Kyoto Experiment has established itself as a major part of our city’s vibrant arts and culture calendar. While the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact our lives, I am delighted that Kyoto Experiment can take place again.
I would like to express my deep gratitude to the members of the executive committee, not least the chair, Fumio Amano, and everyone else involved in organizing the festival.
Culture and the arts enrich people’s minds and are truly indispensable in these times of uncertainty ushered in by the coronavirus. This edition of Kyoto Experiment welcomes three new program directors and aspires to be a festival that creates collaboratively with audiences. Please look forward to their novel endeavors that will open up fresh possibilities for the performing arts that go beyond existing forms of expression.
Kyoto has launched robust initiatives for supporting the arts and culture with the aim of preventing the spread of the coronavirus while sustaining cultural and economic activities. Even though the coronavirus still casts a shadow upon our lives, we will continue to ensure that culture and the arts shine brightly, such as by holding this festival. I hope for your understanding and support in these efforts.
In closing, I would like to convey my wish that the festival proves rewarding for all its audiences and participants.
Daisaku Kadokawa, Mayor of Kyoto