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Plans and Ideas for the Cancelled Exhibition of Sapporo International Art Festival 2020

The Sapporo International Art Festival is pleased to announce the launch of our new project “Sapporo International Art Festival 2020 Plans and Ideas?We will bring the cancelled exhibition SIAF2020 to you by any means possible” that will run for 58 days, starting from December 19, 2020 to February 14, 2021.
The SIAF2020 exhibition with the theme Of Roots and Clouds, originally scheduled to be held in Sapporo during these dates, was cancelled due to the continuing global spread of COVID-19. Upon cancellation, we launched a new project to share through various media the detailed plans developed for SIAF2020 over the course of two years, including ideas for the artwork provided by the participating artists.

Message from the Chairperson of the Sapporo International Art Festival Executive Committee

December 19, 2020

As preparations for the Sapporo International Art Festival 2020 (SIAF2020) gathered momentum under the theme Of Roots and Clouds, the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world, forcing a myriad of events scheduled at home and abroad to be postponed, cancelled or scaled down. Given the situation, and with the impacts of the pandemic in mind, the SIAF Executive Committee in July made a tough call to cancel SIAF2020.

The pandemic remains unabated today. With stay-at-home advisories and restriction on the holding of events, there are fewer opportunities to experience art and culture, which enrich our minds. Even in such circumstances, SIAF Executive Committee members never ceased discussing what we could do and decided to bring the cancelled SIAF2020 to you by any means possible. The SIAF2020 Plans & Ideas will be presented for the 58 days of the cancelled event period from December 19, 2020, to February 14, 2021.

For more than two years until SIAF2020’s cancellation was decided upon, the artists, directors, curators and staff worked tirelessly, all hands on deck, to polish programs, artwork ideas and other details of the event to ensure the successful organization of a winter art festival that showcases attractive works of contemporary art and media art amid a flurry of snow in Sapporo. I hope you will truly enjoy the SIAF2020 Plans & Ideas, where programs and artwork ideas are presented in a variety of ways.

I look forward to your continued support as we take a new step toward the next edition of SIAF.

Katsuhiro Akimoto
Chairperson of the Sapporo International Art Festival Executive Committee
Mayor of Sapporo