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 – 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)