ETAT is the art festival with 20 years history, staged in the vast area of Echigo-Tsumari region in Niigata Prefecture. The 8th iteration of the festival will be held in summer 2021.


Since the beginning of the ETAT in 2000, the festival regards civil engineering works represent the relationship between humans and nature. Terraced rice fields (tanada) and changing river flows (segae) are the fruits of technologies and efforts developed and nurtured by local people in order to live in nature in this region. Artworks created for the festival have been installed and presented in accordance with this thought. ETAT is the art festival that appreciates nature and is conducted under its providence.

The era of globalisation was going to be the time when we address global challenges relating to people, distributions and even infectious disease. ETAT is aspired to be “the art in the earth environmental age” which values region, culture and art in the context of nature.

In this 8th iterration of the festival, we will take further steps to engage with ""community building"", the original agenda of the festival. The hub facilities that operate throughout the year will show new developments under their respective themes. In short, all the unique art premises in Echigo-Tsumari will get active at once.

ETAT, Tokamachi-city and Tsunan-town will operate within the comprehensive COVID-19 safe measures and each village looks forward to welcoming you with their distinctive omotenashi.

SEKIGUCHI Yoshifumi,
Chairman of ETAT Committee
General Director

Artworks: About 300 (including about 100 new works) 
Artists: 278 individual and group artists from 38 countries and regions
*As of 16 March, 2021

COVID-19 Safety Information

ETAT will put in place comprehensive COVID-19 safe measures to comply with both national and prefectural Government guidelines to run the festival. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will introduce measures such as the restricted admission only for those who will have checked temperature and pre-booking of timed admission to manage capacity of each facility. We will also work closely with local medical and health experts and institutions, ask visitors to wear masks while they are in the facilities, provide hand sanitiser, ventilate, disinfect and clean spaces on regular basis, and ensure staff members wear masks and manage their health conditions. Please note that some programs may be changed or cancelled depending on the situation of the spread of the COVID-19.


Duration 50 days from Sunday 25 July to Sunday 12 September 2021
Venue 760㎢ of Echigo-Tsumari region (Tokamachi-city and Tsunan-town in Niigata Prefecture
Organiser Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale Executive Committee
Co-organiser NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Cooperative Organisation
Chairman SEKIGUCHI Yoshifumi (Mayor of Tokamachi-city)
Vice-chairman KUWABARA Haruka (Mayor of Tsunan-town)
Honorary Chairman HANAZUMI Hideyo (Governor of Niigata Prefecture)
General Producer FUKUTAKE Soichiro
General Director KITAGAWA Fram
Creative Director SATOH Taku
Official Supporter Leader TAKASHIMA Kohey

Artworks / Artists


Travel Information


Try dishes using seasonal and local ingridients from Satoyama. Some artworks open as café and restaurants.


Abandoned houses transformed into artworks as well as closed schools are available for staying overnight as accommodations.

Hub Facilities

Hub facilities are great spots to visit as you explore artworks.


ETAT passport gives access to the artworks outdoor as well as in different facilities. The passport offers joys of collecting stamps as you explore satoyama following artworks while also provides special offers at designated onsen, accommodations, restaurants and official events. Admissions to the artworks are free for child age under fifteen. E-passport on mobile app and single admission ticket to each of the artwork will also be available. (Please note that admission to “Tunnel of Light” in Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel is not included in the passport while the passport gives a discount on the general admission.)



Why not join the supporting teams of ETAT? People of different age and background from various parts of Japan and abroad engage with the wide range of activities of the festival including helping artist create artworks, showing visitors around as a tour guide, welcoming guests and managing artworks. The Kohebi-tai supporters team welcome new members throughout the year.

ETAT is also grateful for the generous contributions from the diverse range of groups, companies and individuals.

Click here to find out more about donations and sponsorship.


ETAT is held in the Echigo-Tsumari region, located at the southern tip of Niigata prefecture. Approximately 200 permanent artworks are dotted across the 760 square kilometer area consisting of six areas. Plan your visit by identifying artworks and facilities you wish to visit.


Please contact us using “press and media enquiry form” if you wish to download images of artworks.
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