Cultural programming at Tokyo 2020: the impossible Olympic festival city?

IOC website screenshot | Olympic Agora (Aug 2021) The Tokyo 2020 Games will be remembered as the Games without a live audience. They will be talked about as the ‘Covid Games’ that were forced to exclude spectators and collective gatherings. The sporting competition field was protected to the best of the organisers’ ability — and … Continue reading Cultural programming at Tokyo 2020: the impossible Olympic festival city?

Giant inflatables and flying dancers. Olympic art has always turned heads.

In the days before the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony, people were treated to the sight of a giant head floating over the city. Entitled Masayume, this oversized balloon installation by Japanese artist collective Me, was part of the Tokyo Tokyo Festival], as an arts response to the Olympic Games.  Art has long accompanied the arrival … Continue reading Giant inflatables and flying dancers. Olympic art has always turned heads.

‘Let Space Speak’ | Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony

This Olympic Opening Ceremony offers poignant images of what is ‘not’ there One of the things that struck me the most during Japan’s 2016 Forum of Sport & Culture was a talk by a Japanese living national treasure on the importance of empty space – and nothingness – in Japanese culture. The opening ceremony of Tokyo 2020 has had … Continue reading ‘Let Space Speak’ | Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony

Tokyo 2020 Cultural Olympiad

Youth, heritage, empowerment and nationwide celebration Article originally published by Beatriz Garcia via Net TAM in 2018 (In English | In Japanese) The Cultural Olympiad has been an essential component of every edition of the Olympic Games since 1912. Despite its long history, the Olympic cultural programme is one of the least well known dimensions of the … Continue reading Tokyo 2020 Cultural Olympiad