Sanriku International Art Festival

Japan Sanriku coastal region,which was hard-hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11,2011,is a unique treasuretrove of folk performing arts(Geinoh).There is no place quite like the Sanriku area in this regard. In its four prefectures of Aomori,Iwate,Miyagi,Fukushima alone,it is estimated that there are more than 3,000 folk performing arts groupes.
The core objective of the Sanriku International Arts Festival,held every yaer since 2014,is to promote the appeal of Geinoh.These arts have been passed down for generations and having taken root among the people,are actively performed in the region.Many groups and individuals participated in the festival’s programs,which included exchange through Geinoh with various Asian countries and the hybridization of Geinoh with contemporary arts.
In 2018,the Sanriku International Arts Committee was formed consisting of local governments and organizations based mostly in Sanriku.The Committee has been working to make the Festival more deeply rooted in each region and to strengthen partnerships among multiple regions.
The committee woks toward a creative recovery from the earthquake disaster through arts and culture and through exchanges among diverse cultures,connecting Sanriku’s Geinoh with the world in the framework of an international arts festival.