Awaji Art Circus

  • Open Call:Available
  • Grant for travel expenses:Available
  • Grant for production:Available
  • Grant for living costs:Available
  • Support by staff or specialist:Available
  • Studio:Not Available
  • Exhibit Space:Not Available
  • Accommodation:Available
  • Exhibition or Open Studio:Available
  • Publication:Not Available

Focus Area(s):Theater, Music, Performance

Months of Residency:2017/09 - 2017/11

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Months of Application:2017/03 - 2017/04

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Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Theater, Music, Performance

Residency Period / Application Period
● Residency Period: September 28 - November 8, 2017
● Application Period: March 1 - April 30, 2017
Number of Resident Artists
Approx. 20 persons
Conditions / Provisions
● Age limits: Over 18 years old
● Nationalities: Any (Non-Japanese nationality)
● NOT to be a participant of 2015 and 2016 years. (in case of a group, previous AAC participants can’t apply, but we accept application from other group members.
● Ability to put on high-level street performances of any genres.
● Both professionals/amateurs are eligible. Groups (participating member shall be three maximum) and individuals are both welcome.
● Artist who can adjust their performance to suit any performance venue. Artist who can create site-specific performance.
● Ability to communicate in Japanese or English
● Interest in Japan and its culture
● Traveling expense: Available
● Production fee: Available
● Living expense: Available
● Professional and staff support: Available (English)
● Opportunities for presentation/exhibitions: Available
● Publication and distribution of activity report: Available
Application Procedure
Open call
Screening Process
Selection by a project team

Facilities Information

Program Name
Awaji Art Circus
Administrative Organization
Awaji Art Circus Executive Committee
Administrative Body
Awaji Art Circus Executive Committee Office
Facility Name
Manabi no Sato
Facility Address
Manabi no Sato
682 Ei, Awaji city, Hyogo 656-1531 Japan
TEL: 0799-86-0371
Facility Description
● Studios: Not Available
● Exhibit Space: Not Available
● Accommodation: Available (20 rooms, 13㎡)
Surrounding Environment
About Awaji Island
● General Information
・A long island located in Seto Inland Sea, south of Hyogo Prefecture.
・The largest island in Seto Inland Sea and 11th lagest island in Japan. 
・Blessed with warm climate of Seto Inland Sea in all seasons and long daylight hours leading to development of various agriculture.
・Composed of Awaji City, Sumoto City and Minami Awaji City and has a population of about 150,000 people.
● Tourism
・Considered to be the Island of Japan’s Origin according to Kojiki (A Record of Ancient Matters) and Chronicles of Japan, and has multiple myths and shrines.
・Possesses plenty of tourism spots including well-known hot springs.
・Called as 'park island' for its nature and flowers.
・Island with 'whirling wave', one of the largest current in the world, which is created by the collision of Pacific Ocean and current running from Seto Inland Sea.
● Cultural Facilities
Hyogo Prefectural Awaji Cultural Hall, Awaji City Shizuka Hall (sole music-dedicated hall on Awaji Island), Awaji City Sunshine Hall, Awaji Oiso Artyama (Kakuya Oishi Museum of Art-yama), Hyogo Prefectural Awaji Sano Sports Park (Ball Park Awaji), Awaji World Park ONOKORO, HIgashiura Sun Park and Awaji Yumebutai (Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center and Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum).
35 min. by car from Iwaya Port (JR Kobe station→JR Akashi station→Jenova Line Akashi Port→Jenova Line Iwaya Port)
Awaji Art Circus (AAC) is an international performing arts festival held annually since 2015 which is based in Awaji island, considered as the Island of Japan’s Origin.
Awaji Island, located in Hyogo Prefecture, is known for its beautiful natural surroundings and tasty food. However in recent years, the island faces serious issues such as population outflow as well as decreasing birthrate and aging population. This project started to solve such problems with the power of art.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives
Based in Awaji Island, Awaji Art Circus has three distinct missions:
One is to bring about increase in population flow and local economic consumption leading to regional vitalization whilst utilizing local resources.
The other is to let the world know the appeals of Awaji Island and more broadly Japan. AAC aims to become a new local tourism attraction and attract people from within and outside of Awaji Island.
Last but not least, to develop art and culture on Awaji island and to create a chance for Japanese people to get to know international art of different genres.
Program Activities
During the event, artists coming from around the world perform on different locations of Awaji Island. Also they participate in sightseeing tours and cultural programs, learn about culture, history of Awaji Island and express their experience on the Web (blogs and SNS) in their native language. Also the artists research about local resources and incorporate into their performence, giving new value to them.
Performance genres: comtemporary dance, folk dance, vocal performance, street theatre, instrumental performance, etc.
●Awaji Art Circus 2015
11 locations in Awaji City (park, square, tourism facility, restaurant, cafe,culture hall etc...)
・17 artists (consisting of 24 people) from 11 countries around the world
・Countries:Serbia, Israel, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, France, Island, Mongolia, India, Germany and Italy
Performance genre:street theatre, pantomime, street performance, contemporary dance, folk dance, singing, instrument performance
・Japanese Culture Experience: calligraphy, tea ceremony, and overnight stay at a classic Japanese folk house

●Awaji Art Circus 2016
12 locations around Awaji Island(Awaji City, Sumoto City, Minami Awaji City)such as park, square, tourism facility, restaurant, cafe etc...
*Awaji Art Circus proposes a new style of Awaji Island Tourism where tourists visit each location with rarely-seen performance of each international artist as a guide!
・14 artists (consisting of 26 people) from 12 countries around the world
・Countries:Zimbabwe, Finland, Romania, Russia, Belarus, Serbia, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Spain, Germany, France and Australia
Performance genre:street theatre, pantomime, acrobatics, samba, contortion, contemporary dance, folk dance, singing etc...
・Japanese Culture Experience: Awa dance, Japanese traditional dance, Washi-making, tea ceremony, Soba-making, Awaji puppets, Naruto whirlpool, Koto, and party horn
*Artists became "messengers" sharing what they learned with the world and very important "bridges" between Japan and their home countries!
Past Residents
Barbarossa Samba Group, Bête de Cirque, Chloe Chignell, Nirit Rechavi, Renato Ivic, Zvuchi Dochi
Awaji Art Circus Executive Committee Office
924-1 Iwaya, Awaji, Hyogo, 656-2401, Japan
Pasona Group Inc.
Contact Person: Bzhola Elena
Last modified
June 23, 2017