Programmers Tour 2023: Yokohama Performing Arts Meeting

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is offering a tour for up to six New Zealand Performing Arts Programmers to attend the Yokohama Performing Arts Meeting in December 2023.

Delegates will also be introduced to the main cultural sites in Tokyo and Yokohama and will attend Foundation-hosted events.

While Yokohama Performing Arts Meeting (YPAM) provides a detailed programme of engagements, delegates will also be expected to develop their own individualised plan to maximise the opportunity.  

The purpose of the Programmers Tour is to enable New Zealand performing arts presenters to immerse themselves in the contemporary arts community to:  

  • advance their professional networks in Asia and develop their own practice 
  • increase awareness of contemporary artistic and cultural practice in Asia 
  • contribute to the long-term development of audiences for Asian arts in New Zealand 
  • explore ideas and networks that could lead to future collaborations or creation of work .Applications close 

Applications have closed for this opportunity

What is the Yokohama International Performing Arts Meeting

YPAM (Yokohama International Performing Arts Meeting) is a platform for international professionals to explore contemporary performing arts exchange through performance and networking opportunities.

Established in 1995 (as Tokyo Performing Arts Market) it is now internationally recognized as one of the most influential performing arts platforms in Asia and is one of the best ways to engage not only with the sector of Japan, but also with the Southeast Asian performing arts sector.   

YPAM describes itself as a ‘meeting’ and not a ‘market’. Unlike many other international arts markets, the emphasis of this event is not ‘selling’ but rather on developing relationships and opportunities for collaboration. It may take a long-term commitment to fully realise the opportunities that YPAM and the wider Japanese arts sector present.

Who can apply

To apply you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

The Tour is targeted at either:

  • performing arts programmers at any stage of their career 
  • executive/artistic directors of established arts companies with a track record of successful international collaborations. 

We wish to engage with those performing arts professionals who decide the work that New Zealanders see on their stages.

In the context of venues or festivals, this is the person who makes programming decisions.

In the context of a producing house or arts company, we are also interested to hear from directors of those organisations with a track record of commissioning and/or collaborating with overseas artists. 

Applicants must have the ability to make or influence programming decisions and have a proven interest in presenting the work of Asian artists.


What's covered?

Costs associated with flights, accommodation, and entry to scheduled activities will be covered by the Foundation. A per diem will also be provided.  

Successful applicants are required to arrange their own travel insurance and travel documentation (including entry visas) at their own expense, as well as their own transfers to and from their closest New Zealand airport.

Applicants must be available for the full period of the visit. A report will be required from each delegate within one month of returning to New Zealand.  

Key dates

  • Applications closed 7 August 2023
  • Programmers depart for Japan Saturday 09 December
  • Programmers arrive back in New Zealand 17 December

How to apply

Applications have closed for this opportunity


If you have questions about the tour or your application, please contact the Foundation's director Arts Craig Cooper: