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Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory

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Opening in August 2004, the Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory was established by two NPOs, ”Arts Network Japan” and “Children Meet Artists”, as a part of the “Toshima Ward Culture & Art Creation Support Project”. Housed inside a former school building (Toshima Former Asahi Junior High School), where the gymnasium and schoolyard remained in their original form, the Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory offers rehearsal spaces for theatre and dance companies, particularly effective in a city like Tokyo that suffers from a constant lack of rehearsal rooms. In 2005, Toshima Ward’s “Development of a Culture and Art Creation City” Plan was approved by the Cabinet Office as “Local Regeneration Plan” and the use of the former school building for cultural activities was reinforced. As a result, the Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory under the motto “From a Space for Creation to a Space for Artistic Output” started to operate a theater as well. One of the main venues of the “Festival/Tokyo” and the “Toshima Arts Festival”, the former gymnasium of the school regularly hosts works by Japanese and foreign artists. Hereby, the Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory conducts a wide variety of activities, such as the development of site-specific art projects, the operation of a community café and the provision of venues for film shootings.

Funded by: Toshima Ward Culture & Art Creation Support Project
Jointly run by: NPO Arts Network Japan and NPO CHILDREN MEET ARTISTS

Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory