Polish Cultural Programme in Japan 2019
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Exhibitions in the Imperial Castle in Kyoto and in a museum in the very heart of Tokyo, prestigious performances in Japan’s largest concert halls, encounters with Polish design and cuisine – these are just some of the events organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2019 to celebrate the centenary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan.
The year 2019, marking the centenary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan, is a perfect opportunity to exploit the creative potential of meetings between Polish and Japanese artists. In accordance with the concept of ichi-go ichi-e, what we celebrate this year is the joyful energy that is released when we get together. We believe that both Japanese and Poles, while experiencing each other's cultures, can also discover something new about themselves. There will be something for everyone: a dose of both classics and modernity, tradition and electronics, events ranging from solemn and formal to free and easy. Are you ready? Here we go!
Contemporary Art & Design: Let’s Celebrate!
Our highlight will be a unique exhibition titled Celebration – the first Polish-Japanese joint project in the field of contemporary art on such a large scale. Celebration is a group exhibition of 21 recognised Polish and Japanese artists, which will be shown in three instalments: the first one in Kyoto, Japan, followed by shows in Poznań and Szczecin in Poland.
The exhibition will be first presented in mid-May in the historic Nijo Castle, Kyoto Art Center and satellite spaces in Kyoto. The successive presentations will take place in two Polish cities: Poznań (as the main show of Poznań Art Week) and Szczecin (at TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art). The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive programme of events: performances, concerts, workshops, lectures and screenings of Polish animated films.
Celebration: Polish-Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition
Earlier, 2019 Kyotographie International Photography Festival will host an individual exhibition of Polish artist Weronika Gęsicka titled What a Wonderful World. In June, the residents of Kyoto will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Polish poster and design at the exhibition held in the Museum of the Kyoto Institute of Technology.
Another highlight of our presentation of contemporary art will be the exhibition held in August in the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. It will feature the achievements of Polish artists in the field of video art. The event will be an opportunity to get acquainted with the history of the Polish video art through works of such artists as Ewa Partum or Natalia LL, and with the most interesting representatives of the younger generation: Agnieszka Polska, Karolina Breguła and Honorata Martin.
Weronika Gęsicka's Exhibition at Kyotographie 2019
Chopin & Co: Music Events
The celebration of the centenary of establishing Polish-Japanese diplomatic relations wouldn’t be complete without the series of music events. The first of them took place early this year at TPAM – Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, where the duo of Gerard Lebik and Ryoko Akama presented their sound performance.
The Polish programme organised by Japan Arts promises to be truly spectacular with the tour of the Warsaw Philharmonic, concerts under the baton of Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki and recitals of the winners of the International Chopin Piano Competition: Krystian Zimerman, Rafał Blechacz and Seong-Jin Cho. All of them will be presented in the largest and most prestigious concert halls in Japan.
The fascination of the Japanese audience with Fryderyk Chopin and his music will be reflected in our cultural programme in the form of a traveling exhibition which will open in October 2019 in Kobe, and in early 2020 will visit Fukuoka and Tokyo.
Additionally, for world music lovers we have prepared the tour of the Janusz Prusinowski Kompania coming up in June. The musicians will not only play concerts, but also hold Polish mazurka workshops for the Japanese audience.
Theatre for Adults & Kids
The Polish theatre season in Japan will open in May with Janek Turkowski’s worldwide successful show Margarete which will be staged at the Rohm Theatre in Kyoto. The end of July will see presentations of performances for the youngest viewers. The International Theater Festival Okinawa for Young Audiences (ricca ricca*festa) will present a Polish Focus and a series of special events introducing Poland to younger audiences.
Turkowski’s Margarete Opens Polish Cultural Programme in Kyoto
Autumn will definitely be a theatre-rich season with two Polish-Japanese performances. The main event will be a joint production of Festival / Tokyo and TR Warszawa Theatre Always Coming Home (working title). This theatrical interpretation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s novel draws the viewers’ attention to the problem of identity. The show will open this year's Festival / Tokyo, and eventually will be included in the TR Warszawa’s permanent repertoire.
Film & Club Events
The event probably most eagerly anticipated by the Japanese filmgoers is another edition of the Poland Film Festival, held annually in November in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and other cities since 2012. Every year the festival presents both classics of Polish cinema and the latest productions from Poland.
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Also in autumn, residents of Tokyo will have the opportunity to get to know the hottest trends in Polish culture, design and lifestyle at the Poland! Poland! Poland! Festival, which will be held in the heart of the famous Shibuya district.
As part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan several other events are also planned. Detailed programme can be found on the website of the Polish Institute in Tokyo:
Events organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan are supported by:
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Source: press materials, originally written in Polish, translated by AW, 20 Apr 2019