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“World Culture and Sports Forum” held for the first time in Kyoto and Tokyo (Oct. 19 – 22, 2016)
 
An international “Sports and Culture World Forum” was held for the first time this October, hosted by the Japan Sports Agency and the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The forum was held in Kyoto and Tokyo and was geared toward preparing for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games/Paralympic Games, by serving as a venue to discuss how sports, culture and business can contribute to the international community and leave behind both material and immaterial legacies, in coordination with tourism, and to disseminate this information and create international opportunities by kicking-off these events.
The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology spoke at the commencement of the program in Kyoto. Leaders from diverse fields took the podium of the Cultural Forum, debating such topics as promoting a cultural program, archiving techniques and usages, and tradition versus innovation. The forum saw as an event the Ikuko Kawai violin concert at Ninomaru Goten’s kitchen courtyard of Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
In the Tokyo program, leaders of industry and leaders of the athletic community gave keynote speeches, including the presidents of both the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee, followed by speakers’ sessions on various topics and cultural discussions. In a symposium focused on art activities by people with disabilities, speeches were given discussing the possibilities of social inclusion through culture and art by artistic director of the Graeae Theater Company, Jenny Sealey and the actress and dancer with a prosthetic leg, Kazuyo Morita. A cultural work was presented at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall by Kyogen artist Mansai Nomura with contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimura in charge of production and artistic direction, entitled “SAMBASO, Divine Dance.” The forum also held various public-private workshops and a youth program.
Dates/venues
Kyoto: Oct. 19-20, 2016 (ROHM Theater Kyoto, others)
Tokyo: Oct. 20-22, 2016 (Roppongi Hills, others)
+World Culture and Sports Forum
http://wfsc2016.mext.go.jp/en/
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