Event Report List
- “Aesthetics of Calligraphy in East Asia”: Events featuring a thematic exhibition, international symposium, and more.8月1日～9月9日
A series of the events whose theme was "aesthetics of calligraphy" was held. The special exhibition featured Chinese art works created from the Zhou to Qing dynasty which belong to Fujii Saiseikai Yurinkan Museum of Art. Among them, stones and metal works with engraved characters and calligraphy works by famous artists in its history especially attracted visitors because it is otherwise difficult to see these works. We succeeded in inviting famous scholars as lecturers to our international symposium. The symposium itself ended in great success as people actively participated in the discussion, and as a result it proved Niigata's reputation as "the area of flourishing calligraphy" to be true. In additon, as a related event, we ran a calligraphy exhibition exchange program among cities chosen as Culture Cities of East Asia, which displayed carved Chinese characters by Tosen Usuda and his fellow calligraphers. There were also many families who participated in a calligraphy workshop led by college students, because it was an event in which they could actively participate. Their experience was enjoyable and unforgettable. A calligraphy performance by students from the calligraphy club of Tokyo Gakkan High School also entertained people through their dynamic motions in drawing calligraphy works.
- “Culture City of East Asia 2015″: The Culture Week in Niigata8月2日～8月9日
In the atrium of NEXT21, there was an exhibition of famous cultural artifacts from two cities, Qingdao and Cheongiu, to introduce their cultures. For example, a water and ink-wash paintings from Qingdao and a reproduced "Jikji", the world's oldest metal printed text, and “Gyoo Bang Gong Ye (sewing and needle works)” from Cheongiu. Also, two cities set up exhibition booths in the event space of Niigata Festival to facilitate cultural exchange between them and local people. Artists from Qingdao showed walnut carvings and paper cutting, and practitioners from Cheongju served South Korean traditional tea and calligraphy artists performed KARI, Cheongiu style calligraphy. Moreover, entertainment groups from two cities performed acrobatics and K-Pop dance on the stage of the event space. Visiting groups of Qingdao and Cheongiu developped friendship with Niigata local people while experiencing culture of Niigata city through Dai Minyo Nagashi (folk dance by a large group of people) and fireworks viewing during Niigata festival.
- “I am the future” Japan-China- Korea exchange program Chorus Concert8月14日
As a part of the cultural exchange program of Culture City of East Asia 2015, children from Niigata, Japan, Tsingtao, China, and Cheongiu, South Korea joined a chorus group exchange program and sang a song, "I am the Future" with lyrics in Japanese, Mandarin and Korean. In the first part of the event, childrens choruses from each of the three cities performed in turn. Then, local children displayed some traditional performing arts to welcome the children from China and South Korea. Also, Ryu Koshino, a former leader of Moon troupe of Takarazuka Revue, gave a live performance. In the second part, the creators of the song (Ryohei Miyata, the president of Tokyo University of the Arts; Isao Matsushita, the vice-president of Tokyo University of the Arts; and Baku Yumemakura, a writer) talked about theme of the song. Then, three children's choruses sang the song while being accompanied by a full orchestra. For the performance's finale, the performers of the day joined the audience in singing "I am the Future" together.
- NIDF2015 – Niigata International Dance Festival8月21、23、28日、9月4日
During the Niigata Dance Festival, Japanese, Chinese, and South Korean dance companies presented their unique performance on three separate days. Daegu City Modern Dance Company of South Korea entertained the audience with their knowledge of contemporary dance, showing powerful movemnts to rhythmical tunes. On the other hand, City Contemporary Dance Company of Hong Kong, China intrigued viwers and got all of them excited by synchronizing their moves with the projected images. Noism 0 of Niigata, Japan appeared on the stage on the last day of the festival. Their overwhelming solo performace and impeccable group performance impressed an almost capacity audience and made a strong impact on the viewers, who did not stop applauding and even gave the performers a standing ovation. Also, a discussion program allowed the three art directors of the dance companies to discuss dance performance activities in their own countries and their ideals. It became a furuitful opportunity for them and others since they were able to consdier and discuss the future of theaterical activities and dance companies in Asia based on their cultural differences and commonalities.