Sapporo International Art Festival 2020 Announcement of Outline

SIAF2020 to open in December 2020 with the theme “Of Roots and Clouds”

Dates: Saturday, December 19, 2020–Sunday, February 14, 2021 <58 days>


Photo by Noriko Takuma


Beginning with the 2020 installment, SIAF is shifting from having one guest director to having a team of three directors with different areas of expertise. Our hope is that this structure will allow the festival to make new strides, building on the theme and concept developed by the directors.

The theme of the third Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF), scheduled for the winter of 2020, is “Of Roots and Clouds.”

Along with this theme, snowswept Sapporo will become the stage for works and program of contemporary art and media art that resonate with the city’s characteristic climate and the cultures of the northern region at large.

Also as an art festival based in Hokkaido, SIAF has always cherished the culture and creativity of the Ainu people. As a mark of our profound respect for all the experiences and knowledge that they have inherited, and our wish to work together with them toward a brighter future, the title and theme of SIAF2020 will be shown in Ainu (sinrit means “roots,” and niskur means “clouds”) alongside Japanese and English.

We hope you look forward to SIAF2020, a festival that will combine this city’s allures with art and culture.

Title: Sapporo International Art Festival 2020

Usa Mosir un Askay utar Sapporo otta Uekarpa (Ainu *1)

Theme: Of Roots and Clouds
Sinrit/Niskur (Ainu)

*1 Ainu language is the native language of the Ainu people, an indigenous people who have inhabited parts of northern Japan, in particular Hokkaido. At SIAF2020, we will be showing the festival's title and theme in Ainu (sinrit means “roots," and niskur means "clouds") alongside Japanese and English.

You can read the full press release here:[PDF/11MB]