The FWEAP has been holding the festival for settled refugees in Japan annually since 1982. It has been held as a way to brighten up the lives of the refugees, as well as to encourage the Japanese public to better understand refugee community. The first festival was held in January, 1982 and at that time, it was named “The event of encouraging refugees”. In 1989, the name of the festival was changed to “The festival for the Indochina refugees”, and then in 2004, the festival was renamed to “The festival for settled refugees in Japan.
This year, the festival will be held on Sunday, November 15th at Shinjuku Cultural Center in Shinjuku City. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will be greatly reduced in scale. Programs such as dancing and singing ethnic songs will unfortunately be cancelled and in their place a forum will be held, and discussions with settled refugees will take place along with the awarding ceremony that commends refugee role models and personnel who have contributed to the support of refugees.
Unfortunately, the festival will not be open for the public this year, but the video of the festival will be uploaded on the FWEAP’s SNS account later. We sincerely hope that we will be able to resume the festival as normal from the next year.
We apologize for your inconvenience in advance, and wish to express our thanks for your understanding.