Tokyo Stage will present creative personalities, artists, and illustrators from Tokyo. We have prepared lectures and discussions, a number of thematic workshops, and accompanying exhibitions, including a pop-up shop with Japanese design products. The participation of Japanese artists at Meat Design Ostrava this year is a groundbreaking success for us. First and foremost, because it connects important guests from both the corporate/commercial and the artistic spheres renowned in Japan and elsewhere.
The curator of the TOKYO Stage, accompanying exhibitions and program is a designer Lukáš Holinka. Eighteen years ago in Ostrava, he co-founded and published SOAP, the first magazine dealing with graphic design. Japanese artists were also among those who contributed to the magazine with their work. Subsequently, under the pseudonym Intrika, he
started to cooperate with the respected Japanese brand BeamsT – he was the author of a dozen designs. Thanks to his love of Japan, he opened a brick-and-mortar store in Prague in 2016. He searches for Japanese artists, collaborates with them, and makes limited artistic editions of various products (t-shirts, bags, mugs, posters, publications). In 2019, he came up with the idea to publish a zine on Japanese culture and called it ZAK – Japanese Culture Zine. So far, two issues have been published.