The 12th Festival

The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions delivers fifteen days of film screenings, live events, lectures, and talk sessions. It is presented at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum and other local venues to energize creative activities in the field of imaging. The theme of the twelfth edition of the festival is “What is time?”—a question that explores an intrinsic property shared by imaging. From exhibitions and screenings to YEBIZO MEETS, a program for participants to encounter, enjoy, and ponder visual expression, this festival is rich in opportunities to encounter new visions and discoveries.
The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2020 is a program being carried out as part of the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL, a cultural festival being developed in the run-up to 2020 by Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the host city for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Title Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2020:
The Imagination of Time
Dates Friday, February 7 – Sunday, February 23, 2020
[15days / Closed Mon. 10, Mon. 17]
Hours 10:00 - 20:00
(Closes at 18:00 on the final day, Sunday, February 23)
Venues Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Maison franco-japonaise, The Garden Room, Center Square of Yebisu Garden Place, Related cultural facilities, galleries, etc.
Admission Free
(Admission will be charged for the events with limited capacity.)
Organized by The Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Tokyo Photographic Art Museum and Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) / Nikkei Inc.
SAPPORO REAL ESTATE CO., LTD / Fondation Maison franco-japonaise
Embassy of Brazil / Embassy of Canada / TBS / J-WAVE 81.3FM
With a grant from Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation / Asian Cultural Council
Sponsored by ANA / Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands / Goethe-Institut Tokyo / SAPPORO BREWERIES LTD.
Supported by Color Kinetics Japan Incorporated / PIA Corporation / Do Be Company Inc. / ROBOT COMMUNICATIONS INC.
Contact For general festival inquiries, please contact us at:
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita Meguro-ku
Tokyo 153-0062
TEL 81+(0)3 3280 0099

This Year's Theme

The Imagination of Time

We habitually think of time moving uniformly in one direction, like seconds ticked off by a clock. If we ask, however, “What is time?”, there is no easy answer. Since time is invisible, we use imaging to grasp the present moment. Imaging also connects the past, present and future, making it seem that we can travel freely back and forth through time. In this, the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2020, we use art and imaging to consider the question of what time itself is, thereby exploring the essential qualities of imaging and examining the present moment.

Festival Director