Co-hosted Programmes

In addition to programmes presented by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the TOKYO 2020 NIPPON FESTIVAL will include co-hosted programmes held in collaboration with local governments and cultural/arts groups nationwide.

By presenting special cultural events representative of Japan in conjunction with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in the form of the TOKYO 2020 NIPPON FESTIVAL, which is an official cultural programme of the Tokyo 2020 Games, co-hosted programmes aim to strongly disseminate Japan’s proud culture and performing arts both inside and outside Japan.


THE NOHGAKU FESTIVAL in the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020
July - September 2020

Inspired by the Olympics Noh Festival held at the time of the previous Olympic Games, THE NOHGAKU FESTIVAL in Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games will be a Nohgaku festival on an unprecedented scale, bringing together heads of the various Noh schools and living national treasures. The National Noh Theatre will be revitalised as a new innovation space with eyes on the next generation where audiences can experience the richness and depth of Japanese culture and share emotionally moving experiences with a vast range of people through Nohgaku drama.

Venue: National Noh Theatre
Hosts: The Nohgaku Perfromers’ Association, Japan Nohgaku Organization


Yabusame Ceremony to Ensure the Success and Safety of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020
19 July 2020

Yabusame (horseback archery) rituals are usually held to pray for the peace of the nation and welfare of the people, but a special yabusame event is being held to pray for the safety of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The yabusame rituals performed by The Japan Equestrian Archery Association are a traditional culture dating from the Kamakura Period (1185–1333), and riding techniques have been honed and tailored to modern-day horses, enabling riders to shoot arrows even while riding very fast on temperamental horses. Be amazed by the power and skill of yabusame and join us in making this a truly exciting event.

Venue: Meiji Shrine Nishisando Yabusame Riding Course
Host: The Japan Equestrian Archery Association


Tochigi Culture Festival 2020
Tochigi Prefecture Cultural Center Post Renovation Pre-Opening Gala
29 - 30 March 2020

In order to boost momentum for participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, the Tochigi Culture Festival 2020 will be held in coordination with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, which is scheduled to pass through Tochigi Prefecture in late March 2020. The programme features the Calling Tochigi Band & Orchestra Festival!on Sunday, 29 March and Feel the TOCHIGI♡ at the Theatre on Monday, 30 March.

Venue:Tochigi-ken Sogo Bunka Centre
Host: Tochigi Prefecture


© Stefan Hoederath

Spring Festival in Tokyo Special Concert Berliner Philharmoniker in Tokyo 2020
24 - 27 June 2020

This special concert celebrating the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics will be performed by the Berliner Philharmonic. Under the direction of Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who has played a pivotal part in the realisation that "Music doesn't have any borders,“ the orchestra will perform a programme embodying the celebratory spirit of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, as well as prayers for disaster reconstruction and peace. Outdoor performance is to be the largest event of their kind to be held in Tokyo and aim to create a space that people of all ages can casually enjoy by unifying audiences and performers through music.

Venue: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, outdoor venue (in Tokyo)
Host: Spring Festival in Tokyo Executive Committee


Festival d’Avignon (2017)Shizuoka Performing Arts Center ANTIGONE directed by Satoshi Miyagi
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Mt. Fuji World Theatre Festival Shizuoka, featuring SPAC/MIYAGI Satoshi
2 - 5 May 2020 (tentative)

The world active theatre company, Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC), will present its masterpiece “Antigone” directed by Satoshi Miyagi, building the special outdoor stage at Sumpu Castle Park which is located in the center of Shizuoka City. This acclaimed production had its premiere at the Festival d’Avignon in 2017 and was part of the “Japan 2019” programme which has been held in New York City in Spring 2019. In cooperation with World Theatre Festival Shizuoka and Street Theatre Festival “Strange Seed Shizuoka”, Shizuoka welcomes visitors from all over the world as a festival city centred in performing arts.

Venue: Sumpu Castle Park
Host: The Committee of the Open-air Performing Arts Festival under Mt. Fuji