True Colors Festival History

Through performing arts programs where artist and audience members can share experiences, True Colors Festival create enjoyable meeting points/spaces between different abilities, gender, age, language, nationalities, in an attempt like no other to realize a comfortable society for everyone.

"International Music Festival in Lao PDR” in Laos on November 25, 2006True Colors Festival

The prototype of True Colors Festival

The True Colors Festival was bornout of the International Festival ofArtists with Disabilities, which waspart of The Nippon Foundation’soverseas programs for supportingpeople with disabilities.

"International Music Festival in Lao PDR” in Laos on November 25, 2006True Colors Festival

In Asia, people with disabilities are often seen as in need of support and their public exposure is limited. However, we have met many artists with disabilities who strive for the highest expression.

"An Asian Festival of Inclusive Arts” in Camcodia on February 23, 2008True Colors Festival

In 2006, with the aim to provide opportunities for these artists to express themselves on stage and change the public perception on disabilities, we organized the first festival in Laos and Vietnam.

"An Asian Festival of Inclusive Arts” in Camcodia on February 23, 2008True Colors Festival

The festival took place again in 2008 in Cambodia. More than 8,000 audiences enjoyed the performances of 128 domestic and 85 foreign artists with disabilities were invited from 6 Asian countries.

"Myanmar Arts Festival of Disabled Artists" on October 17, 2013True Colors Festival

The festival continued in Myanmar in 2013. Stakeholders were worried that seats would be filled for its first arts festival for the disabled. But, during the three days the venue was very exciting.

"Myanmar Arts Festival of Disabled Artists" on October 17, 2013True Colors Festival

The number of visitors during the three days was 4,900.
More than 10 famous singers and entertainers performed without reward, singing and dancing with disabled artists on the stage.

"ASEAN Festival of Disabled Artists" in Myanmar on December 3, 2014True Colors Festival

In 2014, 168 artists selected from 9 ASEAN countries performed in Myanmar, and the total number of visitors exceeded 6,500 in four days.

"ASEAN Festival of Disabled Artists" in Myanmar on December 3, 2014True Colors Festival

168 ASEAN artists, including traditional dancers using wheelchairs, pop dancers with hearing impairment, and rock bands with visual impaired musicians, performed both in Naypyidaw and Yangon.

"ASEAN Festival of Disabled Artists" in Myanmar on December 3, 2014True Colors Festival

A team of Japanese deaf drummers was invited as a special guest to perform a traditional drum session.

"ASEAN Festival of Disabled Artists" in Myanmar on December 3, 2014True Colors Festival

Artists from different Asian countries became acquainted, and artists from different countries performed collaborative performances and dances.

"True Colours Festival '' held in Singapore on March 23, 2018True Colors Festival

in Singapore. 2018

"Asia Pacific Festival of Artistes with Disabilities ~True Colours~" held in Singapore in March 2018 with UNESCO is the largest ever.

"True Colours Festival '' held in Singapore on March 23, 2018True Colors Festival

More than 100 artists with disabilities from 22 nations performed on stage of Singapore Indoor Stadium and OCBC Square, and approximately 10,000 people attended the 3-day program.

"True Colours Festival '' held in Singapore on March 23, 2018True Colors Festival

Not only did artists with disabilities from different countries collaborate with each other, but they also worked with various artists and performed together on stage.

"True Colours Festival '' held in Singapore on March 23, 2018True Colors Festival

With these 10 years, we learned performing arts deepens the experiences for both the audience and performers as they meet in actual space and can bring awareness and trigger change in perceptions.

"True Colours Festival '' held in Singapore on March 23, 2018True Colors Festival

On stage, collaborations between individuals of different abilities, gender, age, language and nationality are possible, and can achieve compelling expressions that captures the hearts of many people.

On August 23, 2019, at the press release of the "True Colors Festival"True Colors Festival

With this in mind, The Nippon Foundation decided to organize “True Colors Festival,” focusing not only on disabilities but also on diversity where people with various backgrounds can create together.

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