Earth Celebration (アース・セレブレーション)



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Country and Region JapanNiigata
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Festival Contact Information

Earth Celebration
148-1 Ogi Kanetashinden
Sado-shi
Niigata 952-0611
Japan
Phone: (81) (0) 259-814100
Fax: (81) (0) 259-863631
Email: ec-info@kodo.or.jp

Festival Description

For the past 22 years, under the collective organization of “the Earth Celebration Committee,” Kodo and the people of Sado Island have worked together to create an event that preserves traditional culture as it celebrates new expressions, an environment where people of the world are united through art and music, and a testing ground for the exploration of sustainable living practices and international understanding.

In 2009, in recognition of the organization’s “notable contribution to the promotion of Japanese traditional culture and to the revitalization of the local community,” the Earth Celebration Committee was awarded the Tiffany Foundation Award for the Preservation of Japanese Traditional Arts and Culture in Contemporary Society.

Festival Dates August 19 - 21, 2011
Festival Links

http://www.kodo.or.jp/ec/

Festival Story:

For the past 22 years, under the collective organization of “the Earth Celebration Committee,” Kodo and the people of Sado Island have worked together to create an event that preserves traditional culture as it celebrates new expressions, an environment where people of the world are united through art and music, and a testing ground for the exploration of sustainable living practices and international understanding. This year, in recognition of the organization’s “notable contribution to the promotion of Japanese traditional culture and to the revitalization of the local community,” the Earth Celebration Committee was awarded the Tiffany Foundation Award for the Preservation of Japanese Traditional Arts and Culture in Contemporary Society. Representatives of the EC Committee accepted the award at a gala award ceremony held at Aoyama Baisouin Temple on June 26 where Yoshikazu Fujimoto and Motofumi Yamaguchi of Kodo performed live on stage for dozens of esteemed guests.

In addition to the main stage performances in Shiroyama Park, Earth Celebration will also offer hands-on workshops led by invited artists and numerous free performances on the always-popular “fringe” stage. Special EC-related concerts held on August 22 (Sat) and 23 (Sun) will showcase the traditional performing arts of Kyogen and Noh Theater on two of the island’s famous Noh stages. For more information about additional events, travel and accommodations et al, see the Earth Celebration website at

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Festival Events:

Programming:
  • The Shiroyama Concerts, Earth Celebration’s (EC) main concert events, take place up on the hill in Shiroyama Park’s lush green surroundings. A star-filled sky and the chirp of cicadas complete this natural outdoor arena. What better place to celebrate the earth?
  • The Earth Celebration Website from May 2011
    http://www.kodo.or.jp/ec/

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