Kanaya, Chiba, Japan
This is an art festival in Kanaya, with an abundance of natural resources that still exist.
When you arrive at the station, you can immediately see long, high cliff mountains.
If you walk down the small town, you will face the horizon and the sunset.
We ran this festival with various colleagues who live inside and outside the city, respectively.
There were 3 stages: ocean area, mountain stage and a deck of a ferry (ferry lounge).
We already held this festival twice.
Japanese festivals were originally for encouraging local communities and praying for an abundant harvest. The festival provokes motivation from the audiences and creativity at the beautiful site.
vol.1 Mountain Stage
Long ago, this stage used to be a quarry. It is the deepest historical place in the town. Craftsmen have scraped the cliff.
Therefore, the shape looks vertical. This enclosed space is suitable for listening to music because the sounds are reflected from 360 degrees.
vol.1 Ocean area
Around Kanaya Base, artists exhibited and played music. Everyone could see the sunset on the horizon, giving them a special experience. We also made up a campsite in front of the sea.
vol.1 Ferry lounge
Ferries cruised beyond the Tokyo Sea, taking forty minutes to the next prefecture. The Tokyo Sea Ferry Company cooperated with us
to have the festival on the deck. We set up a DJ booth and stages.
This festival only took place on the Mountain stage because it is the most significant historical place in the town
and it is a much nicer location for storytelling to audiences.
To begin with, it was a challenge because there was a great deal of experimentation, in which we tried to integrate the festival to the local community. One attractive point of regional events for audiences is how they can experience the local scene in a unique way. The first festival needed to improve on these points. The second time had a new slogan: “experience of the special sound space”,
this focused on the locations, the mountain, which seemed to make it a more intense experience. They shared the special sound surrounding others in the historical place.
SHARAKUSAI project team Yusuke Nomiyama, Gaku Tomikawa and more.
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