True Colors Festival
True Colors Festival is created by people who aspire for a society where everyone supports each other regardless of their differences in abilities, gender, age, and nationalities. Various performing arts programs will be presented throughout the year bringing together diverse groups of people through collaboration and participation, stimulating awareness on many levels. True Colors Festival is a festival that aspires for a society that supports and accepts all differences between disabilities, gender, age, and nationalities.
3 features of the True Colors Festival
Participants will have a chance to interact with each other and the artists to enrich their experience moving beyond a passive member of the audience.
Our academy, workshop, and volunteer program will provide various opportunities to learn about diversity.
We will create spaces that are accessible to everyone and events that are enjoyable regardless of one’s ability.
True Colors Attendant
We are looking for people to help us make a space that everyone can enjoy!
The True Colors Festival will create events that are enjoyable to everyone regardless of one’s ability. We are looking for people to help us build accessible environments leading up to the True Colors CONCERT in July 2020.
Become a festival attendant through specialized lectures and practical workshops! We are looking for people who want to gain experience and excel at the True Colors Festival.
True Colors Official LINE Account
This is a platform for the fans of True Color Festival. Not only will you be able to find out about the program, but we will also post special information for families, seniors, and people with disabilities here. Tickets can be reserved in advance and there will be additional features so that you can enjoy the festival even more!
About our accessibility policy
True Colors Festival will take various initiatives and implement ideas to create a festival environment that is open to everyone and easy to attend. At each venue we will provide sign language translation and subtitle services for secure transfer of information and will create a comfortable space for people with all backgrounds. Additionally, we will increase the accessibility on our website and announcements so that it is easy to attain information on routes to the venue and to learn about the contents of the program.
Regarding profits made at True Colors Festival
After the festival programs concludes in the summer of 2020, True Colors Festival will use all revenue made from ticket and merchandise sales (excluding commission to consignee) to produce future cultural and artistic events that advocate diversity and take steps closer to our goal of a society that doesn’t leave anyone behind and supports each other. We will facilitate opportunities for artists that continue to pursue artistic expression despite various challenges in life or that fight prejudice against disabilities, gender, and race through their expression to connect and collaborate.
Ambassadors & Advisory Members
IVAN is a fashion model and television personality born in 1984 in Mexico from a half-Japanese and half-Spaniard father and a Mexican mother. She is fluent in Japanese, English, and Spanish. As a male model she was featured in various shows, including Paris Fashion Week. In 2014, IVAN had her big break when she appeared on television show Ariyoshihanseikai. Since then she has been active as a television and radio personality.
Ototake was born in 1976 in Tokyo without arms and legs and grew up using an electric wheelchair. His book Gotaifumanzoku (No One’s Perfect), which was published while he was a student at Waseda University, became a bestseller with more than 6,000,000 copies sold. Recently, he is focussing on a project to walk with advanced prosthetic legs. His other books include – Daijyobu Sankumi and Sharin No Ue published by Kodansha and Otokodoba from Bungeishunjyu.
LOVELI is a fashion model and television personality born on November 27, 1989. She is also an artist that makes photographs and poems inspired by words that come from within. Since June 2018, she has been the Sightseeing Ambassador of the Philippines. She is the chief editor for mail-magazine KILIG, where she has organized numerous events with her fans.
Ryuchell is an artist and television personality born on September 29, 1995 in Okinawa. After graduating from high school he decided to move to Harajuku to express his true self. Starting his career as an amateur fashion model, Ryuchell soon became a nation-wide television personality. In 2018, he was named as the “Shibuya Diversity Evangelist” by the mayor of Shibuya City. In April 2019, he released his first album SUPER CANDY BOY, and continues to send his message through various forms of media.
(Financial firm employee, Wheelchair user, Actor in theater piece organized by DITA)
Olson was born in Gifu, Japan and grew up in London, Tokyo, and California. At age 19, she faced a traumatic car accident which left her paralyzed from the neck down. After focusing on physical rehabilitation, she showed remarkable recovery. She is now based in Tokyo where she works for a global financial firm and lives with her husband. She hopes that her own experience can help eliminate prejudice against disabilities and advocates for a more inclusive mindset.
(Gay-rights Activist, Artist)
Kato was born in 1983 in Tokyo. Between 2010 to 2017, he worked on improving campus life at International Christian University (ICU) as a staff member of the Gender Research Center and coordinated the Mitaka Gender & Sexuality Film Festival in ICU. Since 2006, he has been active under the moniker of Kumaeshi Yu. In 2016, he won the grand prize for END VIOLENCE AGAINST LGBTIQ Poster Exhibition.
(Director of New Canvas Inc., Co-Director of Tokyo Rainbow Pride)
Born in 1981 in Tokyo, Sugiyama is transgender and a former member of the Japanese National Women’s Fencing Team. After travelling through 50 nations including the North Pole with a backpack, Sugiyama encountered and learned about each region’s various social issues. He is currently a member of Shibuya City Gender Equality / Diverse Society Promotion Council.
(Director of Experiencing Art with the Visually Impaired Workshop)
Hayashi was born in 1973 in Tokyo. Since 1995, he has supported people with disabilities as a welfare care worker. In 2012, he founded the Experiencing Art with the Visually Impaired Workshop, and has organized workshops at museums and schools all over Japan, including the Yokohama Art Museum and Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, where the visually impaired and sighted people experience art together through words. In 2017, he started the Kikutabi Project.
(Chief Director of NPO TA-net, Researcher at Kumagaya Laboratory RCAST The University of Tokyo, Hearing Impaired)
In 2012, Hirokawa founded Theater Accessibility Network. In 2017, she won the New Artist Award from the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Since 2018, she is a researcher in the field of Tojisha Kenkyu at the The Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo where she researches on how to support the viewing of theater. She is currently a member of Promotion of Cultural and Artistic Activities for People with Disabilities Council for the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs.
|Event Title||True Colors Festival|
|Period||September 2019 to July 2020|
|Location||Various location in Tokyo|
|Presenter||The Nippon Foundation|
|Co-organizer||The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS|
|Special Sponsor||TOKYU GROUP, TikTok|
|Sponsored by||Facebook, Twitter Japan Inc.,Yahoo Japan Corporation, CINRA.NET, Time Out Tokyo, SHIBUYA QWS|
|Closed captions by||NHK Global Media Services, Inc.|
|Supported by||Shibuya City, Shibuya City Tourism Association, Embassy of Canada to Japan, Embassy of the Argentine Republic, Japan Disability Forum|
|In cooperation with||100BANCH|
True Colors Festival Management Structure
|Executive Producer||Ichiro Kabasawa (Executive Director of TNF)|
|Strategic Advisor||Audrey Perera (True Colours Festival 2018 Producer)|
|Directors||Toru Aoki (The Nippon Foundation)
Mariko Mori (The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS)
Kao Kanamori (Loftwork Inc., DRIFTERS INTERNATIONAL)
Yu Shigematsu (Loftwork Inc.)
|Associate Director||Akane Nakamura (precog co.,LTD., DRIFTERS INTERNATIONAL)|
|Official Designer||Kazunari Hattori|
True Colors Festival Operating Office
|Management||The Nippon Foundation, The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS, Loftwork Inc., Precog co.,LTD. , DRIFTERS INTERNATIONAL|
|The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS||Chief Director/True Colors Festival Chief Manager: Mariko Mori
Program Director/True Colors Festival Deputy Manager: Takeshi Tamura
Program Director: Miyo Okumoto
Assistant Director: Mei Harata
|Loftwork Inc.||Senior Project Manager: Chiaki Hayashi
Project Manager: Yu Shigematsu
Creative Director/ True Colors Festival Deputy Manager: Kao Kanamori
Assistant Director: Kei Iwakura
Web Director: Satoko Kitajima
Technical Director: Kaori Onomura
Graphic Director: Satoshi Muro
Assistant Designer: Minako Ito
Movie Director: Yuta Kuronuma
Movie Assistant Director: Shinshin Tai
Academy Director: Yukako Ishikawa
Academy Assistant Director: Maiko Tomita
Producer: Tetsuya Kasiwagi
|precog co.,LTD.||Director/True Colors Festival Deputy Manager: Akane Nakamura
Senior Project Manager: Kumi Hiraoka
Project Manager: Mai Hyodo
Ticketing Coordinator: Yuka Yatsu
Project Coordinator: Hitomi Sato
Workshop Coordinator: Yuika Kurita
|Communications Management||Shinko Suzuki, Asumi Kitahori (DRIFTERS INTERNATIONAL)
Natsumi Kato (precog co.,LTD.)
Haruka Murakami, Risa Yamazaki (Soldum inc.)
|Attendant Management||Akiho Tani, Shoko Miyamoto (syuz’gen, LLC)|
|The Nippon Foundation True Colors Team||Yasunobu Ishii, Toru Aoki, Mari Tanaka, Eriko Uchiyama, Toru Koike, Ikumi Kawamata, Kimie Warabi|
True Colors PR Office
|SUNNY SIDE UP,INC.||Marimi Yajima, Yuki Sugimoto, Keiko Matsuse, Akihiro Asano, Remi Takara|