culture360.asef.org » Culture News http://culture360.asef.org Connecting Asia and Europe through arts and culture Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:43:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Asia Arts Archive announces new platform – Mobile Library: Myanmarhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/asia-arts-archive-announces-new-platform-mobile-library-myanmar/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asia-arts-archive-announces-new-platform-mobile-library-myanmar http://culture360.asef.org/news/asia-arts-archive-announces-new-platform-mobile-library-myanmar/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:43:43 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45838

Asia Art Archive (AAA) and Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive (MARCA) announce Mobile Library: Myanmar, a temporary collaborative platform for ideas exchange that will run from November 2014...  Read More

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mobilelibrarymyanmarlogoAsia Art Archive (AAA) and Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive (MARCA) announce Mobile Library: Myanmar, a temporary collaborative platform for ideas exchange that will run from November 2014 to March 2015 in Yangon and Mandalay.

Mobile Library is a periodic initiative organised in partnership with cultural collaborators in different countries throughout Asia to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas. By co-organising events and enabling the circulation of printed matter, this programme activates new possibilities to engage with art as a form of knowledge.

Over 450 publications—from periodicals, artist monographs, and exhibition catalogues, to books on theory, philosophy, independent art spaces, curating, and archives—have been gifted to the emerging non-profit Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive.

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MARCA, having translated synopses for many of the books into Burmese, will circulate the entire book collection to Goethe-Institut, Myanmar Deitta, National University of Arts and Culture, New Zero Art Space, Pansodan Scene, and TS1 Gallery in Yangon before moving on to various locations in Mandalay.

Prior editions of the AAA Mobile Library have included Mobile Library: Vietnam with Sàn Art in Ho Chi Minh City (2011) and Mobile Library: Sri Lanka with Raking Leaves in Jaffna and Colombo (2013).

Mobile Library: Myanmar | Programme Highlights

Educational workshop (26–27 November, 2014) led by Jaffna-based artist and educator Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan at Yangon’s National University of Arts and Culture.

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Panel discussion on archives (28 November, 2014) with Clark House Initiative’s Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma; AAA Head of Research & Programmes Hammad Nasar; and Mobile Library: Sri Lanka participant Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan.

Digital archiving workshop (29 November, 2014) that will introduce and share standards, tools, and methodological approaches for digital archiving through case studies.

Open Call for materials on contemporary art in Myanmar to facilitate AAA’s ongoing development of a dynamic, publicly accessible collection and resource sharing platform on recent art of Asia.

Free Parking is a new programme series that will run concurrently to Mobile Library: Myanmar. Located in the AAA library in Hong Kong, and featuring ‘art libraries from elsewhere’ in conversation with the AAA collection, the inaugural presentation will focus on books and related ephemera from past and present editions of the Mobile Library.

Special thanks to publications donors ArtAsiaPacific | John Clark | Green Cardamom | Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore | Institute of International Visual Arts | Para Site | Raking Leaves | RogueArt | Singapore Art Museum | Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute | TAKE on art | Tate | West Heavens | Yishu

Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive (MARCA) aims to become the largest bilingual digital resource on the history and current state of Myanmar arts; to stimulate and nourish creative teaching and learning as well as provide research materials for students, teachers, artists, and the greater public. The center and archive will provide an environment for creative and analytical thinking in the country’s time of transition, where the end of censored education and closed markets means the beginning of creative thinking and inter-regional and global exchange. MARCA was founded by artists Khin Zaw Latt and Zon Sapal Phyu along with researcher Nathalie Johnston.

Mobile Library: Myanmar is generously supported by Foundation for Arts Initiatives (FfAI) and Mr. & Mrs. Serge Pun.

Logo image (top): Mobile Library: Myanmar, 2014-15. Photo: Nathalie Johnston.

Launch images: Mobile Library: Myanmar, 2014. Photo: FluxKit. Courtesy Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive (MARCA).

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Leap+ | magazine of Asia Pacific Writers & Translatorshttp://culture360.asef.org/news/leap-magazine-of-asia-pacific-writers-translators/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=leap-magazine-of-asia-pacific-writers-translators http://culture360.asef.org/news/leap-magazine-of-asia-pacific-writers-translators/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:45:59 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45541

LEAP+ has been launched by Asia Pacific Writers & Translators, a new quarterly online magazine featuring contributions from writers around Asia and beyond. LEAP+ will provide pragmatic advice on creative writing,...  Read More

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LEAP+ has been launched by Asia Pacific Writers & Translators, a new quarterly online magazine featuring contributions from writers around Asia and beyond. LEAP+ will provide pragmatic advice on creative writing, editing, literary translation, finding publishers, opportunities to present new work, and places to find writer peers and mentors.

It also seeks to provide current lists of events and opportunities for writers and translators in the Asia Pacific region.

We welcome ideas and articles from established writers, editors and others willing to share their expertise and experience.

LEAP+ is not a literary magazine. We don’t want to duplicate existing resources, and there are now plenty of good online literary magazines produced in Asia, which we support. We hope that, in time, readers of LEAP+ will be lead to those publications. If you know of a magazine that you think should be featured here, contact the editor.

Through LEAP+, Asia Pacific Writers & Translators seeks to fill an information vacuum. Resources such as this have been available for emerging writers in the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and elsewhere for many years. But other existing resources generally fail to include information about events and debates that are relevant, specific and accessible to writers in Asia.

Read LEAP+

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Chinese internet search giant Baidu launches film crowd-funding platformhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/chinese-internet-search-giant-baidu-launches-film-crowd-funding-platform/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=chinese-internet-search-giant-baidu-launches-film-crowd-funding-platform http://culture360.asef.org/news/chinese-internet-search-giant-baidu-launches-film-crowd-funding-platform/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:04:41 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45587

Chinese internet search giant Baidu has launched a crowd-funding platform, Baifa Youxi, which enables members of the public to invest in big-ticket films. Baidu is launching the fund in...  Read More

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Chinese internet search giant Baidu has launched a crowd-funding platform, Baifa Youxi, which enables members of the public to invest in big-ticket films.

Baidu is launching the fund in partnership with CITIC Bank, Taiwan’s Central Picture Corporation and Hong Kong law firm DeHeng.

Members of the public will be able to invest in movie projects with a minimum investment as low as $1.63. Yields will be based on box office performance but can up to as high as 16%.

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The first project offered by the fund was Ann Hui’s The Golden Era, starring Tang Wei and Feng Shaofeng, which opened in China last month. Baidu reportedly raised $2.93m (RMB18m) for the film, around 20% above target, from 3,300 small investors. [according to CrowdFundInsider, it was reported that nearly $3m was raised in just 3 minutes!]

In April, Baidu’s internet rival Alibaba launched a similar crowd-funding platform, Yulebao, which offered investment in films such as Guo Jingming’s Tiny Times 3, Sun Zhou’s Impossible and Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem.

Baidu owns two online video portals – iQiyi and PPS – and also launched a content production division, iQiyi Pictures, in July.

Source: Futurefilmchina.biz 

Read more on Variety and TechinAsia

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Art for Change – recycled art project in Mongoliahttp://culture360.asef.org/news/art-for-change-recycled-art-project-in-mongolia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=art-for-change-recycled-art-project-in-mongolia http://culture360.asef.org/news/art-for-change-recycled-art-project-in-mongolia/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:49:43 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45640

With the support of Australia Aid and the US-based Asia Foundation, the Arts Council of Mongolia (ACM) has developed the “Art for Change” community art project in 2014 and now...  Read More

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With the support of Australia Aid and the US-based Asia Foundation, the Arts Council of Mongolia (ACM) has developed the “Art for Change” community art project in 2014 and now presents a series of public art sculptures made from recycled materials across districts of Ulaan Baatar.

Art for Change aims to increase public awareness on reducing and recycling solid waste and to promote anti-littering messages through a creative process with the public.

In terms of the project, the Arts Council of Mongolia presents and launches the “My khoroo – Waste-free area” sculpture series: public art made from recyclable waste in 3 khoroos (subdistricts) of Sukhbaatar, Bayanzurkh and Khan-Uul districts of Ulaan Baatar.

Watch the video (in Mongolian):

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Cultural tours: India in Barcelonahttp://culture360.asef.org/news/cultural-tours-india-in-barcelona/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cultural-tours-india-in-barcelona http://culture360.asef.org/news/cultural-tours-india-in-barcelona/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:13:59 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45557

This autumn, Casa Asia and CultRuta are offering half day walking cultural tours ‘India in BCN’ taking an Indian cultural route through the city of Barcelona to share the history of...  Read More

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This autumn, Casa Asia and CultRuta are offering half day walking cultural tours ‘India in BCN’ taking an Indian cultural route through the city of Barcelona to share the history of Indian immigration in the city and how this community contributes nowadays to the richness that having a diverse city involves.

With Deepti Golani, a Barcelona citizen of Indian origin, an economist and educator at Casa Asia,the group goes through the history of Indian immigration in the city visiting some of the streets that have hosted them, several businesses and the Sikh temple of Ciutat Vella that gathers an important part of the community.

It consists of an intercultural project that contributes to learning about diverse Barcelona and to break stereotypes and rumours about immigration, in this case Indian, in the city.

Check the Casa Asia website for forthcoming dates and how to book the tour

2014/10/11 > 2014/12/27

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European Capitals of Culture for 2019 selectedhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/european-capitals-of-culture-for-2019-selected/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=european-capitals-of-culture-for-2019-selected http://culture360.asef.org/news/european-capitals-of-culture-for-2019-selected/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:21:23 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45497

Following assessments by a selection panel of independent experts and national competitions in Bulgaria and Italy, the cities of Plovdiv, Bulgaria and Matera, Italy have been recommended as European...  Read More

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Following assessments by a selection panel of independent experts and national competitions in Bulgaria and Italy, the cities of Plovdiv, Bulgaria and Matera, Italy have been recommended as European Capitals of Culture for 2019.

In Italy: the selection panel of independent experts responsible for assessing the Italian cities competing to be European Capital of Culture in 2019 has recommended that Matera should be awarded the title. The other five cities short-listed after the initial pre-selection round in November 2013 were Cagliari, Lecce, Perugia, Ravenna and Siena.The formal designation of Matera by the EU’s Council of Ministers is expected to take place next year.

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In Bulgaria: the independent selection panel responsible for assessing the Bulgarian cities competing to be European Capital of Culture in 2019 has recommended that Plovdiv should be awarded the title. The other three cities short-listed after the initial selection round in December 2013 were Sofia, Varna and Veliko Turnovo. The formal nomination of Plovdiv by the EU’s Council of Ministers is expected to take place in May 2015.

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European Capitals of Culture have been designated for forthcoming years:

  • 2015 – Mons (Belgium) and Plzeň (Czech Republic)
  • 2016 – Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain) and Wrocław (Poland)
  • 2017 – Aarhus (Denmark) and Paphos (Cyprus)
  • 2018 – Leeuwarden (Netherlands) and Valetta (Malta)
  • 2019 – Italy and Bulgaria (the cities of Matera and Plovdiv have been recommended, formal designation by the EU Council is expected in first semester 2015)

Read more about the European Capitals of Culture programme

In separate news, the forthcoming European Capitals of Culture for 2015,  Mons, Belgium, and  Plzeň, Czech Republic were recommended for the Melina Mercouri Prize for the quality of their preparations – expect great cultural programmes for 2015 in Mons and Plzeň.

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The European panel in charge of monitoring preparations by the 2015 European Capitals of Culture, Mons, Belgium, and  Plzeň, Czech Republic, has recommended that both should receive the Melina Mercouri Prize in recognition of the quality of their preparations. The prize amounts to €1.5 million for each city, to be paid under the EU Creative Europe programme.

As with all cities which have held the title of European Capital of Culture, the preparations of Mons and Plzeň for the title-year have been assessed by a monitoring and advisory panel which ensures that their programme meets the criteria for the title and respects the pledges made by the cities before they were officially designated.

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British Council launches ‘Cultural and Creative Industries in Pakistan’ reporthttp://culture360.asef.org/news/british-council-launches-cultural-and-creative-industries-in-pakistan-report/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=british-council-launches-cultural-and-creative-industries-in-pakistan-report http://culture360.asef.org/news/british-council-launches-cultural-and-creative-industries-in-pakistan-report/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 21:34:12 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45444

Pakistan’s cultural and creative industries can contribute $1.5 billion to the economy; all it needs is a little ‘push in the right direction’, according to a new report ‘Cultural...  Read More

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Pakistan’s cultural and creative industries can contribute $1.5 billion to the economy; all it needs is a little ‘push in the right direction’, according to a new report ‘Cultural and Creative Industries in Pakistan’ published by the British Council.

The report “Cultural and Creative Industries in Pakistan”, prepared in collaboration with University of Leeds, gives a detailed insight into where the industry stands and the avenues of its growth. The report was presented along with panel discussions organised by the Council at an event attended by designers, educationalists, policymakers, and representatives of the corporate sector.

The purpose of the panel was mapped out by Peter Upton, Country Director, British Council Pakistan who said that culture is ‘social glue’ that binds society together and also serves as an ‘economic engine’. He said that there was a growing ‘employability’ crisis in South Asia which was mainly because of a lack of 21st century skills.

“We met hundred of practitioners and heard their stories. There were some issues that were common in all stories,” Calvin Taylor, a professor from Leeds University, said.

“Ninety-nine per cent of business activity takes place in micro, small and medium sized enterprises. Freelancers are the key people who make creative industries work.”

[... read more about the launch event, panel discussions and report findings in the article on Dawn.com]

The British Council’s Dee Lowry and Abdullah Qureshi summarise the main findings of the report.

Download pdf report Cultural and Creative Industries in Pakistan

Image: Calvin Taylor discussing the findings of the research. — Courtesy Photo

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The Best in Heritage | conference publicationhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/the-best-in-heritage-conference-publication/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-best-in-heritage-conference-publication http://culture360.asef.org/news/the-best-in-heritage-conference-publication/#comments Sun, 02 Nov 2014 21:48:11 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45053

The Best in Heritage is an international, annual survey of award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects. Presenting examples of excellence in the field of museums and heritage, this downloadable...  Read More

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The Best in Heritage is an international, annual survey of award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects. Presenting examples of excellence in the field of museums and heritage, this downloadable publication features projects presented at the international conference held in September 2014 in Dubrovnik.

More than 20 projects from the world, proclaimed the best in the previous year on national or international level, are invited to an annual conference to present their success stories. In brief, we display and celebrate excellence from the field of museums and heritage. The conference takes place at the end of each September in Dubrovnik, UNESCO World heritage site.

the-best-in-heritage_2014_publicationThe 13th edition of the event took place in Dubrovnik 25-27 September and gathered a wide scope of heritage professionals – 136 coming from 33 countries and most various geographical and working environments. Twenty-four museum, heritage and conservation laureates, coming from 4 continents, were featured in a packed, three-day programme, representing almost all aspects of best, present-day practices.

Featured projects in 2014 (you can view all the presentations here) included:

The 2014 winning project presentation, voted by conference delegates, was Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp (Belgium) – see top picture.

The conference was started in 2002 by European Heritage Association from Zagreb, which still supports the event. The 2014 conference was organised in partnership with Europa Nostra and under special patronage of ICOM. The City of Dubrovnik reconfirmed its role as a perfect host, both due to the enchanting atmosphere of UNESCO world heritage site and local support of the City and of Dubrovnik Museums.

You can consult publications featuring The Best in Heritage from previous years on the website.

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Shortlisted Projects | Creative Encounters and Creative Networks 2014/15http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/shortlisted-projects-creative-encounters-and-creative-networks-2015/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shortlisted-projects-creative-encounters-and-creative-networks-2015 http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/shortlisted-projects-creative-encounters-and-creative-networks-2015/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:44:49 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45263

  Proposals for ASEF’s Creative Networks and Creative Encounters programmes have been shortlisted this month, following a thorough review of the submitted proposals.  For Creative Networks Second Edition, 8...  Read More

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Proposals for ASEF’s Creative Networks and Creative Encounters programmes have been shortlisted this month, following a thorough review of the submitted proposals. 

For Creative Networks Second Edition, 8 proposals have been shortlisted from 39 submissions. For Creative Encounters Fourth Edition, 6 creative proposals have been shortlisted from 117 submissions. The selection of shortlisted projects was conducted in partnership with Arts Network Asia.

The shortlisted applicants have been requested to submit a detailed proposal by Monday, 1 December 2014. Successful applicants will be notified in January 2015.

ASEF Creative Networks 2nd edition (2014-15) – Shortlisted Projects

  1. An International Strategy for culture and the environment
    A two-day symposium on the effects of environmental sustainability for the arts communities in Asia and Europe
    Partners:  Julie’s Bicycle (United Kingdom), IETM – International Network for the Contemporary Performing Arts (Belgium)
  2. Connect Your Future(s)
    A mapping of online cultural platforms and a conference on cultural mobility, creative industries and digitized heritage
    Partners:  Agence Luxembourgeoise d’Action Culturelle (Luxembourg), Planting Rice (Philippines), On the Move (Belgium)
  3. Creative Cities Network
    A series of workshops and seminars to expand the South East Asia Creative Cities Network (SEACCN) and involve European cities
    Partners:  Chiangmai University  Science Technology Park Secretariat of the Creative Chiangmai (Thailand), Bandung Creative City Forum (Indonesia), Creative Cebu Council (Philippines), Penang Think City (Malaysia), George Town Festival (Malaysia)
  4. Culture and Creative Hub Net
    Establishment of a new network of Cultural and Creative Hubs between Asia and Europe
    Partners: ADDICT – Creative Industries Agency Portugal (Portugal), ECBN – European Creative Business Network (Netherlands), CI-USJ – Faculty of Creative Industries, University of Saint Joseph (China)
  5.  Curating Batik
    A series of workshops to develop marketing and brand strategies on batik collections between museum experts in Asia and Europe
    Partners: Weltmuseum Wien (Austria), Museum Tekstil Jakarta (Indonesia), Náprstek Museum  of Asian, African and American Cultures (Czech Republic)
  6. SEAAA Mobility Platform
    A network of mobility funders to support individual grants in Asia and Europe
    Partners: Roberto Cimetta Fund (France), Korea Arts Management Service (Republic of Korea), Australia Council for the Arts (Australia)
  7. The Asia Pacific Screen Lab @ GFS
    A one-year film co-production training laboratory for emerging filmmakers from the Asia Pacific region
    Partners: Griffith Film School (Australia), Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (France), Mediterranean Film Institute (Greece), Australian Directors Guild (Australia), Torino Film Lab (Italy), Asia Pacific Screen Academy
  8. THRIVE Networking Culture Leaders
    Capacity building workshop and report to help enhance the leadership and effectiveness of international culture networks
    Partners: International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (Australia), Arts Network Asia (Singapore), European League of Institute of the Arts (The Netherlands).

See also: http://www.asef.org/index.php/projects/themes/culture/3220-asef-creative-networks-2nd-edition

 

Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe 4th edition (2014-15) – Shortlisted Projects

  1. Bread Houses – Community Creation
    A series of community workshops to exchange culinary and cultural practices between Asia and Europe
    Partners: Bread Houses Network (Bulgaria), Seongnam Cultural Foundation (Korea)
  2. Circus On The Edge
    A training of trainers and public performances in circus arts with a strong community engagement in Thailand
    Partners: Makhampom Foundation (Thailand), Circusschule Die Rotznasen e. V (Germany)
  3. Co-Creating Spatial Narratives
    A series of workshops focusing on the process of co-creation in craft design innovation involving artisans, architects and designers, resulting in an exhibition in the Netherlands
    Partners: 
    Design Innovation Craft Resource Center (India), CREARE Foundation (Netherlands), CraftCanvas (India), Studio Makkink & Bey (Netherlands)
  4. Curating – In – Depth
    A series of lectures and workshops on contemporary curatorial practice for emerging artists, critics and curators, with visual arts exhibitions in Slovenia and the Philippines
    Partners:
     SCCA, Center for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana (Slovenia), Planting Rice (Philippines)
  5. Dance Connect 2015
    Mentoring of emerging choreographers through artists’ residencies and commissioning of new pieces and touring.
    Partners: Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (India), O Espaco Do Tempo (Portugal), Mercat De Les Flors (Spain), European Dancehouse Network (Spain)
  6. Sharing Practices of Art for Common Existence
    Training workshops for visual artists and creation of 3D artistic projections
    Partners: International Initiatives for Cooperation (Bulgaria), Asociacion de Investigacion de la Industria del Juguete, Conexas Y Afines (Spain), NIVRITI (India), ARTILT-D biedriba (Latvia), Youth for Sustainable Development Assembly (Philippines), Solidarites Jeunesses Vietnam(Viet Nam).

 

See also: http://www.asef.org/index.php/projects/themes/culture/3218-creative-encounters–fourth-edition-2014–2015-

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1st Toga Asian Arts Festival staged in Japanese mountain villagehttp://culture360.asef.org/news/1st-toga-asian-arts-festival-staged-in-japanese-mountain-village/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=1st-toga-asian-arts-festival-staged-in-japanese-mountain-village http://culture360.asef.org/news/1st-toga-asian-arts-festival-staged-in-japanese-mountain-village/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:13:45 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=44396

The village of Toga, in the mountains of Japan’s Toyama Prefecture is becoming a magnet for artists, theatre companies and audiences from Asia. Theatre director Tadashi Suzuki wants to...  Read More

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The village of Toga, in the mountains of Japan’s Toyama Prefecture is becoming a magnet for artists, theatre companies and audiences from Asia. Theatre director Tadashi Suzuki wants to make Toga a true centre for Asian theatre, and organised the first Toga Asian Arts Festival this summer.

The Toga Asian Arts Festival 2014 attracted 150 participants from 18 countries. Chinese and South Koreans accounted for most of the international contingent.

“I would like to expand the event to attract people from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, India and Russia,” Suzuki said. He stressed his desire to “nurture this village as a theatrical center, a gathering place for the young, talented people who will determine the future of theater.”

This is not the first time the 75-year-old Suzuki has sought to make Toga the world’s stage. Suzuki, who began working in theater overseas in his 30s, hosted an international event called the Toga Festival from 1982 to 1999.

After working in the West, he shifted his focus to Asia and has been teaching the “Suzuki method” in China, Taiwan and South Korea. In May of this year, at the request of the Shanghai Theatre Academy, he directed Chinese actors in a production of “Cinderella.” The connections he made proved helpful when he set about organizing the new festival.

On the heels of the arts festival, this year’s Asian Theater Directors’ Festival was held Sept. 1-3 with four troupes from Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan. Suzuki’s philosophy appears to be of great interest to young artists across Asia; after all, he created his own brand of theater in Japan and presented it to the world.

Other efforts to increase the village’s capacity for hosting artists are underway. In summer 2013, a committee was established and tasked with turning Toga into a center for the arts. The panel is led by Tadahiro Yoshida, chairman and CEO of YKK, the zipper and fastener maker. It is working on a plan to build training and accommodation facilities.

Read full article on Nikkei Asian Review

Image: South Korea’s Yohangza Theatre Company, led by Yang Jung-ung, took part in the Toga Asian Arts Festival with an interpretation of ”A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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