Matsudo International Science and Art Festival – Open City

Matsudo International Science Art Festival is an annual festival held in Matsudo City, Japan. Innovative artists, scientists, and researchers from around the world come together to present their latest projects at the event. The festival aims to connect art, science, and nature, and is held in the historic architecture and landscape of Tojo-tei, and Tojogaoka Historical Park. Through the festival, the local creative community and the city government work together to cultivate a future society in which tradition and creative innovation flourish in harmony with nature. The city aims to place art and culture at the heart of its development, cultivating a city of creative inspiration.

The theme of this year’s festival was Open City – an inspirational city open to all, beyond open studios, open campuses, and open labs. In its fourth year, the festival set out to expand the city’s creative ecosystem and connect other citizen-led innovations from around the world. During the festival, the city was filled with creative catalysts – people, shops, and events with “catalyst” badges and signs, welcoming visitors to connect, collaborate, and inspire each other. Numerous exhibitions, talks, and workshops were curated in close collaboration with Ars Electronica.