Theme SIAF2024: LAST SNOW – Announcements


From January 20 to February 25, 2024

Sapporo International Art Festival

Sapporo Tokeidai building. 10F

Kita 1-jo Nishi 2-chome, Chuo-ku


Sapporo 060-0001

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The Sapporo International Festival of Art Executive Committee, chaired by Mayor of Sapporo, Akimoto Katsuhiro, and Director Ogawa Hideaki, are pleased to announce the theme for the 2024 Sapporo International Festival of Art (SIAF2024), scheduled for winter 2023/2024. This theme is LAST SNOW. By posing this theme as a question for all of us, director Ogawa calls for future-oriented creation and action.

In addition to the theme, the Committee announced the sub-themes and period of SIAF2024, as well as the open program and ongoing programs scheduled for fiscal 2022. These programs and SIAF2024, the last of which will begin in January 2024, are expected to be truly something to behold.

Director’s statement
The theme of SIAF2024 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, leading to rapid transformation of societies. Additionally, 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 naturally exist in Sapporo – and the landscape it creates will be different from what they are today.

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

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

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

Do we just wait for the future to come and accept it? Or can we seize this moment as our last chance and start creating our own future?

The sub-theme of the festival is “Where the Future Begins”. The art festival also has a sub-theme in the language of the Ainu people, who built their own culture in the northern lands. Upasteterm derived from upas meaning “snow”, embodies an original interpretation inspired by the theme of the festival; start running towards a future with snow, and recognize yourself through the snow.

In 2024, the Sapporo International Art Festival will create an “Experimental Zone” in Sapporo that, through art, raises questions and inspires action for the future. We look forward to discovering “where the future begins” with you.

Ogawa Hideaki, Director of SIAF2024

Preview of the 2024 Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF2024)
Sub-themes: Where the Future Begins/Upaste (Ainu language)
Dates: from Saturday January 20 to Sunday February 25, 2024 (37 days)
A pre-opening period is envisaged for certain sites.
Director: Ogawa Hideaki (Co-director of Ars Electronica Futurelab/Artist)
Organizers: Executive Committee of the Sapporo International Art Festival and City of Sapporo

To read the full press release, visit our website.

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