What is SIAF2020?

We decided to cancel the Sapporo International Art Festival 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19 outbreak.

The Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF) is an artistic event held in Sapporo, Japan once every three years, and SIAF2020 will be its third edition. Launched in 2014, this triennial events has previously been held from summer to autumn, but we have decided to hold SIAF2020 in winter to leverage more of the features and appeal of Sapporo-a city with snowy winters. Through SIAF2020, we will continue to promote local creativity through introducing contemporary art and media art while publicizing what the city has to offer across Japan and elsewhere through works that feature not just snow and winter but that also touch upon themes such as culture in the northern region.

Winter Moerenuma Park (Glass Pyramid)
Sapporo TV Tower square in winter


Title Sapporo International Art Festival 2020
Usa Mosir un Askay utar Sapporo otta Uekarpa
Theme Of Roots and Clouds
Dates Saturday, December 19, 2020 - Sunday, February 14, 2021 <58 days>
Directors Curatorial Director of Contemporary Art and Director in Chief
Taro Amano
Curatorial Director of Media Art
Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka
Director of Communication Design
Kanoko Tamura
Curatorial Advisors Satoshi Katono
Joasia Krysa
Machiko Kusahara
Jung-Yeon Ma
Emi Nakamura
Anna Olszewska
Curators Sapporo Art Park
Kohei Sato
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art & Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art, Hokkaido
Seiji Nakamura
Moerenuma Park
Kazumi Miyai
Art Mediation
Magdalena Kreis
SIAF2020 Ainu Culture Coordinator Mayunkiki
Graphic Designer Wabisabi
Advisory Board Violetta Kutlubasis-Krajewska
Anthony Shelton
Hiroshi Yoshioka
Main Venues Sapporo Art Park
Sapporo Community Plaza
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art, Hokkaido
Sapporo Odori 500-m Underground Walkway Gallery
Shiryokan (Former Sapporo Court of Appeals)
Moerenuma Park
Hongo Shin Memorial Museum of Sculpture, Sapporo

Tentative Schedule

September 2018 Director Team Announced Press Release
April 2019 Announcement of the Director of Communication Design Press Release
July 2019 Announcement of the outline of SIAF2020 (e.g., theme, period and benues) Press Release
February 2020 Announcing the initial lineup for SIAF2020 Press Release
July 2020 SIAF2020 Cancelled Press Release