40 days
Paid by host 
  •  Prize Money for Contest Winners: Winner artist will get 1 million JPY, runner-up will get 500,000 JPY, second runner-up will get 300,000 JPY. (The contest will be held in 3 stages – at the Opening Ceremony, at a special event during the festival, and at the Closing Ceremony. Both votes of the Special Jury and the audience will be counted).
  • Performance fee: 100,000 JPY for the whole period (the sum will be divided and paid in cash in JPY at the beginning and at the end of the period). This is the sum per person in case of a group.
  • Busking opportunity (except some venues and events which will be announced by the organizer).
  • Transportation cost. They will cover your two-way economy class air ticket from your nearest airport to Kansai International Airport. Artist is expected to book and buy the airline tickets by himself/herself. The Organizer will reimburse travelling costs and pay in cash in JPY (the rate will be calculated on the day of payment) at the beginning of the festival, based on the airline ticket information and boarding pass provided by the Artist.
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the organizer. In addition, all artists will be given 500 JPY/per day in cash as lunch costs. 
  • Accommodation. Rooms for 3-4 people
  • Support staff
  • Traveler’s insurance
Application guidelines 

Please read the criteria, before filling in the online application form.


Awaji Art Circus Executive Committee

Awaji Art Circus Executive Committee

Awaji Art Circus 2019


Based in Awaji Island, Awaji Art Circus (AAC) has three distinct missions:

  • To develop art and culture on Awaji island and to create a chance for Japanese people to get to know international art of different genres.
  • One is to bring about increase in population flow and local economic consumption leading to regional vitalization whilst utilizing local resources.
  • The other is to let the world know the appeals of Awaji Island and more broadly Japan. AAC aims to become a new local tourism attraction and attract people from within and outside of Awaji Island.

Awaji Art Circus (AAC) is an international performing arts festival held annually since 2015 which is based in Awaji Island, considered as the Island of Japan’s Origin. Artists gather on Awaji Island from around the world and perform for about one month at multiple venues, schools and local events on the Island, as well as enjoy the history and nature of Awaji Island, experience its traditional culture and share the appeal of Awaji Island and Japan with the world.

  • Perform (at the main venues, different events inside and outside Awaji Island, hotels, schools etc.): five days a week (2-3 times a day). 
  • Share information on social media. You will create posts and share information on social media (Facebook, Instagram, blog etc.) about Awaji Island and Festival based on your experience daily. Sometimes the organizer will provide you the information you have to use in the posts or ask to share some posts. 
  • Participate in Grand Performance at Closing Ceremony which includes collaboration with local school, and in all related meetings and rehearsals.
  • Lead a workshop. Participants will lead a workshop of their discipline for local people. 
  • Participate in the meetings held by the Organizer.
Accommodation Information 

Shared rooms for 3-4 people.

Studio Information 

3 rooms for training can be used for music, dance, circus etc. Kitchen as a free space for communication.


A long island located in Seto Inland Sea, south of Hyogo Prefecture. It is the largest island in Seto Inland Sea and 11th largest island in Japan.


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