Sapporo International Art Festival Returns After More Than 6 Years with the Theme "LAST SNOW" to Open in January 2024

The Sapporo International Art Festival, called SIAF for short, is a triennial art event that showcases the latest art from around the world. Launched in 2014, SIAF went through the cancellation of SIAF2020, and after more than 6 years, it returns in January 2024.


January 20, 2023|Announcement of Participation of Art and Technology Studio ENESS in SIAF2024
November 29, 2022|Announcement of Six Venues for SIAF2024 (News Release[PDF])
June 10, 2022|Announcement of SIAF2024 Theme and Dates (News Release [PDF])
January 25, 2022|Appointment of SIAF2023-24 Director (News Release [PDF])

This art festival focuses on transformation and creation for the future for our planet,society, community, and life.
LAST SNOW is a call for creativity and action for the sake of our future.I look forward to collaborating with everyone.

OGAWA Hideaki
SIAF2024 Director

Director's Message (click to open) 
The theme of Sapporo International Art Festival 2024 is "LAST SNOW".

Humanity lives in the midst of constant crises, with events such as the global pandemic since 2020 and the military conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Technological development is accelerating, resulting in rapidly transforming societies. Furthermore, the effects of global climate change are slowly but surely changing our lives. It is predicted that by the end of the 21st century the meaning of “snow" - which should exist in Sapporo as a matter of course - and the scenery it creates will be different from what they are today.

This art festival focuses on transformation and creation for such a future for our planet, society, community, and life.

What is snow, and how will Sapporo be different 100 years from now? What kind of future can the hybrid of art and science and technology envision? What new ways of thinking, education, innovation, systems, and actions are necessary to live in harmony with the future Earth? What kind of communities will we create, and what kind of future humanity will live there?

LAST SNOW is a call for creativity and action for the sake of our future.

Do we simply wait for the future to arrive and accept it?
Or can we seize this moment as our last chance and begin to create our own future?

The subtheme of the festival is “Where the Future Begins”. The art festival also has a subtheme in the language of the Ainu people, who have built their own culture in the northern lands. Upaste, a term derived from upas meaning “snow”, embodies an original interpretation inspired by the festival’s theme; to start running towards a future with snow, and to recognise each other through snow.

In 2024 the Sapporo International Art Festival will create an "experimental zone" in Sapporo which, through art, provokes questions and inspires actions for the future. We look forward to experiencing “where the future begins" together with you.

OGAWA Hideaki, Sapporo International Art Festival 2024 Director

Outline of SIAF2024

(as of November 29, 2022)


  札幌国際芸術祭2024 (Japanese)
  Sapporo International Art Festival 2024 (English)
  Usa Mosir un Askay utar Sapporo otta Uekarpa 2024 (Ainu)






  はじまりの雪 (Japanese)
  Where the Future Begins (English)
  Upaste (Ainu)

 About Upaste

Upas means “snow” in Ainu.
The word is composed of two parts: “u-” [together] and “pas” [to run]; upas refers to the visual effect of snowflakes swirling together as they fall, as if chasing one another.
The word upaste is a protologism coined for the Sapporo International Art Festival 2024.
By adding the suffix “-te,” the word takes the causative form. The intention is for upaste to intimate snowflakes flying, tumbling, swirling together as one.
Since paste (which has a different etymology than “pas”) can be translated as “to be aware of” or “to recognize,” adding “u-” [together] also intimates mutual recognition and shared understanding.
This snow-derived Ainu word responds and remixes LAST SNOW, the theme of the Sapporo International Art Festival 2024. Hopefully this invented Ainu word can also invite us to run, tumble, and scramble together in synchrony, reaching out for our future while recognizing one another.

The Ainu sub-theme was prepared by Mayunkiki
(SIAF2020 Ainu Culture Coordinator)


  Higashi 1-chome Theater (Formerly Hokkaido Shiki Theater)  
  Sapporo Cultural Art Community Center (SCARTS)
  Sapporo Snow Festival Odori 2-chome Site
  Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
  Moerenuma Park
  Sapporo Art Museum


  Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, February 25, 2024 [37 days]

  *Exhibition period at Sapporo Art Museum December 16, 2023 – March 3, 2024
  *Exhibition period at Sapporo Snow Festival Odori 2-Chome Site to correspond with Sapporo Snow Festival


  OGAWA Hideaki (Co-Director of Ars Electronica Futurelab/Artist)


  Sapporo International Art Festival Executive Committee and City of Sapporo

Think About the Future Through Art

The theme of the festival is "LAST SNOW".
While previous editions of SIAF have mainly introduced the contemporary artworks, SIAF2024 will change. In SIAF2024, we will capture the constant crises such as the global pandemic and the military conflict, and we will think about the future through art, which is organically intertwined with science and technology. We will keep you updated with more information on SIAF2024.