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The Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF) is a triennial international art festival held in Sapporo. SIAF 2017 will be held in the summer of 2017, and its preparations are already underway.

The Creative City Sapporo International Art Festival Executive Committee is pleased to announce that the musician Otomo Yoshihide has been appointed the guest director for SIAF2017.

The detailed information is on the press release below.
Press release: Guest Director Announcement (PDF) 2015/10/1

Message from the guest director

Maybe everyone was a little surprised by the news that I’d been asked to serve as the guest director for the SIAF in 2017, but no one was more surprised than me. But, I’ve decided to take this on faith, as I believe this is a strong message from Sapporo that I should help to realize the art festival to become something that exceeds the imagination. I am so honored to work with Sapporo city, because it’s a place with which I’ve had a special relationship from the beginning of my career, and you can be sure that I’ll put my full effort into achieving this special duty.

After the Great East Japan Earthquake, I’ve been involved with a lot of different activities, and I’ve found myself with this strong conviction to the idea that self-expression should not belong only to the professionals. Of course, there are things that can only be achieved by those experts in their fields. But likewise, there is a whole world of potential which often gets overlooked by the pros, and this is true with all creative pursuits, not just with art or music, although certainly it is true for those too. My goal is to open the way for both paths, to cross roads which might not otherwise intersect, and blur the boundaries of our halation, and generate new ideas, because it might give us something new which we have never even seen or heard of before.

Whether we are professionals or not, everyone should listen in and open their eyes to create something wholly new to share. I want the Sapporo Art Festival to be that one-of-a-kind festival that can exist nowhere else, but in Sapporo.

In Hanoi, Vietnam September 28th, 2015
Otomo Yoshihide


Photo:Sato Rui

Website of SIAF2014

Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 (SIAF2014)