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Performing Arts Network Japan is a website dedicated to disseminating information about the stimulating and highly diverse Japanese performing arts scene. With in-depth interviews profiling performing artists and presenting organisations, PANJ surveys Japanese and international performance culture. The site also offers performing arts festival reports and information on international grants for performing arts.

Japan Foundation, Sydney supports a range of arts and culture project such as performances, exhibitions, and festivals, to bring the work of Japanese artists, or Japanese arts and cultural content, to Australian audiences. Funding is distributed to non-profit organisations (individuals are not eligible to apply) to support a variety of high quality, traditional and contemporary content across Australia, and is subject to limited availability.

AIR_J is a website dedicated to disseminating information about Artist-in-Residence programs across Japan in both Japanese and English. Artist-in-Residence (AIR) is a short-term residence program to support creative activities of artists, creators, and scholars. AIR_J website provides information on AIR programs in Japan, such as the outline, achievements, and application requirement of each program, to those living abroad who are interested in AIR programs and culture of Japan. It also offers the cross-searchable database of AIR programs, FAQ, interviews and essays to update the user with the latest information of AIR programs in Japan and abroad.

TPAM (Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama) is a space where professionals from various places in the world who explore the possibility of contemporary performing arts exchange through performance and meeting programs to gain information, inspiration and network for the creation, dissemination and vitalization of performing arts. Established in 1995 as Tokyo Performing Arts Market and moved in 2011 to the “Creative City” Yokohama. Reinforcing its focus on Asia and having started to involve itself in Asian co-production, TPAM is internationally recognized as one of the most influential performing arts platforms in Asia.

The Japan Foundation offers grant programs to introduce various aspects of Japanese arts and culture all over the world. This page shares financial support resources for individual artists, cultural institutions, publication translation and more. For individuals, the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists offers financial assistance to Japanese artists and Japanese cultural specialists to participate in cultural events outside of Japan, including Australia. For organisations, the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program is designed to provide financial support for museums and art institutions outside Japan that organise exhibitions introducing Japanese art and culture to audiences overseas. In addition, this program is designed to support international exhibitions such as biennials/triennials introducing Japanese artists and their works.

The Japan Foundation, Sydney’s Arts and Culture program brings a variety of events exploring Japan’s diverse identity to Australian audiences throughout the year, ranging from exhibitions to creative exchange workshops. The Japan Foundation Gallery exhibits work by Japanese artists and designers, as well as non-Japanese background creatives with an engagement with Japanese arts and culture. The gallery program supports a diverse range of practices and content, from immersive installations and performance art, to traditional art, craft and design practices like somé dyed textiles and sumi-e ink brush painting.

The Japanese Film Database (JFDB) is a database of Japanese films co-managed by the Japan Foundation and UNIJAPAN. Film synopses, cast and staff, and production and distribution company information are searchable and available for public perusal. With the goal of supporting Japanese films abroad, information on theatrically released films, as well as the contact details for the companies, is provided in both English and Japanese.

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