Outline of the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival

1.Festival Dates
(1)Pre-festival Event: Wednesday, October 26th 2016
(2)Festival: from Thursday, October 27th to Sunday, October 30th 2016

2.Main Venues
Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha, Okinawa Convention Center, Okinawa Prefectural Budokan Arena, Onoyama Comprehensive Athletic Park, Jichikaikan, Naha Civic Hall and others.

3.Festival Participants
Participants from overseas: approximately 5,000
Participants from Japan: approximately 500
Total number of spectators: approximately 350,000

4.Project Content
・Let’s Study! World Uchinanchu (One School One Country Study Program)
・Uchinanchu Junior Study
・Kaiho Yoshu Network Building Program
B.Festival Eve Parade and Welcome Reception

C.Main Program (Ceremony Program)
・Award Ceremony for Distinguished Services Overseas
・Opening Ceremony
・Closing Ceremony
・Grand Finale

D.Related Events
・Shurijo Castle Festival (presented by Shurijo Castle Festival Executive Committee)
・Shimakutuba (Okinawan Language) related events (presented by Okinawa Prefecture Culture Association)
・Emmigration Documents Special Exhibition (presented by Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum)
・Eisa dance events
・Karate-related events (presented by Culture Promotion Division, Okinawa Prefectural Government)
・The 5th Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival (presented by World Youth Uchinanchu Association)

E.Event Program
These events aim to identify Okinawa’s allure through exchanges with participants from overseas, mainland Japan, and Okinawa, and to develop future leaders. We also plan to entertain participants from overseas, and promote the purpose and importance of the festival among local Okinawans.
(Ex:) Chanpuru Exchange Festival, World Bazaar, Uchinanchu Symposium, etc.

F.Event Proposal Open to the Public
We will accept event proposals that match the festival purposes and planning policy. We will then evaluate the applications with our screening criteria and select suitable events, and help them plan in order to carry out those events.

(2)Advertising and PR
・Make mascot, theme song, logo, and slogan of the festival
・Design banners, flyers, posters, stickers, and commemorative pins
・Conduct promotional events in Okinawa and mainland Japan and dispatch representative(s) overseas to promote the event
・Plan promotional events (200 days and 100 days before the festival, and directly before the festival)
・Design and maintain official website

(3)Invitation Project
・Receive and reconfirm RSVPs from participants both from inside and outside of Japan
・Select and invite guests (from within the prefecture, outside of the prefecture, and from overseas)
・Select and invite VIP guests
・Make a guest list of Japanese and overseas participants and maintain the data
・Select souvenirs, and purchase and distribute them

5.Sponsorship and Donations

In order to manage the event efficiently and effectively, we accept sponsors to promote the festival and event program.

We gladly accept generous contributions from across Okinawa in order to make the festival successful

6.Organizing Structure
(1)Presented by
Okinawa Prefectural Government

(2)In association with
Okinawa International Exchange & Human Resources Development Foundation, and Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau

(3)Under the auspice of (tentative)
Okinawa General Bureau, Cabinet Office; Government-affiliated organizations; Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); The Japan Foundation; The Association of Nikkei & Japanese Abroad; The Society for Promotion of Japanese Diplomacy; Embassies of participating countries; Okinawan press and media companies, and others.

(4)Sponsored by (tentative)
Companies inside and outside of Okinawa, airlines, and others.

(5)Planning Organization
The 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival Executive Committee