Takashi Takiguchi (Japan)
Originally from Japan, Takashi Takiguchi is a Melbourne-based dancer, performer and creative producer. Since starting his artistic career at the age of 38 in 2013, he has performed at numerous festivals as a dancer, performer and singer in Australia and abroad. He believes that everyone can be a singer, dancer, a maker and a creator no matter how old we become. His background as a social worker has led him to actively engage and encourage many independent artists and community members at large. Some highlights include producing the Pelem Festival (Indonesia: 2016, 2018 & 2020: https://sacpa-pelem.com/) and ButohOUT! Festival (Melbourne: 2017, 2018 & 2019: https://www.butohout.com/ ) and also his role as an associate operations manager for the Melaka Arts and Performance Festival (Malaysia: 2016, 2017 & 2018: http://melakafestival.com/), none of which have any selective curatorial process for programming, thus encouraging an inclusive platform in a true sense.