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reality of money and reality of my people

NyamaNyama 2015 - Artistic week of Diebougou- ディエブグ芸術祭-

5/30- 6/6. 2015

Was the first big festival in Diébougou, and was the first big event that I organized from zero, in my life. I was seeking for possibility to establish connection between humans or places I love, but some connection rather than money related. But in order to make this festival happen, I'd have had to take care of all the people involved, and those who have never had money in their hand, would not be able to understand my thoughts, that money isn't what will solve the poverty (of many sorts,) or isn't what makes life better. And in reality, (example of some venders participated at the festival) they need money to buy food for today in the same manner that I have my appetite, and they tell me they don't have the coins to buy water. Am I going to tell them that the committee of NyamaNyama doesn't have money for that, or that I don't believe in money? No way. What I can do is to give each of them a pack of water and some food and to others as well to keep the fairness between them, then I'd end up using money, needing money, just to feed someone who is very near me, for the entire 8 days. 

ディエブグの初めての大きなお祭り、私にとっても、初めてのオーガナイズした大きなイベント。お金以外の繋がりを探してた。今も、探してる。ただ、この芸術祭を実現するにあたって、関わる全ての人のケアをしないといけなくて、そこにはお金を手にしたことなんてない人が沢山いて、その人たちに私の考え、お金がいろんな意味での貧困を解決するわけじゃないとか、お金が人生を豊かにする絶対なものではないとか、そういうのを押し付けることはやっぱり違って。だって例えば、物売りに来てたおばちゃんたちに、今日、今、腹が減ってて、水が飲みたいけど20円ない、と言われて、いや私たちはそれに対するお金はないのですとか、お金が解決するわけじゃないのですなんて、言うのは違う。そうなると、とりあえず今食べさせて、水を飲ませて、不公平にならないようにそれをみんなにしていると、それだけで、結構お金が必要で。自分の隣にいる人の腹を満たすってことだけで、結構もうお金が必要で。

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I still think money should not be the goal of someone's life. But already, in this society, it feels impossible to ignore its strong existence in our life, especially because what I'm trying to do is something global, there is no way not to look at it. So, we are going to start asking for money, to give us support, to make the festival happen every year, and to make the future of Diebougou be a place with so much of creativeness.

今も思う。お金が人生のゴールにはなり得ないと。ただ、やはりこの社会の中で、しかも国際的な繋がりを目指す私の社会にはどうしたってそれは問題として絡んでくる。だから、これからまた、お金をもらえるように、スポンサー探したり、しないといけない。毎年実現できるように。ディエブグの未来が、沢山の創造で満ちるように。

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It has been such a big festival, involving so many people, as I counted the numb. of the staff including artists, it exceeded 240. In total, 1735 people have come, paid, and entered to our program of 7 nights. It started out by me saying "wanna do a video projection of Butoh piece." Then many many many many many people have become part of the project. Every time someone joins, that gives some different colors to the team, and that's how a project develops from an event of someone, to an event for the many. I am feeling grateful for the encounters with all the team. It's true that all the core members are someone who isn't looking for the 20cents to live a day, but I feel grateful for their energies, works, that they put to make the festival happen, without any personal benefits. 

沢山の人を巻き込んだ大きなお祭りになった。関係者だけで250人弱、お金を払って来てくれた夜の部7日間のトータルは1735人。「舞踏の上映がしたい。」と言った私の言葉がこんなにも沢山の仲間を増やして大きくなった。人がひとり増えるだけで、チームは少しずつ色を変えた。誰かにとってのイベントが、みんなにとっての、みんなのためのイベントに、変わった。主要メンバーはみんな昼夜問わず必死で働いてくれた。個人の利益などかえりみずに、チームのために、祭りのために、街のために。彼らは確かに今日を生きる20円が見つからないくらい窮困してはいないけど、この場所で、賛同してくれて、支えてくれて、彼らに出逢えて、とてもとても、嬉しいと感じている。ー

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