After a year of postponement, the art festival is about to begin!
Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2022, a world-class art festival held once every three years in Tokamachi City and Tsunan Town, Niigata Prefecture, will open on April 29 (Friday, national holiday). This year’s festival will be the longest to date, lasting 145 days.
The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is one of the world’s largest international art festivals and a precursor to the regional art festivals that have been held throughout Japan in recent years. During the festival period, the Echigo-Tsumari region, including Tokamachi City and Tsunan Town, will be the stage for artworks created by artists from around the world to be exhibited, as well as various performances and events.
The festival started in 2000 and has been held every three years since then. Last year, the eighth edition of the festival was postponed due to the Corona disaster, and it will be held again this year. The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale has been held for about 50 days in the summer, but this year it will be held for 145 days, the longest in its history, and will run until November.
手をたずさえる塔 イリヤ＆エミリア・カバコフ （旧ソビエト連邦／アメリカ）
Photo by Nakamura Osamu
This year’s exhibition will feature 333 works, including 210 previously exhibited works and 123 new or newly developed works. There are 263 participating artists from 38 countries and regions. Many of the works and facilities have specific exhibition dates. For more detailed information about the works, their opening dates and exhibition locations, please refer to the official website or the “Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2022” Official Guidebook, which will be on sale on Monday, April 25.
Sales of artwork passports, which allow visitors to view each artwork, have already begun. The passport allows visitors to enjoy a stamp rally and tour around the satoyama with the artworks as landmarks, and comes with various discount coupons for hot springs, lodging, dining facilities, and events. The passport is sold at various facilities in the Echigo-Tsumari region, including the Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art MonET, Matsudai Nohbutai, Tokamachi City Tourist Information Center, Matsudai and Matsunoyama Onsen Tourist Information Center, Tsunan Tourism Association, etc. It is also sold online at the official website and at various convenience stores. Early bird discount is available until Friday, July 29.
Tunnel of Light マ・ヤンソン／MADアーキテクツ（中国）
Photo by Nakamura Osamu
Photo by Kioku Keizo
At this year’s Art Festival, temperature check spots will be set up throughout the community, and at the beginning of each visiting day, after taking your temperature, checking your physical condition, and confirming that you are wearing a mask, you will be given a wristband necessary for viewing the artwork. In order to view the artworks, visitors must stop by the temperature checkpoints and take all possible measures against infectious diseases.
For all the detailed information, please check the official website of “Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2022“.
Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2022
■Dates: April 29 (Fri) – November 13 (Sun), 145 days in total
■Opening hours: *Some artworks and facilities are subject to exceptions.
Apr. 29-Sept. 30: 10:00-18:00 at the base facility, 10:00-17:00 for regular artworks
10/1～11/13 10:00～18:00 at base facilities, 10:00～16:00 for regular works
Check the website for hours of operation of information centers and temperature check spots.
■Passport to view artworks: Regular price: General admission 4,500 yen, high school, college, and university students 3,500 yen, junior high school students and younger free of charge
Early bird discount (until 7/29): General admission: 3,500 yen, high school, college, and university: 2,500 yen