Experience the Biggest Art Event in Tokyo: Design Festa

  • Design Festa is an art event in Tokyo, Japan which encourages freedom of expression for anyone, regardless of age, gender, nationality, or language. It is considered to be the biggest art event in Asia, and it is open to all artists, professional or non-professional, from around the world who want to showcase their creative talents.

    The Event


    Design Festa started in 1994 and is held twice a year in May and November. It is attended by thousands of exhibitors, with over 2,700 booths. Each booth is designed with so much creativity, with all artists showcasing their unique talent. The philosophy encourages the concept of “original art”, of whatever genre. The kinds of art you can see include paintings, photographs, accessories, sculptures, and other (sometimes) unimaginable artistic expressions. Each of the booths is manned by artists who are eager to present their masterpieces to the world!


    Design Festa is held in Tokyo’s Big Sight exhibition center. With 7,000 exhibitors, everything is made to fit in these halls. Apart from the exhibits you can also check out performances, live shows, and mini-theaters.

    Other Things You Can’t Miss


    Since the event is held in Japan, most live dance performances originate from traditional Japanese dances. However, for quite a different show you may also want to check out the Brazilian carnival dances, where performers bare quite a lot of skin. But this festival is not only enjoyable to the eyes; when you are starting to feel peckish there are plenty of booths selling varieties of food to choose from. Besides the food stalls, there are bars and cafes where you can just chill for a while with a drink while listening to music performances. What’s more, if you’re after buying some art you’re in for a real bargain. Most of the displayed works are for sale. From big to small, there is art in all kinds of shapes and sizes, like there is something to fit all budgets.

    Harajuku Permanent Exhibition


    Did you get excited about the festival, but are you not in Tokyo around the times it is held? You can always visit the Design Festa Gallery located in Harajuku, a 10-minute walk from Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line. Click here for access information.

    Design Festa is one of the largest art exhibits in Asia, and if you are looking for a fun, interesting experience you should definitely grab the chance to stop by!

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