KYOTO – a city of over 1,200 years of histories and traditions, whose intellect and sensibility are nurtured by the city’s inherited art and culture

KYOTO STEAM – International Arts x Science Festival is a novel form of international art and culture event, which benefits from Kyoto’s cultural heritage and resources.
Embodying the philosophy of KYOTO CULTIVATES PROJECT, KYOTO STEAM aims to explore new possibilities of culture through the collaboration of arts and science and technology.



After the industrial revolution, the human progress is confronting a number of challenges, including the survival-threatening global warming and devastating natural disasters, and the peace-damaging religious conflicts and terrorism. Moreover, the hope of realizing human happiness through the progress of civilization is now clouded by the risk brought by the development of IT technology. This deepens our nervousness towards the future.
Kyoto, despite endless natural disasters and numerous battles throughout its history, preserves its rich culture passed down from the ancient time. The soil of Kyoto contains the possibilities of a harmonious coexistence between nature and mankind, as well as a tolerant attitude towards religious difference. KYOTO CULTIVATES PROJECT focuses on the cultivation of what Kyoto possesses now and their origins, through which a new future of our world may be proposed by Kyoto and Japan.

About the Logo

The motif of this logo is a “Noren” (store curtain), which symbolizes an entrance to a world and an interface to connect with different worlds. As seen in the expression “Preserve the Noren”, it is a symbol of an identity. This logo expresses that “KYOTO STEAM – International Arts × Science Festival” is an entrance to a world, and is located between different worlds.


About the Logo Type

STEAM is a coined term to express Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, which are essential for the innovation of education and industries from now on. “A” in the logo type is expressed in a larger font than the others, which means that S-T-E-M will be utilized and developed through Art. The “A” which fluctuates and exists with movement means it flexibly connects all the areas. The overlapped “A” represents there is a new possibility through Art in a virtual world.

KYOTO STEAM - International Arts × Science Festival


KYOTO STEAM – International Arts×Science Festival – Prologue
Kyoto City, mainly in Okazaki Area
(ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Kyoto City Zoo,
UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo), and more

Executive Committee of KYOTO STEAM – International Arts×Science Festival

Chairman of the Council
Daisaku Kadokawa (Mayor of Kyoto)
Kozo Shioe (Director, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art)
Makoto Nagao (Director, Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promotion Foundation)
Kiyokazu Washida (President, Kyoto City University of Arts)
Kozo Hiratake (Kyoto City, Culture and Art Policy Officer)
Chief Director
Hide Nakaya (Former NHK Senior Commentator in charge of Arts and culture/digital-related matters) (Kyoto University Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, Specially Appointed Professor)

Participating organizations

  • 京都市
  • 京都市立芸術大学
  • 京都市美術館
  • 京都市動物園
  • 公益財団法人京都市芸術文化協会
  • 公益財団法人京都市音楽芸術文化振興財団
  • 公益財団法人京都高度技術研究所
  • 京都商工会議所
  • 京都経済同友会
  • 日本放送協会京都放送局
  • 京都新聞社
  • 京都岡崎 蔦屋書店

Cooperating organizations

  • 公益財団法人片山家能楽・京舞保存財団
  • 京都大学高等研究院
  • 京都大学野生動物研究センター

Special partner

  • 京セラ
  • ROHM


  • 白竹堂
  • 京とうふ藤野
  • 京都銀行
  • 京都信用金庫
  • 京都中央信用金庫
  • グランマーブル
  • 月桂冠
  • 江寿
  • ジェイアール京都伊勢丹
  • 滋賀銀行
  • ジュヴァンセル
  • 大丸
  • 髙島屋
  • 宝酒造
  • 淡交社
  • 藤井大丸
  • 丸久小山園
  • 緑寿庵清水

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