Photo: Yuki Ida
The Japan Foundation Asia Center will organize a symposium "Sanriku International Arts Festival, Past and Future" as a program of "Asia in Resonance 2019".
The Sanriku International Arts Festival is an arts festival that has been held since 2014 for the purpose of revitalizing areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake with the power of local performing arts mainly in areas around the Sanriku coastal area. The Japan Foundation Asia Center has invited folk performing groups from Southeast Asian countries and has conducted cultural exchange with people in the Sanriku region in collaboration with the Sanriku International Arts Festival.
The first part of the symposium will look back on the "Sanriku International Arts Festival" from various videos. The second part will invite panelists to discuss the festival’s impact on the Sanriku region. The keynote speech will be given by the Mayor of Ofunato City, one of the main venues for the Sanriku International Arts Festival since 2014.
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Asia in Resonance 2019
The Japan Foundation Asia Center is holding the "Asia in Resonance 2019", a series of events introducing its various cultural exchange programs between Japan and Southeast Asia. The broad range of special events includes cross-border productions of stage performances and films, an international friendly soccer match in which the ASIAN ELEVEN team of selected Southeast-Asian players will play against a team from Japan, and a "NIHONGO Partners" symposium. These events are an opportunity to enjoy the resonance created by the strengthened ties between Southeast Asia and Japan. And as well as being an opportunity to look back at the achievements of mutual cultural exchange which the Asia Center have been holding over the last five years, this festival will provide a springboard to further deepen ties between Japan and Southeast Asia.
"Asia in Resonance 2019" is scheduled to also be held in Southeast Asia.
This is the certified project of beyond 2020 program.