The two-day event will see Sarah Davachi, Moor Mother and DJ Nobu performing across multiple venues in the Japanese city.
Taking place at a range of venues around the city, including three temples, the event will bring together a collection of experimental and forward-thinking artists predominantly from Japan. One of the few international acts, Sarah Davachi, will perform at the opening concert at Honen-In Temple, where she will be supported by jazz pianist Dairo Suga. Also on the first night, DJ Nobu and Kazakstan's Nazira will play a club show at Kyoto Metro.
Saturday's programme sees MAZEUM spreading across the city, with Japanese artists such as Foodman, Yousuke Yukimatsu, Goat, Kukangendai, DJ Yazi and Torei playing at Urbanguild, Octave and the Gokuraku-ji and Sengan-ji temples. Later on, a second club night will be held at Octave with American poet and musician Moor Mother headlining alongside BLACKSMOKERS, BIM and more.
The festival's press material lists a series of objectives for the project, which include "spotlighting truly forward-thinking and unique artists from Japan," promoting "diversity in gender, age and race" in its programming, and "encouraging more interaction between international and Japanese artists and audiences" to foster "mutual appreciation, understanding and respect towards each other's culture and artistry."
Watch a video outlining the festival's lineup.