ICOM Kyoto 2019

25th General Conference

1-7 September 2019

Social Events


ICOM Kyoto 2019 has planned a variety of social events for participants to fully enjoy all that Kyoto has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you!

Please note:
-Event locations and details may be subject to change depending on the weather.
-All events will provide beverages and snacks.


Opening Party

Date & Time: 18:30~20:30      Monday, 2 September 2019
Venue: Kyoto International Conference Center

To celebrate the opening of the ICOM Kyoto 2019 Conference, join us for a party in the beautiful Japanese Gardens of the Kyoto International Conference Center. This is your first chance to get to know museum professionals from across the globe who have gathered in Kyoto for this exciting week of events. There will be delicious foods that celebrate the beauty of Kyoto’s local ingredients, and a special appearance by geisha - known in Kyoto as geiko and maiko – who will perform a traditional dance.

Social Event at Nijo-jo Castle

Date & Time: 19:00~21:00  
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
Venue: Nijo-jo Castle

Head to the ancient heart of Kyoto for a special late-night opening of UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo-jo Castle. This event is only for conference participants, who will enjoy a private evening in the stunning surroundings of National Treasure Ninomaru-goten Palace. In a thrilling meeting of tradition and modernity, a range of contemporary art events will take place, as modern artists create work inspired by the site. You’ll also be able to enjoy some delicious local ‘light bites’ alongside sake, as you relax in the beautiful gardens and watch the ancient buildings become illuminated as night falls.

Social Event in Kitayama Area

Date & Time: 18:00 to 21:00  
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Venue: Kyoto Botanical Gardens / Kyoto Institute, Library and Archives

Visit the Kyoto Botanical Gardens at dusk to experience the spectacular sweeping greenhouses and serene landscapes that house Japan’s best botanical garden. Alongside the rare plant exhibits you will see ceramic reproductions of acclaimed works of art in the buildings designed by one of Japan’s most celebrated architects, Tadao Ando.
In commemoration of ICOM Kyoto 2019, pop over to the Kyoto Institute, Library and Archives, just next to the botanical gardens, where participants have a special invite into the private storerooms of the National Treasure known as Toji Hyakugo Monjo. This private tour and the special exhibition that accompanies it will delve into the story of this important ancient script.

Join the Musée Cotte 2019  in KYOTO, an event introducing many of Kyoto’s local museums, where you’ll have the chance to enjoy the first exciting collaboration between ICOM and Pecha Kucha; ICOM×Pechakucha Night Kyoto. We are looking forward to sharing the successful visual storytelling format of Pecha Kucha that has been exported from Japan to the world, as we explore the theme of Communities and Museums. Delicious food and drinks will be available too!

Social Event in Okazaki Area

Date & Time: 19:00~21:00  
Thursday, 5 September 2019
Venue: Heian Jingu Shrine / Kyoto City Zoo / Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art/ Hosomi Museum / Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts

This is a great opportunity to get know the area of Okazaki in the heart of Kyoto, where museums and culture are clustered together representing tradition and modernity in the city. At Heian Jingu Shrine, enjoy live performances of Gagaku, the classical music of Kyoto’s Imperial Court that showcases Japan’s traditional musical instruments.

You can enjoy a night tour of Kyoto City Zoo and spend your special evening at the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art and the Hosomi Museum of traditional Japanese arts and crafts. At the Fureaikan, the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts you will be able to see Japan’s handcrafting traditions come alive as local artisans demonstrate a variety of skills, including candle making.  You will also be able to sample some local delicacies and sake.

Closing Party

Date & Time: 19:15~21:00   Saturday, September 7 2019
Venue: Kyoto National Museum

At a very special event to celebrate ICOM Kyoto 2019, Masterworks of the Kyoto National Museum: Temple and Shrine Treasures you’ll see treasures housed in the exquisite contemporary architecture of the museum’s Heisei Chishinkan Wing. In addition, you’ll have special access to the Important Cultural Property Meiji Kotokan Hall, the historic red-brick hall of the former Imperial Museum of Kyoto – an important symbol of Japanese museum history.
The event will include live performances and delicious food and drink, in our final celebration of Japanese food and entertainment culture. Let’s look back over the exciting week we’ve enjoyed – and look forward to our shared future!