Circus (AAC) 2019
Open Call for Artists/Performers
1. AAC OBJECTIVE
Awaji Island, located in Hyogo Prefecture, is
considered to be the Island of Japan’s Origin and is known for its beautiful
natural surroundings and tasty food. However, in recent years, the island faces
serious issues such as population outflow as well as decreasing birthrate and
1. Based in Awaji Island, AAC has three distinct
One is to
bring about increase in population flow and local economic consumption
leading to regional vitalization whilst utilizing local resources.
The other is
to let the world know the appeals of Awaji Island and more broadly
Japan. AAC aims to become a new local tourism attraction and attract people
from within and outside of Awaji Island.
Last but not
least, to develop art and culture on Awaji Island and to create a
chance for Japanese people to get to know international art of different genres.
2．We ask all
of you, talented
international artists from around the world to:
Awaji Island and entertain visitors with your performance at various locations on the island; as well
and enjoy the appeals of Awaji Island and be the messenger as you spread the
word about the island through SNS etc.
AAC we aim to give opportunities for artists around the world to:
1) express themselves as street performers: carry yourself equipment and props, prepare
yourself performance place, perform - do your favorite job and receive fixed
payment, not only busking (!!!).
2) get to know Japan, gain new experience at a
new place and interact with artists of various genres, as well as to
contribute to fostering personnel in the field of art.
2. RECRUITMENT DETAILS
1. Recruiting number of artists
Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
September 18 (Wed)～October 29
*You should arrive in Kansai
International Airport before or on Sep 18.
Participants have to:
the main venues, different events inside and outside Awaji Island, hotels,
workdays a week.
frequency. As a
standard, performance frequency will be around two/three times a day.
Exceptions may be allowed upon consideration by the organizer of AAC
(hereinafter referred to as the Organizer).
on the event, the Organizer will ask you to prepare different durations of
performance: 2 minutes, 4 minutes and 15/20/30 minutes*
* depends on the genre of your performance
Circus tricky genres, for example:
circus disciplines: clowning, object manipulation, etc., music, dance
performances, theatrical acts
example: live statue, stilts, etc.
information in social media. You will create posts and share information in social media
(Facebook, Instagram, blog etc.) about Awaji Island and Festival based on your
experience daily. Sometimes the Organizer will provide you the information you
have to use in the posts or ask to share some posts.
in Grand Performance at Closing Ceremony which includes collaboration with
local school, and in all related meetings and rehearsals.
Participants will lead a workshop of their discipline for local people
in the meetings held by the Organizer.
AAC 2019 OVERVIEW
Arrive by: September 18 (Wed), 2019
Orientation: September 19 (Thurs), 2019
Performance period: September 21 (Sat)～October 27 (Sun), 2019
Discussion and preparation for departure: October
28 (Mon), 2019
● Public locations on Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The feature of performance venues can be best
described as ‘unusual spot’. The venues include park, café, tourism
facility, square, foyer, roadside, cultural facility, school etc.
● Performance venue for each artist changes
● Most are in the open air and have only
space to perform and no equipped stage and no well-equipped changing rooms.
● The floor varies from venue to venue (lawn,
wood deck, concrete, asphalt etc.).
Artist shall adjust his/her performance to
suit any venue.
between accommodation and performance venues will be via AAC bus or cars. Time on the road varies from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
4. SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE ORGANIZER
1) Prize Money for Contest Winners: Winner
artist will get 1 million JPY, runner-up
will get 500,000
runner-up will get 300,000
JPY. (The contest will be held in 3 stages – at
the Opening Ceremony, at a special event during the festival, and at the
Closing Ceremony. Both votes of the Special Jury and the audience will be
2) Performance fee: 100,000 JPY for the whole period (the sum will be divided and paid
in cash in JPY at the beginning and at the end of the period). This is the sum
per person in case of a group.
3) Busking opportunity (except some venues and events which will be
announced by the Organizer)
4) Transportation cost. We will cover your two-way economy class air
ticket from your nearest airport to Kansai International Airport. Artist is expected to book
and buy the airline tickets by himself/herself. The Organizer will
reimburse travelling costs and pay in cash in JPY (the rate will be calculated
on the day of payment) at the beginning of the Festival, based on the airline
ticket information and boarding pass provided by the Artist.
5) Meals: Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the
Organizer. In addition, all artists will be given 500 JPY/per day in cash as Lunch costs.
6) Accommodation. Rooms for 3-4 people
7) Support staff
8) Traveler’s insurance
ELSE WILL YOU GET?
You will be able to:
l Explore and develop a Healthy Competitive
l Stay for 6 weeks right in the heart of Awaji
Island`s nature, enjoying its incredible environment with breathtaking
l Get to know all the magic of Japan from
delicious traditional Japanese meals and traditional Japanese style
l Go on free tours around Awaji Island, visiting its key touristic venues,
including the historical and meaningful Izanagi Shrine, the magnificent
Honpukuji Water Temple designed by architect Tadao Ando, the marvelous Naruto
whirlpools and beautiful views from the roof of Wakodo-no Hiroba.
l Participate in free cultural workshops (Japanese drums, fukimodoshi (party horn)
making, Japanese paper making, incense making and Awaji puppets).
l Enjoy interacting with local people. They will capture your hearts immediately,
both adults and children.
l Take part in a grand creation process with
local students and other AAC artists, and the resulting performance will be
presented at the Closing Ceremony as a Grand Collaborative Performance. This
will be the 3rd step of our contest mentioned in 4 1).
l Visit and perform in other regions of Japan, such as Tohoku, Okayama and more!!
Be a part of
this incredible art journey that will surprise you every single day with its
6. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION.
you must meet all the
artists of all performing arts genres such as: street performance,
bodily expression, musical instrument performance, singing, live painting,
dance, different circus disciplines (except
all aerials acts, work with Chinese pole, tightrope walking, teeterboard, work with fire,
performances which require perfectly flat surface) etc. Artists who are willing to break the
barriers of existing genres as well as artists with interactive performance are
*Please note that high-end
sound/lighting equipment cannot be provided.
Open to all
artists over 18 years old.
Groups (participating member shall be three maximum) and individuals are
can adjust their performance to suit any performance venue.
can provide high quality of performance regardless of the number of audiences.
*Awaji Island has few visitors
offensive to public order and morals, dangerous performance, performance with
acts which cause inconvenience to a third party, performance which is unjustly
cruel to animals, performance which uses motorcycle, performance which may be
partial to certain religion/belief and performance with political assertion
are not eligible.
are willing to write about Awaji Island as well as their everyday
experience and performance on Facebook, Instagram, personal blog, etc.
are interested in Japan, Japanese culture and livelihood etc.
are keen to participate in sightseeing tours, cultural experience programs
etc. planned by the Organizer. *The Organizer will cover expenses for participation.
are interested in regional vitalization, local economic development etc.
who can proactively communicate with other artists, local residents and
can communicate in English.
years performers are welcome to apply on a regular basis.
not defined in the Open Call shall be decided by the Organizer upon
consultation with artists.
If you meet
all aforementioned criteria and ready to contribute your energy to Awaji Island
we are waiting for your application!!
7. ONLINE APPLICATION
please fill in this Online Google form (don’t forget to upload your performance
photos and mention the link with the video of your performance).
8. APPLICATION DEADLINE
must arrive by 11 PM (Japan Standard Time) on May 6 (Mon),
note applications will not be accepted after the deadline under any
9. SELECTION PROCESS
1. First screening: Application material screening
・Deadline for application submission is 11
PM (Japan Standard Time) on May 6 (Mon), 2019.
・Successful applicants who will proceed to the
Second Screening will be announced on May 31 (Fri) 2019 by mail.
Organizer will go through application materials and decide on successful
applicants of the First screening.
2. Second screening: Online interview
・Scheduled dates are June 10 (Mon) – June 14
passed First screening have to send us the following documents before Second
screening (every member in case of a group):
1) Copy of
valid passport (copy of the first page with your picture and personal info and
previous Japanese visas if any);
Resume in English (with education, valid work history and links to your accounts in social media as
proving awards and achievements if you have (copy and translation into English
- translation doesn’t have to be certified);
・The Organizer will conduct the interview and
decide participating artists of AAC 2019 upon consideration of the First and
Successful applicants will be announced on June 21 (Fri)
10. SELECTION CRITERIA
1. The originality,
professionalism, sense of showmanship and suitability of the
performance, given the Japanese audience (including children) and the Awaji
Island environment. The performance video should be taken outside and shouldn’t
be too edited to understand its contents.
2. The transportability of
the performance and its adaptability to a range of locations and
3. The motivation of the artists to participate in the
Festival and their level of understanding of our goals and missions.
4. The communicative skills and flexibility of the members.
Certificate of Eligibility required for
obtaining visa will be issued by the Organizer and mailed to the artist, and in
turn the artist shall go through the visa acquisition process at the embassy of
his/her own country. Visa issuance fee shall be borne by the artist. Issuance
expense for Certificate of Eligibility in Japan will be borne by the Organizer.
is an island with low population, and despite bus being the only means of
public transportation, bus route as well as number of buses are limited. It
takes 30 minutes to two hours even by bus to move between locations on the
island. Transportation cost is minimum 1,500 yen one way to get out of Awaji
Island. Places within walkable distance are limited
(30 minutes-walk from accommodation to local supermarket). Dining out costs around 500 yen to 1,000 yen,
and weekly grocery shopping costs around 5,000
yen. Fruits and vegetables are expensive (150
yen for an apple or tomato). Not much variety of dairy products.
13. CONTACT INFORMATION
Circus Executive Committee
E-mail: [email protected]