Sunday October 28th Yoyogi Park 3:30-6:30pm
Last year, we brought the world’s largest drawing festival to Japan for the first time!
And this year, we’re not only bringing it back… but we’re collaborating in an exciting, bilateral, art event across countries, cultures and time zones!
The Big Draw Festival takes place every year in October and, since its launch in October 2000, this annual, international celebration of drawing, which brings people together under the banner ‘drawing is a universal language’, takes place in over 25 countries, involves over 1000 events and has encouraged over 4 million people back to the drawing board.
It has notched up two world records – for the longest drawing in the world (one kilometre) and the greatest number of people drawing simultaneously (over 7,000).
The first Big Draw Festival in 2000 attracted 180 partner organisations. Since then, the number has risen to over 1,000, with over 400,000 people participating each year.
What began as a one day celebration of drawing in October 2000 in the UK, is now an annual month long festival of drawing across the world.
As it had never happened in Japan before, we decided to put ourselves on the map!
Patrons include Quentin Blake, Andrew Marr, Bob & Roberta Smith RA, Lord Foster of Thames Bank, David Hockney OM CH, Sir Roger Penrose OM, Gerald Scarfe CBE, Posy Simmonds MBE and Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell.
Arts education charity, The Big Draw, the driving force behind the festival, believes that ‘everyone can draw’.
They also promote drawing as a universal language that has the power to change lives and unite people of any age, background, race, or religion from around the globe.
Kate Mason, director of The Big Draw:
“As always, The Big Draw Festival is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can’t!
For 31 days in over 25 countries, The Big Draw Festival will bring together hundreds of thousands of people to learn, experiment and bring ideas to life through drawing…
…an opportunity for individuals, organisations and countries to join a global community in celebration of the universal language of drawing.”
Calling all doodlers and drawers of all ages and abilities, come join us to celebrate the universal language of drawing and take part in a cross-cultural exchange!
As part of the exchange, we’ll be sending Japanese art materials to Ruskin Land in Bewdley and they’ll be sending us art materials from there, including charcoal made in their woods!
Through using, understanding and experimenting with traditional British and Japanese drawing methods and materials, everyone will be able to incorporate their own style and knowledge alongside a different cultural practice.
There’ll also be a live feed between Yoyogi Park Tokyo & Ruskin Land Bewdley to create an interaction between the countries.
200 Years Of Ruskin
This collaboration will also draw on inspiration from John Ruskin, in celebration of his bicentenary and Ruskin in Japan events in 2019.