In addition to the programs at the six main venues, there will be over 20 events across the City of Sapporo. This will include collaborative programs with local facilities and organizations, and future themed open-call programs such as exhibits and concerts, all to build additional excitement for the festival.

*The Ainu sub-theme Upaste is derived from “upas,” which means “snow” in the Ainu language. The sub-theme carries the meaning of “running together into the future while we recognize one another.”

Open Call Projects

CategoryExhibition, Performance, Workshop
Date(s)Production/Exhibition: Thursday, January 18 – Sunday, January 28, 2024
*Date of production may be changed in the event of adverse weather conditions
Workshop: TBC
Venue(s)Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio
Organizer(s)THE ICEMANS
Artist(s)Alidad KASHANI, HITSUJIYA Shirotama, MIYAZAKI Wataru, TAKENAKA Hirohiko, UENO Kanako

CategoryExhibition, Film Screening, Sales Event
Event TitleJust a bit of Momentum can Transform the Future
Date(s)Saturday, January 20 – Saturday, February 24, 2024
Closed on Sundays, Mondays, February 13 (Tuesday)
Venue(s)niiiwa gallery
Organizer(s)niiiwa Co., Ltd
Artist(s)niiiwa Newspaper Editorial Team, Children

CategoryExhibition, Painting
Event TitleMAYA MAXX with YOU
Date(s)Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, February 25, 2024
10:00-18:00 (Closes at 16:00 on last day of exhibition)
Closed on Tuesdays
Venue(s)Café & Gallery Sarouhoumura
Organizer(s)Café & Gallery Sarouhoumura
Artist(s)MAYA MAXX

CategoryInteractive Art Event
Event TitleWishing on a Snow: Our Future
Date(s)Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, February 25, 2024
Venue(s)Daimarufujii Central, Main Entrance
Organizer(s)Daimarufujii Central

CategoryPhotography, Exhibition, Workshop, Talk Event
Event TitlePhoto Exhibition: Future is in the past
Date(s)Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, February 25, 2024
Closed on Wednesday, February 14
Venue(s)Former Residence of Nagayama Takeshiro and Former Dormitory for Mitsubishi Mining Company
Organizer(s)Former Residence of Nagayama Takeshiro with Class of Prof. Kon, Sapporo Otani University
Artist(s)AKAGAWA Ayano, FUJIMOTO Haruka, HATAE Toshiaki, IMAIZUMI Natsumi, INADA Kenta, KATAKAWA Yuika, KATO Mimu, KON Yoshinori, MINAMI Arisa, MOKKO Shiori, NARAOKA Misa, NASHIKI Mana, OHASHI Rin, OHASHI Tetsuro, SAKAI Koji, SAKAI Manami, SUGIO Hana, SUZUKI Ryoko, TSUYUGUCHI Keiji

CategoryPhotography, Exhibition
Event TitleDive into the Microcosmos in Ice
Date(s)Thursday, January 25 – Sunday, January 28, 2024
Venue(s)MaShu Jingu no mori Second Floor Gallery
Organizer(s)MIURA Atsuko
Artist(s)MIURA Atsuko

CategoryContemporary Art, Exhibition, Talk Event
Event TitleTwo solo exhibitions presented by CAI03 and GALLERY MoNMA

CAI03: Shiro Masuyama solo exhibition: Talking to the Animals in the End of the World

GALLERY MoNMA: Ryusuke Ito solo exhibition: Giggling Mirages
Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, February 25th, 2024
Closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays

Sunday, January 21 – Sunday, February 25, 2024
Closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays
Venue(s)CAI03 and GALLERY MoNMA
Organizer(s)CAI Institute of Contemporary Art/CAI03 + GALLERY MoNMA
Artist(s)CAI03: Shiro MASUYAMA (Talk Event Guest: Taro AMANO)

CategoryOutdoor Sporting Event
Event TitleMini Ski Jump Competition Sapporo 2024
Date(s)Saturday, February 3, 2024
Venue(s)Midoriyama Ski Slope in Makomanai Midorimachi Housing Complex
Organizer(s)Makomanai Midorimachi Housing Complex Management Association
Guest(s)Ski jump personnel (TBC)

CategoryExhibition, Workshop, Talk Event, Sales Event
Event TitleLAST DRIVE: Connecting Legacy to the Future
Date(s)Friday, January 26 – Sunday (National Holiday), February 11, 2024
Weekdays: 9:00-21:00
Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays: 9:00-18:00
Venue(s)SAPPORO Incubation Hub DRIVE
Organizer(s)SAPPORO Incubation Hub DRIVE
Artist(s) / Guest(s)Mural: Natte
Space: Hitomin, michiaki, IGARASHIi Shinichiro 
Guests:YAMADA Masafumi and more

CategoryMusical Event, Stage Show, Performance
Event TitleINTEG’Lab Live: New Dimensions of Music and Space / Live Electronics Today
Date(s)Monday, February 5, 2024
Venue(s)Creative Studio (Sapporo Community Plaza Third Floor)
Organizer(s)INTEG’Lab / Hokkaido University of Education
Artist(s)IRIKAWA Sho (Percussion), IWATA Mayumi (Piano), KAWAGUCHI Akira (Flute), TSURUTA Maki (Trumpet), KITAZUME Hiromichi (Electronics)

CategoryMedia Arts, Exhibition
Event TitleHokkaido Railroad Track x Media Arts Exhibition 2024: Create Hokkaido’s Future from Sapporo! Art has the Power to Create the Future!
Date(s)Monday, February 5 – Thursday, February 22, 2024
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and National Holidays
Venue(s)Hokkaido University of Science, Central Building (E Building) First Floor HUS PLAZA
Organizer(s)Hokkaido University of Science, Research Institute of Northern Regional Community
Artist(s)Faculty members of Department of Media Arts and Design, Faculty of Future Design, Hokkaido University of Science  (KOTANI Akihiro et al.), students and more

Event TitleThinking of a Future Sapporo: Designing with Words! Catchphrase Creation Workshop
Date(s)Saturday, February 17, 2024
Time TBC (Duration expected to be ~3 hours)
Venue(s)Sapporo Business HUB
Organizer(s)IKEHATA Kosuke
TeacherIKEHATA Kosuke

CategoryStage Show
Event Title21st AAF Drama Award Winning Performance: The Chicks would be Dead if they were Salmon
Date(s)Thursday, February 22, 2024, 19:30
Friday (National Holiday), February 23, 2024, 14:00
Organizer(s)Yubiwa Hotel, Hokkaido Arts Foundation, Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater
Artist(s)Playwright: MORIYASU Kuniko
Director: HITSUJIYA Shirotama 
Performers: KANBE Hiroshi, ENDO Mai, Rinnosuke, SUZUEDA Fusako, TASAKA Tetsuro

Collaborative Projects

Event TitleSpecial feature: THE SNOWFLAKES
Date(s)Saturday, December 9, 2023 – Sunday, March 24, 2024
9:30-17:00 (Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time)
Closed on Mondays (Open on Mondays if they fall on a National Holiday or substitute holiday, and closed the next weekday instead), New Year’s holidays (December 29 – January 3)
Venue(s)Tomakomai City Museum (Exhibition Room 3, Courtyard Exhibition Space)
Organizer(s)Tomakomai City Museum
OutlineTHE SNOWFLAKES, a four-member artist collective formed in Shiraoi in 2020 by NARA Yoshitomo, KUNIMATSU Kineta, KOSUKEGAWA Hiroyasu, and OKUYAMA Misae, will present a new installation which makes use of beach debris as art materials.
URLOfficial Site

Event TitleSpecial Exhibition: Contemporary AINU ART And Crafts 2024
Date(s)Saturday, January 13 – Wednesday, March 10, 2024
9:30-17:00 (Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time)
Closed on Mondays (Open on Mondays if they fall on a National Holiday or substitute holiday, and closed the next weekday instead)
Venue(s)Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
Organizer(s)Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, The Foundation for Ainu Culture
OutlineThis exhibition examines the creative power of Ainu art, notable for its diversity and design sensibility, based on moreu, a spiral shape that is one of the characteristics of Ainu patterns. Along with recent and new works by Kaizawa Toru, Nishida Kayoko, Fujito Kohei, and others, the exhibition presents outstanding woodwork and textiles made by the artists’ forebears.
URLOfficial Site

Event TitleSapporo Snow Sculpture Exhibition 2024
Date(s)Friday, January 26 – Sunday, January 28, 2024
10:00-18:00 (illumination from around 16:00)
Venue(s)Hongo Shin Memorial Museum of Sculpture Sapporo (Front courtyard)
Organizer(s)Sapporo Snow Sculpture Exhibition Executive Committee, Hongo Shin Memorial Museum of Sculpture Sapporo (Sapporo Cultural Arts Foundation)
OutlineSculptors, modeling artists, and art students active in Sapporo will create snow sculptures overflowing with originality that make the most of snow’s unique characteristics, exhibiting them to the public for three days only.
URLOfficial Site (*Japanese only)

Event Title11th Sapporo Odori 500-m Underground Walkway Gallery Award
Date(s)Saturday, January 27 – Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Venue(s)Sapporo Odori 500-m Underground Walkway Gallery
Organizer(s)City of Sapporo
OutlineA competition for contemporary artwork and project plans that utilize the two glass cases (24m in length) in the 500-m Underground Walkway Gallery.
SIAF2024 Director OGAWA Hideaki will participate as a special judge for the final round of judging.
URLOfficial Site (*Japanese only)

Event TitleIEIE, Reflected: Phase 4 Virtual Ground
Date(s)Saturday, February 17 – Sunday, February 18, 2024
10:00-17:00 (TBC)
Venue(s)VR Theater, Hokkaido University Faculty of Engineering
Organizer(s)S.I.D.E. Project (SIAF LAB. + NAKAI You + MYOKAM Hiroko) /  Hokkaido University CoSTEP (Communication in Science & Technology Education & Research Program))
Outline“Island Eye Island Ear” is an unfinished plan for a concert work proposed 50 years ago by David Tudor and Fujiko Nakaya among others, with a goal of turning an entire isolated island into a musical instrument. The SIAF Lab team has been searching for an island in Hokkaido to bring the project to life, and footage of their concert rehearsal in Kamome Island, Esashi, will be shown as a VR work in a 360-degree VR theater with a diameter of 8 meters.
URLOfficial Site (*Japanese only)

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