From the Yokohama Rendez-vous Project to SLOW LABEL
And now, the Yokohama Paratriennale.



150th Anniversary of Opening
of Port of Yokohama

  • Opening of Zou-No-Hana Terrace
  • Yokohama Rendez-vous Project



Yokohama Paratriennale Background

First there was the Yokohama Rendez-vous Project, an experimental platform enabling artists and facilities for the disabled to come together to develop innovative ideas for product development and manufacture. From this came SLOW LABEL, a design and lifestyle goods brand offering only one-of-a-kind handmade items. After three "FACTORY" exhibitions, SLOW LABEL now facilitates opportunities for a diverse range of community residents, regardless of their level of ability or disability, to meet and interact as they create things together. Initiated in Yokohama, these activities have now spread to many other parts of Japan.



Yokohama Paratriennale 2014

New Encounters and
New Challenges

  • ARTUncovering and Cultivating Fresh Talent
  • Building and Sharing Awareness

2014 Paratriennale Theme : first contact

In this, the year of the Yokohama Triennale 2014, which also coincides with the year that Yokohama has been designated to serve as a Culture City of East Asia, Yokohama's Culture and Tourism Bureau has joined forces with its Health and Social Welfare Bureau to launch the Yokohama Paratriennale. By hosting a contemporary art exhibition that spotlights the joint efforts of individuals with disabilities and a wide range of professionals, we are creating an opportunity to build and share our awareness of accessibility issues and many other obstacles that exist in our society, which will help foster mutually complementary relationships between citizens and promote community livability for all.



Strengthening Complementary Relationships

  • ARTNew Forms of Artistic Expression
  • Applying Lessons Learned to Society

In 3 years...Director's Vision

After having allowed their efforts to mature and develop, participants who met at the first Paratriennale will return to present further evolved versions of their projects, and we will continue in our endeavor to uncover and cultivate fresh talent. We will also encourage the active participation of local corporations as well as individuals involved in community-building efforts as we put the awareness and know-how gained at this festival to work in society at large.


2020 TOKYO Paralympic Games


Spreading Ideas and Joining Forces

  • Promoting Community Livability for All

In 6 years...Director's Vision

A diverse range of people will understand how to recognize and make use of the individualities and talents of others, contributing to a society where everyone has a sense of their place and role. We will present the know-how and experiences cultivated at the Paratriennale as a "new Yokohama model" that we will share with creative cities and other groups around the world, as we join forces to create a world in which the word "disabled" has ceased to exist.

Yokohama Paratriennale 2014