About ricca ricca*festa
ricca ricca*festa (International Theater Festival OKINAWA for Young Audiences) is an international performing arts for children, young people and families which has taken place in Okinawa since 2005. Every year the festival invite about 30 outstanding productions from all over the world and also organised international co-productions, residency programmes and symposiums. It is a popular summer event for local families, while it is an active platform for artists as the festival attracts international presenters and professionals due to its high reputation with the quality programme.
The festival had been organised with the nickname ‘Kijimuna Festa' between 2005 and 2013 in Okinawa City, which is located in the middle part of Okinawa Island. In 2014, the festival moved its venue to Naha City, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, and launched the new nickname ‘ricca ricca*festa’ in 2015.
‘ricca ricca’ means “Let’s go” in Okinawan dialect.
ricca ricca*festa's missions
EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
The festival aims to nurture rich humanity and sensibility by presenting high quality productions for children and young people so that they can share the emotional experiences with their family and friends.
ICHARIBACHOODEE / BANKOKU SHINRYO
Icharibachoodee (one encounter makes people siblings) and Bankoku Shinryo (being a bridge between countries by exchange) are the Okinawan spirit we wish to promote through the festival. A festival is a community where various people with different backgrounds such as nationality, culture, language and disabilities get together. By creating a safe environment to recognise and accept each other and to encourage the conversations, the festival aims to proceed to the peaceful world.
BASE OF INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE IN ASIA
With the historical and geographical background of Okinawa, the festival aims to be a hub for the arts, culture and the creative individuals to meet, interact and inspire each other and that the possibilities for theatre for children and young people would develop further.
CULTIVATION OF CREATIVE HUMAN RESOURCES
By getting involved in the festival as an audience, a volunteer, a performer, a staff or a participant, the festival cultivate creative human resources with wide perspective, both locally and internationally, and the skill to actively interact with others.