7 Reasons to catch True Colors Festival THE CONCERT 2022

By True Colors Festival Team

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October 21, 2022

Today we announced that the concert will be livestreamed on November 19 & 20 for free which means you can tune in to THE CONCERT 2022 from our YouTube channel!

It’s going to be amazing! But seriously, if you still need more reasons to catch the concert – here are 7, not to mention Katy Perry and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in our stellar line-up of more than 90 artists from around the world. Read on!

1. Beautiful collaborations

On November 19 and 20, more than 90 international artists from 13 countries will gather at Japan’s Tokyo Garden Theater. But it’s not just about numbers; it’s about something far more interesting!

Artists will collaborate with artists, like in the 1940s-inspired big band act by our Superhuman band members, Tony Dee, Johnatha Bastos, Alvin Law and Rachel Starritt; the dance battle between international breakdance crew ILL-Abilities and Japanese breakers Bboyz; and the duet between pianist Rachel Starritt and violinist Adrian Anantawan.

Across the distances and the physical distance, they’ve got it all worked out! And it’s all happening because the concert creators and the artists chose – right from the start – to collaborate, share, exchange ideas, select and counter-select songs and create magic together!

2. We’re all human

Behind every performance is a story. 

Take artist Sparsh Shah’s song and rap performance. Born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a rare bone disorder that subjects his bones to brittleness and fractures, Sparsh’s song, This is Me, captures his unique journey.  

Or Kenta Kambara’s firm yet graceful aerial wheelchair dance – a mirroring of the tenacity of the human will.

As THE CONCERT 2022’s artistic director, Dr Sydney Tan, aptly puts it, “I believe it’ll be our privilege to get a peek into the lives of these extraordinary performers, and we hope that we’ll all come away with a sense of feeling like we are a part of ‘One World’, belonging to ‘One Family’.”

3. A concert for all ages

From toddlers to grandparents, there’ll be something at THE CONCERT 2022 for everyone. From state-of-the-art technology in a performance, soothing gospel vocals and pop to rap, classical and contemporary music, THE CONCERT 2022 has all that – and more!

The adorable icing on the cake? The performance by Tokyo NAKAMA Kids aged 7 to 13, who’ll join America’s Got Talent alum Mandy Harvey in a colorful sign dance performance.

4. Leaving no one behind

From the very beginning, TCF has sought to build a more inclusive society through the performing arts by organizing accessible events of all scales. THE CONCERT 2022 will up the ante. The concert will be interpreted in Japanese Sign Language and International Sign (by Amber Galloway Gallego, Danny Gong and the team from TA-net no less!). There’ll also be real-time subtitles, audio description, tablets with multilingual subtitles and accessible restrooms, among other accessibility features.

THE CONCERT 2022 will also be livestreamed so that people all around the world can tune in regardless of distance and other challenges. 

All you have to do is subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch THE CONCERT 2022 when we go live!

5. The thrill of discovery

Get reacquainted with familiar faces like vocalists Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Mandy Harvey, rapper Sparsh Shah and bionic pop artist Viktoria Modesta, and meet new talents that you’ll come to love. Take your pick from Sinatra-esque crooner Tony Dee, the powerful and stirring vocals of Japanese gospel choir The Soulmatics, the fiery BOTAN & DAZZLEs rhythmic taiko dancing, the dance battle between ILL-Abilities and Bboyz.

6. With love from Singapore

With creative and music direction by Dr Sydney Tan, powerful multimedia content by Sally Lee, slick choreography by Samantha Kan, original short films by directors Daniel Yam and Jonathan Choo and costumes curated by Yang Derong, you’re in for a treat!

7. Special guest – Katy Perry

You read right. Katy Perry will perform at the event as the Special Guest, sharing the stage with 19 other artists and groups. Her music has racked up a cumulative 65 billion streams alongside worldwide sales of more than 57 million adjusted albums and 138 million tracks. Be sure to join Katy and a diverse line-up of artists as they come together with one voice to celebrate “One World, One Family”.

“I’m so excited to see you on the 19th and 20th of November at the True Colors Festival THE CONCERT 2022 where ‘One World’ and ‘One Family’ comes to life at Japan’s Tokyo Garden Theater. The concert will also be livestreamed all across the world so everybody can come together and celebrate,” she says.

THE CONCERT 2022 will be livestreamed via YouTube at the following dates & time:

Concert Day 1

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm JST

Concert Day 2

Date: Sunday, November 20, 2022
Time: 5:00 pm JST

Approximately 2.5 hours

For more information, visit our program page.

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True Colors Festival

TCF is a long-running international festival of performing arts. We celebrate diversity and inclusion, and embrace the fact that we are One World, One Family. We choose the arts as our platform, for its power to move, inspire and heal.

As a festival, TCF brings people together to generate exchanges, innovation and creativity; and transform the way we relate to each other.

Presented by The Nippon Foundation, TCF brings diverse artists and audiences together through concerts, documentaries, music videos, film screenings, children's programs, musicals, workshops and other activities. Since 2006, festivals have been organized in Southeast Asia and Japan, with more than 1,200 artists from more than 30 countries connecting with a global audience in more than 80 countries.

TCF invites you to journey with us, to enjoy, experience, share and spread our consciousness of being One World, One Family.

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