HAPPENINGText: Kayo Tamura


Design Festa, one of the biggest event in Asia where more than 8,500 artists participated from around the world, celebrated its 30th anniversary this fall. But its amazing not only because of the astonishing number of people joining the festival. From people who buy works for their own to people who seek out new talents and artbuyers, various people come to this event. To draw their attention, artists make their booths distinctive and give out their original fliers. The Design Festa Vol. 30 was held on the 24th and the 25th of October at Tokyo Big Sight.

It might be better to say “experience the Design Festa” rather than just “visit the Design Festa.” They also perform live music and serve alcohol and world’s traditional food. At some booths, you can enjoy plays, fashion shows, getting a massage, athletics , fortune telling and so on. If you feel tired, it’ll be good to get a massage. If you have any worries, just try fortune telling. Booths of palmistry and color therapy were really popular and had been reserved fully.


The feature of this event is that everything is being free there. People are singing a song at a booth next to a booth exhibiting pictures and at another booth people are sitting like dummies as a part of installation. These unexpected happenings fascinate people.


Among numerous of booths of professional and amateur artists and companies, Lanterna attracted lots of people by their accessories that displayed on the white wall.

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