YAMBARU ART FESTIVAL 2020-2021 やんばるアートフェスティバル YAMBARU ART FESTIVAL 2020-2021 やんばるアートフェスティバル

Connecting with islands,
in harmony with islands

The Japanese word "shima" means "island,"
but it also means "community."
So we connect art and artists from all over Japan and overseas and make it a community in Yanbaru.


中程 長治 中程 長治

General Director

Choji Nakahodo


Born on Ishigaki Island in 1959, he has been the general director of the "Yanbaru Art Festival" since 2017.
With the beauty of Ryukyu and Okinawa's ancient shadows and sense of colors as his main theme, he engages in free expression activities regardless of genre, like photography, design, video, and calligraphy. His major works include "Suderu – Ryukyu Baru Metamorphose –" (Yanbaru Art Festival 2018-2019), "Suderu Umarekawaru" (Kyoto International Film Festival 2019 Art Division), Island Cat Movie "Nyaha!" (2018) , A documentary film "Us 4 IRIOMOTE-Namasei Ryuten" on the theme of nature and life on Nishi-Omotesando (released on YouTube in 2021).


Besides having the meaning of "island," the word "shima" includes the meaning of "community."
In Okinawa, it also means the area where you were born, and the island sake (Awamori) is also affectionately called "shima."

The Yanbaru Art Festival has brought a variety of arts to the island of Okinawa since 2017 and is now able to welcome its 6th event.

Also, this year, various artists from Okinawa, Japan, and worldwide gather here to create art expressing their passion.

The kanji character for this year's theme, "Hibiki," means people gather in one place to face each other, sympathize, and harmonize. So let's create the arts of "Shimajima (Island community)" as individuals from various regions meet in Yanbaru, connect, and loudly play together.

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  • Organizer

    Yanbaru Art Festival Executive Committee

  • Co-sponsored

    Ogimi Village All Islands’ Great Festival

  • Event term

    Saturday, January 14, 2023 - Sunday, April 9, 2023
    *Multiple venues, including the main venue, Ogimi Village Former Shioya Elementary School, are open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

  • Admission

    Free (of charge)

  • General Director

    Choji Nakahodo

  • Venue

    Ogimi Village Former Shioya Elementary School (Ogimi Utility Center) / Ogimi Village Observation Deck (Mutabaru) / Yanbaru Sake Brewery / Okuma Private Beach & Resort / Hentona Shopping Street / Oriental Hotel Okinawa Resort & Spa / Kanucha Resort / Statue of Agu in front of Nago City Hall


  • Business hours

    Ogimi Village Former Shioya Elementary School (Ogimi Utility Center)
    [Open hours] 11:00-17:00 / Open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays

  • Sponsors

    Okinawa Prefecture, (associates) Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Northern Municipal Association, Kunigami Village, Higashi Village, Motobu Town, Nago City, Nakijin Village