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Ikebukuro Theatre Festival
There are numerous theaters both large and small in the Ikebukuro area, and theatrical pursuits have flourished since the past. Since the first Ikebukuro theater festival was held in 1989 to promote Ikebukuro as a theater town, theater troupes have staged performances during the month of September at various theaters around Toshima. More than 100 judges are recruited to judge the performances and select the winners of the grand prize and other prizes. This theater festival, which is unlike any other, has close ties to the community. Interest from the community and elsewhere has grown with each festival, and the festival has taken root as an event that is well known among local community members as well as among people from other areas.
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A preview performance contest to advertise the plays has been held as a lead-in event from mid-August since the sixth festival in 1994. Each group participating in the theater festival is given two minutes to advertise the highlights of its play. With the acting troupes going all out to promote the highlights of their plays in this PR battle, the audience is left crying for more.

Culture is key in Toshima's community development efforts, and the goal is to become a town with a cultural ambience that blends tradition and culture with new trends. The Ikebukuro theater festival is truly a festival that offers a lively sense of culture.

The Tourism Association provides support in the form of the Toshima Tourism Association Prize.

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Six features of the Ikebukuro theater festival:
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Anyone can participate.
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Judges are recruited from the public.
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Participating plays are awarded recognition based on the scores from judges selected from the public.
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Participating groups are given discounts when they use municipal halls as performance venues.
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Participating groups stage a preview performance contest prior to the festival.
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The troupe that wins the Theater Festival Prize is given free use of a municipal hall the next year.
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Organizer: Toshima Performing Arts Association
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