Yakumo International Theatre Festival (八雲国際演劇祭)



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Country and Region JapanShimane
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Yakumo, Matsue city, Shimane prefecture, Japan
Festival Contact Information

Yakumo International Theatre Festival
481-1 Hirahara
Yakumo, Matsue
Shimane 690-2105
Japan
Phone: +81 852 54 2400
Fax: +81 852 54 2411
Email: admin@yitf.org

Festival Description

The Yakumo International Theatre Festival (YITF) is an amateur theatre festival held once every three years in the small town of Yakumo, an area of abundant nature and scenic beauty. Five top theatre groups from around the world are invited to perform in the contest section of the festival. There are also special performances for both adults and children to enjoy, gala events offering opportunities for exchange between visitors and local residents, and a festival market selling local crafts.

The festival is planned by local residents, Ashibue Non-Profit Organization and the Matsue City Administration, and is run by volunteers who start preparing for the festival at least a year in advance to ensure that all visitors are given the warmest of welcomes. The festival is well known for it’s hospitality, and those who have participated in previous festivals say the warmth and hospitality of the volunteers and the high level of performances makes for an unforgettable experience.

Festival Dates November 2010
Festival Links

http://www.yitf.org/

Festival Story:

After a whirlwind of excitement and energy a quiet hush has fallen over the late autumn hills of Yakumo. From November 21st to 25th, this sleepy little town of 7000 people was put on the world stage as it hosted the 3rd Yakumo International Theatre Festival to a great success. We welcomed Al–Khareef Theatre Company from Syria, Les Enfants Terribles from France, Theatre Company DOMO from Korea, Altoona Community Theatre from the USA and Textoteatro from Venezuela to participate in the Contest Section, and Stephenville Theatre Festival from Canada, Jonna Theatre from Belgium, Poi Ching School Opera Group from Singapore, Tsuchie Children’s Kagura Group from Shimane, Japan and Ashibue, who are based in Yakumo, to participate in the Special Performance section. We also welcomed observers and adjudicators from Canada, Singapore, the USA and Japan.

The festival started with the Opening Ceremony, which was followed by a music show of traditional Newfoundland folk songs from the Stephenville Theatre Festival. The next day Ashibue took to the stage and performed their classic ‘Gauche the Cellist’ to a packed house. Over the next three days the contest performances took place (winners are listed below!) and the children from Singapore and Japan stunned everyone with their marvelous traditional Chinese Opera and Japanese Kagura, showing great maturity and focus despite their young ages. On the final day after a side-splitting performance from Clown Jonas of Belgium, the Awards & Closing Ceremony got off to a thunderous start with some traditional Japanese drumming which really set the mood for this impressive and emotionally charged evening.

There were some emotional goodbyes at the Sayonara Gala Party and also the next morning as the theatre groups left their host families and the 400 volunteer staff who had worked so hard for over a year to make their stay an unforgettable one. We all look forward to meeting our newfound friends from around the world again, and look forward to sharing the joys of theatre with people from around the world at the 4th YITF in 2010! See you there!

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Festival Events:

Award winners 2007:
  • Outstanding Production
    • Theatre Company DOMO ‘Nightmare’, (Korea)
  • People’s Choice Award
    • Textoteatro ‘Wet Dog Waiting’ (Venezuela)
  • Outstanding Technical Performance
    • Altoona Community Theatre ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (USA)
  • Outstanding Direction
    • Hwang Woon ki, Theatre Company DOMO (Korea)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor
    • Ramez Alaswad, Al-Khareef (Syria)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress
    • Muriel Solatges, Les Enfants Terribles (France)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor
    • Kang Jun Hwan, Theatre Company DOMO (Korea)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress
    • Melanie Cervellon, Les Enfants Terribles (France)
Festival events:
  • Contest Performances
    Five top amateur theatre groups from around the world give two back-to-back performances of their productions which are judged by three professional adjudicators. Prizes are awarded to the best participants.
  • Special Performances
    Special performances that can be enjoyed by both adults and children are also given, making an ideal day out for all the family.
  • Additional Events
    There is also an Opening Ceremony, an Awards & Closing Ceremony, performances for school children, parties, critiques, a Kid’s Corner and a festival market selling local souvenirs and crafts.
  • For details of the 3rd YITF events please see the Festival Story section.

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Practical Info:

Ticket information:
  • Tickets will be on sale at Shiinomi Theatre from September 20, 2007.

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