Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture paves the path to the future with a vanguard event addressing and celebrating inclusivity with the launch of the National Arts and Cultural Festival for People With Disabilities.
This nationwide event, held in tandem with the Ishikawa Hyakumangoku Cultural Festival is a blend of unique performance and education based sessions that celebrate the Prefecture and all of its diversity. The 44 day gathering that begins this month will showcase more than 150 unique cultural events in cities and towns all across the Prefecture to celebrate new cultures, classical music, artistic performances, contemporary art, and the region’s extraordinary gastronomy.
Inclusivity prevails this year with a unique series of sessions aimed at celebrating Japan’s physically challenged and neurodiverse. Approximately 700 works of art by artists across the country with disabilities will be showcased, from calligraphy to paintings, 3D creations and beyond. And, diverse citizens from around the country have been recruited to contribute decorated umbrellas and to assist with scenery stages to showcase this staple in Ishikawa life due to its ample rainfall.
The celebration of inclusivity continues as everyone from small children to the elderly are encouraged to participate, volunteer, and celebrate. The overarching idea is to ensure succession, whereas children and young artists are invited to absorb the cultural immersion and pass it on to the next generation of developers and creators as a new culture unfolds that is built upon the existing one.
Ishikawa Prefecture is chosen to host the festival this year not only for its deep-rooted tradition and culture such as Noh and Japanese traditional music and crafts along with tea ceremonies nurtured by Kaga Hyakumangoku, but also the diverse offerings including gastronomy, classical music and contemporary art. Through this festival, they would like to take the opportunity to promote their regional historical, cultural and nature heritage and hope to attract more interest and attention that will lead to future succession and development.
The Prefecture also aims to boost tourism, visitors around the world are encouraged to join to take advantage of these very immersive, experiential opportunities for education and interaction, fostering international exchange while at the same time integrating local industry into the fold to ensure everyone on the ground benefits from the collective exposure and revitalization.
Engaging sessions are meant to showcase incredible local highlights and will include a day of incredible female wellness experts lecturing on the health and beauty benefits of onsens, food trucks with local fare, tea ceremonies, craft sales and more.
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