City as Nature Festival in Osaka // シティアズネイチャーフェスティバルの大阪

Join a celebration and a journey through art, music, culture, and environmental landscapes in Osaka’s port-side creative village. シティーズネイチャーフェスティバルは皆のためのお祝いです。自然と水をテーマにした展覧会やトークイベント、ワークショップなどを行うアートフェスティバル。

October 11-23, 2019
Kitakagaya, Osaka, Japan

What is City as Nature Festival?


City as Nature Festival is a celebration for everyone to explore new ways of knowing our cities through art, culture, and environmental landscapes in Osaka’s port-side creative village. シティーズネイチャーフェスティバルは皆のためのお祝いです。私たちの都市を織り成しているファブリック、横糸と縦糸となる自然と水を通して時間(Time)と場所(Place)を新たに発見するアートへの道のり、ご一緒に旅立ちませんか?7カ国出身のアーティスト。

Who is Involved?


City as Nature Festival brings together artists, musicians, and environmentalists from America and East Asia, as they uncover moments and places where humans and our cities are intertwined with the rest of nature.
シティアズネイチャーフェスティバルは国内外のアーティストを結びつけます。 新しい方法で街の本質を知りたがっている人は、フェスティバルで楽しい時間を過ごします。

Curators / キュレーター

Patrick M. Lydon
Suhee Kang
Harumi Ikegame

Lead Artists / リードアーティスト

Robin Lasser
Margurite Perret
Bruce Scherting

Guest Artists / ゲストアーティスト

Carmen Bouyer, Pittore Felice, gwai, Masahiro Kawanaka, K. Kough, Hiro Miyahara, Cathy Hao, Dooha Kim, Alicia Bay Laurel, Heeyoung Park, Karen Tsugawa, Yuki Tsukiyama, Hirofumi Uchihara, Takuma Uematsu

Musicians / ミュージシャン

Bomnunbyeol, Miyu Hironaga, Alicia Bay Laurel, Megumi Mouri, Hirase Natsumi

Support / サポート

Yukawa Hiroyasu, Yasutaka Kaneda, Aoi Kisaka, Kotaro Konishi, Qenji Yoshida

Local Partners / パートナー

The City as Nature Festival is independently produced by City as Nature collective and The Branch Osaka, with support from our local partners:

  • AIR Osaka hostel
  • Chidori Bunka
  • Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka
  • Coop Kitakagaya
  • NPO Good Luck
  • TRA-Travel Osaka Art Hub

Events Schedule


Join us for place-based art, workshops, concerts, walks, talks, and storytelling events, celebrating the relationships between humans, cities, and the waterways that form us.

Water: Multi-Species Migration and Displacement
10月11〜23日 [EXHIBITION]

Water: Multi-Species Migration and Displacement

A team of American artists invite Kansai-based artists to co-produce handmade flags and poetic verse for an international exhibition exploring issues of water, language, and migration. アメリカのアーティストを始め、フランス、日本、韓国、台湾、タイからのゲストアーティストたちと共に「水との関係」を探検するイベント 。
Lead Artists: Robin Lasser, Marguerite Perret, Bruce Scherting(アメリカ)

10月12日, 10:00〜12:00 [WORKSHOP]

Urban Mapping & Weed Foraging

Come uncover the hidden elements of urban nature. Participants create an urban nature map, and explore edible weeds and herbs in the neighborhood.
都市の自然の隠れた要素を発見してください。 都市の自然マップを作成し、近所で育つおいしい食用雑草やハーブを探検しましょう。

10月12日, 15:30 [TALK & LIVE]

Conversation with Water

Music performances and interdisciplinary discussions between artists, ecologists, and local people about water.
Co-Production: TRA-TRAVEL Osaka Art Hub

A 'signaling water' flag workshop by Robin Lasser and Marguerite Perret
10月13日, 10:00〜15:00 [WORKSHOP]

Signaling Water: Google Dada Haiku

Join the international exhibition! Make flags and poetry and parade to the dockyards at Creative Center Namura.
国際展示会に参加しよう! どなたでもワークショップへようこそ。 私たちは小さな旗や詩を作ることを学び、それから私たちはドッキヤードへのパレードに参加します。
Facilitators: Robin Lasser, Karen Tsugawa(アメリカ)& Pittore Felice(日本)



Festival events happen in several locations around Osaka’s Kitakagaya Creative Village.

Chidori Bunka [ 千鳥文化 ]

Kitakagaya 5-chōme-2-28

Exhibition / October 11-23
Workshops / October 12

The Branch

Kitakagaya 2-chōme-8-20

Exhibition / October 11-23

Oto Building [ 音ビル ]

Kitakagaya 5-chōme-5-1

Live & Talk Show / October 12

Co-Op Kitakagaya [ コーポ北加賀屋 ]

Kitakagaya 5-chōme-4-12

Workshops / October 13

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