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Mezamashi TV x True Colors Festival Special LIVE
Six world-renowned artists with disabilities appear in virtual performances during the Tokyo Paralympics.
During the Tokyo Paralympics, "True Colors Festival Special Live" will be held as part of Fuji Television's summer event "THE ODAIBA 2021 Virtual Adventure Island". Six talented artists with disabilities who have performed around the world will own this stage. The virtual performance will also be featured on the morning news program "Mezamashi TV".
The concert will feature these artists: Ill Abilities, a seven-member dance group from six countries that performs around the world fuelled by the "No Excuses, No Limits"; Johnatha Bastos, a pianist and guitarist born without arms, who performed at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro; Mandy Harvey, a deaf finalist on "America's Got Talent"; Alvin Law, a drummer without arms who appeared in the Channel 4 trailer for the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games; and Victoria Modesta, who grabbed the world's attention with a captivating performance at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympics and went on to become a model and a pop star with a prosthetic leg; and Kohshi Kishita from Japan, who composed NHK's theme song for the Athens Paralympics and released a song in collaboration with singer Daichi Miura last year, will perform.
Enjoy the performances of these artists, one on each day over six days, delivering performances that can only be seen here, along with interviews about their lives, their talent and their challenges.
We hope you enjoy it.
Mezamashi TV x True Colors Festival Special LIVE
Dates: 26 - 31 August 2021
Time: 12:00, 18:00, 20:00 (15 minutes each)
26 Aug.(Thu) ILL-Abilities
27 Aug.(Fri) Kohshi Kishita
28 Aug.(Sat) Johnatha Bastos
29 Aug.(Sun) Mandy Harvey
30 Aug.(Mon) Alvin Law
31 Aug.(Tue) Viktoria Modesta
Japanese Sign Language
International Sign Languages
(only for English songs)
photo by Disability First UK
This international breakdance crew was established to spread the message that nothing is impossible. It is made up of some of the world’s best and most uniquely talented dancers. Rather than highlighting the negative aspects and limitations of “disability,” this cool and positive crew continues to make an impact around the world with their stunning moves and compelling life stories.
Koshi Kishita, sometimes called the Japanese Stevie Wonder, was born in Kagoshima Prefecture on May 8, 1989. He lost his eyesight at one month of age due to retinopathy of prematurity. He began playing the piano at the age of 2, started performing on streets at the age of 8, and performed in New York City for the first time at the age of 13. He released his first full album “KOHSHI” in October, 2011.
Born into a family of musicians, Johnatha spent his childhood performing and traveling around Brazil with his family, dreaming of becoming a solo guitarist. He performed in Britain’s Channel 4 Rio Paralympics 2016 trailer “We’re The Superhumans” that has been viewed by millions around the world and also performed at the Paralympic Games that year. Since 2016, he has participated in the Paralympic Fest organized by The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center.
Mandy, a deaf singer-songwriter, won Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer for her performance on “America’s Got Talent” and the recording of her performing her original song “Try” has been viewed more than 40 million times. Through her songs, she conveys the importance of never giving up and the desire for people to try to make their dreams come true.
Born without arms, Alvin was left homeless when he was five days old. He has said that this experience was the best thing that ever happened to him, and it changed his life story from about tragedy to one about victory. He believes that the greatest challenge human beings face is “ourselves” and tells people around the world that being positive is the most important thing.
Pop artist and creative director Victoria Modesta changed the way people around the world view disability when she performed at the 2012 London Paralympics with a prosthetic leg lavishly adorned with Swarovski crystals. Then came the viral hit video “Prototype” with Britain’s Channel 4 which introduced her as the ‘world’s first bionic pop artist’. Her work as a global icon of the post-disability community embodies real-world science fiction, connecting music, body art and sculptural tech fashion.
How to watch
Download Fuji TV “THE ODAIBA 2021 Virtual Adventure Island” app
※The linked website is only in Japanese
Let's go and check out the stage contents!
- How to get to Tsunagaru Stage
1) Tap the menu button at the upper left corner of the screen.
2) Tap the world map.
3) Tap Tsunagaru Stage on the world map.
You can move to anywhere by tapping the location on the map.
4) You are at Tsunagaru Stage.
Go ahead and get closer to the stage!
|Presented by||Fuji Television Network, Inc.|
|Co-presented by||Tokyo Waterfront City Association|
|Sponsorship by||Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Port and Harbor|
|Special Thanks||The Nippon Foundation|
A Festival that creates a “process” of change
True Colors Festival Executive Producer