True Colors Festival
The True Colors Festival creates opportunities to embrace diversity in disabilities, genders, generation, languages and nationalities through performing arts.
Crisis pulls us apart, but will bring us together in time.
This festival offers entertaining and thought-provoking moments where appreciation, acceptance and sense of belonging win over fear, denial, and insecurity.
The relaunch of the True Colors Festival marks our commitment in a search for the role performing arts can play in the coming days, with artists and audiences around the world.
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 2021, 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.
From August 2019 to June 2020
(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.
(Cocktailz Director, Accessibility Consultant, person of low vision)
Ishiki was born 1977 in Tokyo with visual impairment (low vision). He started to become interested in web accessibility around 2001, and since 2003 he has been working as a consultant with corporations, local governments, and ministries on improving accessibilities on websites. He founded Cocktailz in August 2010. While continuing his work in web accessibility, he also produces “KIMINOTE” which are easy to use and cool notebooks for children with low vision.
|Event Title||True Colors Festival|
|Period||from September 2019|
|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, PIONEER CORPORATION|
|Cooperated by||Closed captions by NHK Global Media Services, Inc., Technical supported by Google Arts & Culture|
|Supported by||Shibuya City, Japan Disability Forum (TBC)|
True Colors Festival Management Structure
|Senior Exective Director||Ichiro Kabasawa (Executive Director of TNF)|
|Executive Producer||Audrey Perera (True Colours Festival 2018 Producer)|
|Directors||Toru Aoki (The Nippon Foundation)
Mariko Mori (The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS)
|The Nippon Foundation True Colors Team||Toru Aoki, Mari Tanaka, Ikumi Kawamata, Kimie Warabi|
|The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS||Mariko Mori, Takeshi Tamura, Mei Harata, Sayo Yokota|