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Music Program TOKYO Workshop Workshop! Convivial Project Tokyo Bunka Kaikan 60th Anniversary Forum
"Towards more accessible cultural institutions—community, diversity, and COVID"

The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which began in February 2020, has affected our way of lifestyles and our values in many ways. It has forced many venues and arts organizations to suspend their activities, and it has also forced us to change our way of creating and experiencing the arts.
What have we, as cultural institutions and arts organizations, learned and gained in a time of COVID?

In this virtual forum, we will take a look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cultural institutions and arts organizations, focusing on examples from Europe, and consider the social mission of arts and culture that emerged during the pandemic.

Date Fri, Jan 28, 2022
Japan 18:00-20:30 (UTC+9)
U.K., Portugal 9:00-11:30 (UTC+0)
Central Europe 10:00-12:30 (UTC+1)
Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore 17:00-19:30 (UTC+8)
New York 4:00-6:30 (UTC-5)


Online (Zoom Webinar)

Genre TBK productions Other

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan


In 2021, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan commemorated its 60th anniversary.

Over the past seven years, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan has actively collaborated with cultural institutions and arts organizations in Japan and abroad to develop and implement a wide range of education and outreach programs, such as the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Music Workshop.

Drawing on our experience and network, we have launched this virtual forum to discuss the role and diversity of cultural institutions in the age of the 100-year life. Joined by arts organizations from around the world, we will reflect on the experiences of the coronavirus pandemic and ask why culture and the arts should be accessible to all, and why cultural institutions and arts organizations should remain more inclusive and open.


1. Opening

2. Keynote Speech

“Trends and future of the European cultural sector in a time of COVID”

Barbara GESSLER (Head of unit at Creative Europe, European Commission, European Union)

3. Case Study

“Connecting to the Arts in a Time of COVID”

Jillian BARKER (Director of Learning and Participation, the Royal Opera House)

4. Open Discussion “What we lost and gained over the COVID-19 pandemic—Future visions of arts institutions”

Panelists: Jorge PRENDAS (Head of Education, Casa da Música)

KAJI Naoko (Director of Planning and Production Division, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan) and more

Moderator: YUASA Manami (Regional Arts Director, East Asia, British Council)

5. Closing


Forum Report

Japanese (PDF)

English (PDF)


Prices (tax included)

Free Participation (The forum is conducted in English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretations in both languages.)

Maximum number of participants

approx. 500 (Advance registration required on a first-come, first-served basis)

Registration Period

Tue, Dec 14, 2021–Tue, Jan 25, 2022

* First-come, first-served basis. The registration will be closed once the registration number reaches the limit.


Application Form (The form is only in Japanese.) The application has been closed since the number has reached the limit.


[Please note]

⁃ The registrations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis and will be closed when the registration number reaches the limit. The seats, however, will again become available in case of cancellations or other reasons. Please note that we do not offer wait list for the cancellation.

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⁃ The registrations are accepted only for the participation of registrants themselves.

⁃ Prerequisites for joining this Zoom webinar: Zoom desktop client or mobile app. (You can join this webinar in a web browser; however, the Zoom web client has limited features.)

Other Information

* Photography and video recording will occur during the session for our reports, publicity materials, and other communication tools including SNS.
* The program is subject to change under certain circumstances.


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Production Section +81-3-3828-2111

Organizers & Supporters

Organizers: Tokyo Metropolitan Government/Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Arts Council Tokyo

Cooperation: British Council/RESEO European Network for Opera, Music and Dance Education

Sponsors & Grantors

Supported by: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan