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Talk: What Does the Director of a Performing Arts Festival Do?

Talk event

10.6, 2019

What kind of person should the director of a performing arts festival be? How relevant are know-how, experience, ability, responsibility, personality, and drive? And does this change depending on the region or era? Looking back over the past ten years of Kyoto Experiment, this talk considers the future of the festival director.

Christophe Slagmuylder (General and Artistic Director, Wiener Festwochen)
Yusuke Hashimoto (Program Director, Kyoto Experiment)


October 6th (Sun)16:30-18:00


Lobby, 3F Park Plaza, ROHM Theatre Kyoto 13 Okazakisaishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
※10 minutes’ walk from Higashiyama Station (Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line).

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Free (reservation required*)


Japanese, English (with consecutive Japanese interpretation)


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Kyoto Experiment


Christophe Slagmuylder

Christophe Slagmuylder (b. 1967 in Brussels) graduated in Art History (contemporary art) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He started his career as a teacher of visual theory at La Cambre, the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels (ENSAV) in Brussels. From 2007-2018, Slagmuylder was General and Artistic Director of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts and since 2019 he has been Artistic Director of Wiener Festwochen. He's been awarded with the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic. In October 2018, he received the prestigious Prix de la Critique together with Kunstenfestivaldesarts' former artistic director Frie Leysen.


Yusuke Hashimoto

Born in 1976 in Fukuoka. He began theatre activities in 1997 while studying at Kyoto University. After establishing the Hashimoto Performing Arts Production Office in 2003, he has been active as a producer of contemporary theatre and dance performances and also worked on the Contemporary Theater Program for Kyoto Art Center. After founding Kyoto Experiment, Kyoto’s first international performing arts festival, in 2010, he has been the program director of the festival ever since. Since 2013, he has been the director of the Open Network for Performing Arts Management (ON-PAM). Since January 2014, he has been the program director of ROHM Theatre Kyoto.