moderator: Kenji Kai (Director, Activity Support Department)

» Workshop 3
“From Local to Global – the Value of International Network”
Workshop 3 will explore potential of global network to help community to be more sustainable and creative.
Moderator: Teiko Hinuma (Curator, Associate professor of Joshibi University of Art and Design)

5:00 p.m. Review of the Workshop
5:30 p.m. AAF Manifesto: Taneo Kato |Secretary General of Asahi Beer Arts Foundation
6:00 p.m. Reception


Asahi Art Festival (AAF) Executive Committee
TEL 03-3353-6866 FAX 03-3353-6971 E-MAIL
Please book by telephone, fax or e-mail with your name, occupation, event date and venue, contact e-mail address or phone number, workshop which you would like to participate in (in Tokyo only).
For further information on the study tour or the international conference held in Hachinohe on August 19 (Fri.) , please visit

Organized by
Asahi Art Festival (AAF) Executive Committee

Co-organized by
The Japan Foundation (conference in Tokyo)
Hachinohe Potal Museum “hacchi”(conference in Hachinohe)

With Special Support of Asahi Breweries, Ltd.

Supported by
Asahi Beer Arts Foundation

Cooperated by
Association for Corporate Support of the Arts, Japan
(Kigyo Mécénat Kyogikai: KMK)
Arts NPO Link

【Profile of the Participants】

Indra Ameng | Indonesia
Project coordinator of an alternative space “ruangrupa”. “ruangrupa” regards visual arts as cultural activity, and conducts a wide range of programs such as exhibitions, AIR programs and workshops in cooperation with other artists.
Bani Haykal | Singapore
Associate Artist of The Substation, the first privately run art center in Singapore. The Substation conducts various programs among which performing art is a main field, in cooperation with other artists or organizations.
Kim Kang | Korea
Artist, Curator and Researcher. The Director of Center for Art & Urban Society in Mallae, Seoul. Kim has been engaged in community-base avant-garde arts activities such as Project Space LAB39.
Paphonsak La-or | Thailand
Artist, Vice Chairman the Land Foundation. The Land Foundation promotes social arts activities titled “The Land” that local citizens take the initiative in land management.
Lee Chun Fung | Hong Kong
Artist and independent curator. One of the founders of a community art space Woofer Ten, which runs a wide range of projects to connect arts with community.
Lew Pik-Svonn | Malaysia
Freelance Art Worker, organizer of art project Chow Kit Kita. Lew organizes “Chow Kit Kita”, arts projects for teenagers to understand the community more deeply.
Jaime Pacena II | The Philippines
Multimedia artist, Curator, Lecturer of Asia Pacific College. Pacena now plans an exhibition “Bliss Market” to create network among inhabitants at the dwelling area of his birthplace.
Kenji Kai
Director of Activity Support Department of Sendai Mediatheque Kai participates in some NPO groups such as “remo” for archives, media and organizations, and “reci p” for information and projects related to the community culture. Kai deals with information design, planning and management mainly in cultural policy making.
Toru Koyamada
Artist. Koyamada graduated from Fine Art Division of Kyoto City University of Arts in 1984. Koyamada organized “Dumb Type” while he was studying at the university, and started to develop various shared space in 1990. He curated “Floating Museum” (2009/ Maizuru RB).
Teiko Hinuma
Associate professor of Joshibi University of Art and Design. Hinuma has been engaged in curation and projects based on AIR programs.

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