Kyoto Experiment, which aspires to be a place for experiments in creativity and exchange between artists and audiences, is formed by many people working together on these endeavors. The volunteers who run the festival venues on the days of the events. The specialist staff and interns who do all the preparation for the performances. The partners whose own creative activities vitalize the arts scene in the city. The corporate and individual supporters who offer sponsorship and donations. These are the people who help make Kyoto Experiment.
Aimed at people interested in theater, dance, music, and contemporary art as well as those who want to experience running an arts event or to help provide a hospitable welcome for artists and audiences from Japan and overseas, the activities of the festival’s volunteers offer opportunities to come into closer contact and become more familiar with the performing arts.
Kyoto Experiment offers two types of internship programs that aim to develop the next generation of talent for the performing arts industry.
Festival Management Team Internships
This internship is aimed at people aspiring to work in the performing arts as a future career as well as those interested in arts festival management and the relationship between society and art, and who hope to further their research through direct experience in the field. It is a long-term, practical training program held over the course of around six months, during which participants are involved comprehensively with the running of the festival, from the preparation through to the end of the events. Alongside training at the management office, interns are divided into three streams (office management/administration, PR and publicity, stage technicians) to acquire specialist and practical skills.
Suitable for people concretely considering their future careers, those who want to enhance their language abilities and other skills, and those seeking to deepen their knowledge and experience about the performing arts, this internship forms the first door for entering the working environment of an international performing arts festival. Taking place from immediately prior to and during the festival, it is a short-term, concentrated internship where participants work as members of the team on site under the supervision of specialist staff.
Fringe: More Experiments
Fringe: More Experiments is a series of events happening around Kyoto simultaneously with the main festival. It presents thirty performances and events from across a wide range of styles and disciplines, including theater, dance, music, butoh, readings, mime, exhibitions, and contemporary circus.