Flags Across Borders
Call for the Festival FUKUSHIMA!
Synchronized Worldwide Events
by Otomo Yoshihide
Think about our future with
“FUKUSHIMA!” as a keyword - why don’t you hold such a festival with your own hands?
We will host “Festival FUKUSHIMA!” which was held last
August, this year again, during a 12-day-period from
August 15 (Wed) to 26 (Sun). During this period, we will hold a variety of large and small festivals around
Fukushima Prefecture, and at the same time, we are
hoping to have synchronized festivals that you will
create with your own originality in various places
regardless of prefectural or national borders.
The planned event period is from August 15 to 26 but
you can also hold an event before or after this period.
Although it is called a festival, it is not necessary to be a big event. Any event, large or small, is OK. For example, having a small party with some friends, holding a small
concert by like-minded people, having an event at a club,
having a study workshop or discussions with friends
focusing on radiation which is sometimes difficult to talk
in our daily life, renting a small gallery to have an
exhibition, parading in the street playing music with
some people, holding a rock festival, streaming your
original program over the Internet, etc. Your event can
be hold at any time during the period of August 15 to
26. Why not hold a “Festival FUKUSHIMA!” event of your
Succeeding the last year’s theme of “The Future Is In Our
Hands”, a new theme which will be added this year is
how to build our future by overcoming various
differences in opinions, divisions and oblivion.
We will carefully clean and decontaminate the approx.
6000㎡- “Fukushima Gigantic Furoshiki
(wrapping cloth)” which was laid at the “Village of
Four Seasons”, a main venue of last year’s festival, and
then cut it to make thousands of flags. You can also
make your own flags. Any flag is OK. Same flags
cannot be made naturally. The finished flags are all
different. These flags will be hoisted in Fukushima,
then, spread around festival venues all over the world
where various events will be held with “FUKUSHIMA!”
as a keyword. This is our image of the Festival.
The title is “Flags Across Borders”. We hope that
handmade flags which are different in sizes, designs
and colors will be bridges to connect with many people
in diversified positions loosely.
If you want to join the Synchronized Events, please fill
out the entreey form on our official website and contact
us. If you let us know the details of a festival by the end
of May, they will be included in the official brochure to
be released in July. After that, we will keep updating
festival information to be held in various places on the
Entry for the Festival FUKUSHIMA! Synchronized