Activities Throughout The Year

The community building in the Echigo-Tsumari region is advancing throughout the year, not just once every three years. Local people, artists, supporters such as Kohebi members and various groups, organisations and individuals engage with diverse activities and constantly project the charm of the region.
Seasonal Programs: The Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter
In addition to approximately 200 permanent artworks, special exhibitions, performances, workshops, events, and festivals coinciding with local rituals are held in different seasons. Guided tours with lunch to enjoy those events and artworks are popular ways to get around.
Echigo-Tsumari Forest School
By inviting participating artists in the ETAT and experts of various fields as lecturers, the Echigo-Tsumari Forest School offers opportunities with participants, from child to adult, to seriously “play” and “learn” through art and sports workshops, agricultural experience, local festivals and visiting artworks.
The abandoned house and closed school projects and local events in villages
Due to a rapid ageing and depopulations as a result of Chuetsu Earthquake, houses which have been the core to the local culture as well as schools which have been the centre of the community have become vacant. The number of abandoned houses and closed schools are on increase. The ETAT aims to maintain the local landscape by transforming these unoccupied buildings into artworks and pass memories and wisdoms of these places to the future.

Picking up morning glory at “The Day After Tomorrow Newsp Paper Cultural Department“(2003)has become regular event of the local village. Nihon University, the artist who made “Shedding House”(2006)not only participate in planning and playing of sports day and local festival of the region but also looking after rice field which had lost owners for long time. There are other local rituals such as summer festivals, harvest festivals and new year ceremony and we have been enjoying to engage with the region involving artists, kohebi members, supporters from locals as well as visitors from elsewhere.
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