EU Japan Fest and European Capital of Culture

EU Japan Fest is a non-governmental organisation that supports the cooperation between Japanese and European artists and the public by subsidising research and project-based initiatives. The organisation, established in 1992, is dedicated to working with the European Capital of Culture initiative by supporting the active presentation of Japanese artists and art managers in Europe and assists European experts and artists for work visits and project presentation in Japan. Throughout its existence, the EU Japan Fest has supported and taken part in the programmes of more than 40 European Capitals of Culture in 30 countries, which makes it the only organisation in the world to have cooperated with every European Capital of Culture since the initiative originated.

EU Japan Fest's key activities are directed towards:

  • Preserving traditional culture and aim for its upgrading and expansion;
  • Supporting youth activities;
  • Encouraging the sustainability and self-sufficiency of creative communities and individual artists;
  • Stimulating and encouraging avant-garde creative approaches;
  • Supporting the development of international networks in the field of culture and art.

Check the projects in the programme of Plovdiv 2019 with focus Japanese Culture

This is the official catalogue of EU Japan Fest for 2019 where are featured all the activities which were part of the programme in the year of the title in Plovdiv and the collaborative work with previous, current and future ECoC cities.

Here you can find details for the open call by EU Japan Fest for supporting projects for the years 2021 and 2022 for which activities associated with the programme pf Plovdiv 2019 are eligible to apply. Please be aware of the several deadlines for applying in accordance with the planned implementation of the project and the funding required. Download for your information and before starting the application process: The call criteria and  2021_application. This is the form for supporting letter which should be signed by Plovdiv 2019 and attached to your application.

For questions related to the EU-Japan Fest project initiative, please write to or

The official selection of projects with Focus: Japanese Culture

Possible partnerships

Grants and funding programmes

Japanese business in support of Japanese and European artists



General partners

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