Australian Embassy
Tokyo
Japan

Events 2016

Australian Artists competing in the Sapporo Snow Festival

 

A team of artists has been selected to represent Australia at the Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido. Artists Randall Sinnamon, Scott Sheehan and Scott Bowman will take part in the 43rd International Snow Sculpture Contest.

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The 2016 Australian Snow Sculpture team  

Daily updates from Snow Festival  

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Sensaround Japan Tour 2016/ Alister Spence with Satoko Fujii Orchestra

8-21 February 2016

8 February: Sensaround at Pit Inn, Tokyo
Alister Spence, Raymond McDonald and Shoeb Ahmad with Special guest Michiyo Yagi
http://www.pit-inn.com/  

9 February: Sensaround at Yellow Vision, Tokyo
Alister Spence, Raymond McDonald and Shoeb Ahmad
http://www.yellowvision.jp/  

11 February: Sensaround at Valentine Drive, Nagoya
Alister Spence, Raymond McDonald and Shoeb Ahmad
http://valentinedrive.com/  

12 February: Sensaround at Urbanguild, Kyoto
Alister Spence, Raymond McDonald and Shoeb Ahmad
http://www.urbanguild.net  

13 February: Sensaround at Guggenheim House, Kobe
Alister Spence, Raymond McDonald and Shoeb Ahmad
http://www.nedogu.com/  

14 February: Sensaround at Pepperland, Okayama
Alister Spence, Raymond McDonald and Shoeb Ahmad
http://www.pepperland.net/  

16 February: Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe with Alister Spence and Raymond MacDonald at Big Apple, Kobe.
http://www.geocities.jp/kbigapple/  

17 February: Satoko Fujii Orchestra Nagoya with Alister Spence and Raymond MacDonald at Tokuzo, Kobe
http://www.tokuzo.com/  

18 February: Alister Spence and Satoko Fujii(pianos) solo/duo concert at Koendori Classics, Shibuya, Tokyo
http://www.k-classics.net/  

21 February: Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo with Alister Spence and Raymond MacDonald at Pit Inn, Tokyo
http://www.pit-inn.com/  

Alister Spence
Facebook Page  
website  

 

Australian singer Melissa Oliveira performs with new project Mn’JAM experiment in Japan

20-24 February 2016
 

20-21 February: Saravah
http://l-amusee.com/saravah/schedule_en/201602.php  

23 February: Urban Guild
http://www.urbanguild.net/event/events.html  

24 February: Tokuzo
http://www.tokuzo.com/schedule/2016/02/224mnjam-experiment.php  

Melissa Oliveira
Facebook Page  
website  

 

Feminist Fan in Japan and Friends

20-26 February 2016
 

Curated by Kate Just(Youkobo Art Space Resident Artist)
Participating Artists: Kate Just, Kotoe Ishii, Kasumi Iwama, Yoshiko Shimada and others. 

http://www.youkobo.co.jp/exhibition_events/2016/01/feminist-fan-in-japan-and-friends.html  

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Australia-based artist Anie Nheu 's Artist-in-Residence and Open Studio at Youkobo Art Space

20-26 February 2016
 

“Liquid, Paper and the Space in Between”
★OPENING PARTY 20th Feb 18:00-20:00

http://www.youkobo.co.jp/exhibition_events/2016/02/liquid-paper-and-the-space-in-between.html  

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Strangerland - The mysterious film that is set in outback Australia starring Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving

27 February 2016-

Australian film “Strangerland”will start showing late in February 2016.

http://nijihebi.com/  

 

Australian movie〝The Water Diviner″directed by Russell Crowe release in Japan

 27 February 2016
 

http://diviner-movie.jp/ 

 

Julia McInerney & Jordan Madge's Artist-in-Residence and Open Studio at Youkobo Art Space

1 March – 30 April 2016

Artist-in-Residence:1 March – 30 April 2016
Open Studio :27 – 29 April 2016
Artist Talk & Party:27 April 2016 18:00-20:00

 

Julia McInerney
Artist-in-Residence :1 March – 30 April 2016
http://www.youkobo.co.jp/en/air/2016/03/-julia-mcinerney.html
Open Studio “recently my eyes” :27 – 29 April 2016
http://www.youkobo.co.jp/en/exhibition_events/2016/04/recently-my-eyes-by-julia.html

Jordan Madge:
Artist-in-Residence :1 April – 30 April 2016
http://www.youkobo.co.jp/en/air/2016/03/jordan-madge.html
Open Studio “Shokai” :27 – 29 April 2016
http://www.youkobo.co.jp/en/exhibition_events/2016/04/shokai.html

Youkobo
website
Facebook

Julia McInerney
Jordan Madge

 

Book Launch Event for 'The Secret River' with Author Kate Grenville

4-5 March 2016
 

‘The Secret River’ has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize (2006) and has won many awards including the Commonwealth Writers Prize (2006). It is one of Australia’s best-sellers introducing a family arriving in Australia in the early 19th Century and their encounter with the Aboriginal people.

Author Kate Grenville will be a guest speaker at the book launch event along with Ms Yukiko Konosu, a well-known translator of foreign literature. Ms Tomoko Ichitani, translator of the book, will moderate their discussion.

Details
Venue: Hillside Banquet, Daikanyama
Date/Time: 4 March 2016 19:00-21:30
Fee: JPY3,000 (includes fee for purchase of Japanese book)
Please RSVP to gendai@jca.apc.org

Details and Registration Form (Japanese)  

 

Japan PEN Club talk session with Kate Grenville

5 March 2016-

Time: 1pm-3pm
Venue: Japan PEN club 3rd floor conference room (20-3 Kabutocho Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Free admission / Consecutive interpretation
 
More about the event:   
http://www.japanpen.or.jp/news/35.html  

 

Perth, Australia’s mimi duo (piano & guitar duo) CD launch Japan tour- Setsu Masuda(piano), Duncan Gardiner(guitar)

11- 23 March 2016

 

11 March: Charity concert for 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster hosted by Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall-mimi duo as a guest artist from Australia
http://www.kawasaki-sym-hall.jp/calendar/detail.php?id=1738  

13 March: Australia-Japan friendship special collaboration (GG Salon)
http://www.masataka-hori.com/concert/detail.asp?id=37  

17 March: “The Rose, the Butterfly, the Bee & the Moth” Artbook concert (SMS no.192 Minami-Azabu lunchtime concert)-collaboration of contemporary Australian artists
http://www.centre-hall.com/lunchtime/lunchtime.cgi?pg=4  

20 March: “The Rose, the Butterfly, the Bee & the Moth” Artbook concert presented by Ichikawa Grace Church-collaboration of contemporary Australian artists  
http://ichikawagrace.com/201603chapelconcert.pdf  

21 March: “mimi duo @The Glee Monday Classic!!”
http://theglee.jp/live/5536/  

23 March: Nippon Foundation lunchtime concert “The Rose, the Butterfly, the Bee & the Moth” Artbook concert-collaboration of contemporary Australian artists 
http://blog.canpan.info/concert/archive/320  

mimi duo
Facebook Page  
website  

 

Screening of the movie "That Sugar Film" in Japan-

19th March 2016
 

Australian film director Damon Gamou visited Japan in March 2016 and took interviews.

http://www.amakunai-sugar.com/  

 

Snuff puppets to conduct Workshop and Performances at Setouchi Triennale 2016

21 March - 16 April 2016

Australian performing arts group Snuff Puppets will return to Setouchi this spring. As part of the Setouchi Triennale 2016, they will conduct workshops in Sakaide city and perform in Shamijima and Honjima.

Workshops
Date/Time: 21, 22, 25-29 March and 1-5 April 9:00-17:00
Venue: Sakaide city central community hall

Performances Date/Time:
9 April 17:00-
Venue: Nakanda beach, Shamijima

Date: 16 April
Venue: Honjima

More info: Setouchi Artfest Official Website

 

SONGS Special “Masaharu Fukuyama SONGLINE” : The first episode “What Makes People Sing?”

SONGS Special “Masaharu Fukuyama SONGLINE”
The first episode “What Makes People Sing?”
25 March 2016, 10:00 p.m.
NHK General TV

What makes people sing? What does music mean to humans?
Masaharu Fukuyama hosts the NHK special documentary series of 2016
Japanese singer-songwriter Masaharu Fukuyama travels to the birthplaces of music across the world.

The first episode, “What makes people sing?” explores the roots of songs.
Fukuyama first visited Arnhem Land, northern Australia. Arnhem Land is the so-called sacred place for the Aboriginal people, who settled in Australia more than 60,000 years ago. The Yolngu people in Arnhem Land are still living a nomadic, hunter gathering life. Their traditions and myth have been preserved through song. In this episode, Fukuyama visited a Yolngu family and stayed with them following their traditional lifestyle.
Fukuyama sang a song with his guitar for the 30-member Yolngu family, and the family performed a sacred rite for Fukuyama. A Japanese musician and the Yolngu people shared a great time through music beyond their language and cultural differences.

http://www6.nhk.or.jp/songs/program.html?fid=160325  

 

Asialink Reciprocal Residencies with Toyama Glass Studio and Canberra Glass Works 2016

8 April – 22 May 2016

John White is a visual artist based in Canberra Australia, working with stories of discovery and invention that have shaped and influenced our world throughout history. His work reflects the way his life has taken many paths through achievements in skilled-based trades, his practice grounded in the relationship between the artisan and tools of their trade and practices. The intention in his work is to highlight man’s wonder, creating objects that both express and evoke a sense of marvel. At Toyama Glass Studio, John will develop new works based on research into local inventions and innovations.

Residency in Toyama : 8 April – 22 May 2016
http://www.toyama-garasukobo.jp/

Exhibition at Toyama Glass Art Museum : 17 – 18 May 2016
http://toyama-glass-art-museum.jp/en/

John White
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Linda Dennis On Touch: Extend

23 April – 26 June 2016

“Linda Dennis Exhibition On Touch: Extend” at theYanagihara Yoshitatsu Memorial Gallery B & Inner Courtyard, Mie Prefectural Art Museum.

Open: 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Admission until 4:30 p.m.)
Closed: closed on Mondays, (open on May 2)

http://www.bunka.pref.mie.lg.jp/art-museum/000179366.htm

Linda Dennis
website

 

Linda Dennis Exhibition On Touch: Gather

23 April – 25 June 2016

“Linda Dennis Exhibition On Touch: Gather” at the SEA – FOLK MUSEUM, Toba, Mie Prefecture

9:00-17:00(Admission until 16:30)
Open everyday

SEA – FOLK MUSEUM
http://www.umihaku.com/

Linda Dennis
website

 

Tame Impala Japan tour

25 - 26 April 2016

25 April 2016: ZEPP TOKYO
26 April 2016: Namba Hatch
http://ynos.tv/hostessclub/schedule/20160425.html

 

Tame Impala
Japanese official website
Official website

 

SANIX WORLD RUGBY YOUTH TOURNAMENT 2016 will be held at GLOBAL ARENA in Fukuoka

28 April – 5 May 2016

Australian Boys’ Team, St Edmund’s College Canberra will compete in the tournament.

Boys’ team: 28 April – 5 May 2016
Girls’ team: 28 April – 29 April 2016

http://sanix-sports.info/rugby/english/

 

“It’s Dark Outside” presented by THE LAST GREAT HUNT

29 April – 8 May 2016

© Richard Jefferson

 

World Theatre Festival Shizuoka 2016
29 April – 1 May 2016
http://festival-shizuoka.jp/program/its-dark-outside/

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
ARTS PLANET 2016
4 – 5 April 2016
More info (available from late March)

Aichi Arts Center 
Aichi Mini Theatre selection
7 – 8 May 2016
More info (available from 1 March)

 

Australian Visiting Professor at the Centre for Pacific and American Studies, University of Tokyo will be giving a Public Seminar on 10 May 2016

10 May 2016

Date: Monday 10 May 2016
Time: 18:30-20:00
Venue: Room 208, 2 floor, Building 14, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo,
Seminar :“Still Photographs, Travelling Memories and Connected Histories of Civil Rights Movements in Australia and the US”

http://www.cpas.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/indexjpn.html

 

Asialink Residency with Raewyn Hill at Tokyo Wonder Site 2016

11 May – 27 July 2016

Artistic Director of Co3 Australia, Raewyn Hill to undertake a 12-week Asialink residency at Tokyo Wonder Site.  

http://co3.org.au/current/asialink-residency/

 

MARS Gallery at Art Fair Tokyo 2016

12 May - 16 May 2016

Participating Artists: Daniel Agdag / Anne Judell

http://artfairtokyo.com/galleries/529

MARS Gallery http://marsgallery.com.au/

Art Fair Tokyo http://artfairtokyo.com/en

 

HIATUS KAIYOTE Japan tour 2016

22 - 26 May 2016

GREENROOM FESTIVAL ’16
22 May
http://greenroom.jp/

Nagoya Blue Note
23 May
http://www.nagoya-bluenote.com/schedule/201605.html#0523

Blue Note Tokyo
25-26 May 2016
[1st stage] doors open 5:30pm, start 6:30pm
[2nd stage] doors open 8:20pm, start 9:00pm
http://www.bluenote.co.jp/jp/artists/hiatus-kaiyote/

HIATUS KAIYOTE
website
Facebook Page

 

Art, Culture, and Creative Society, Tokyo Conference -Mr. Carrillo Gantner AO as a guest speaker-

27 May 2016

Time: 15:00-19:00 

http://www.mecenat.or.jp/en/topics/758

http://tokyoconference.peatix.com

 

Bungalow Tour 2016 with Australia’s young superb tenor saxophonist Mike Rivett

30 May 2016

http://www.pit-inn.com/

 

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2016 Cinema Carnival ~Explore Your Emotions~

2 June – 26 June 2016

The 18th edition of Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA), Academy Awards® accredited and one of Asia’s largest international short film festivals, will be held from June 2 (Thu) to June 26 (Sun).

■Venues: <TOKYO> Omotesando Hills Space O, Laforet Museum Harajuku, SHIDDAX CULTURE HALL,
Andaz Tokyo Andaz Studio, iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futakotamagawa rise
<YOKOHAMA> Brillia Short Shorts Theater
*Screening dates vary according to venue. Dates are subject to change.
■Organizer: Committee for Short Shorts / Committee for Short Shorts Asia
■Tickets: Admission to screenings at Tokyo and Yokohama venues is free.
*Ticket fee applies to selected events only.

http://www.shortshorts.org/index-en.php

 

The 37th Australia-Japan Joint Seminar

4 June – 5 June 2016

Venue: Hachioji Seminar House

For details and registration:
http://www.wallabytrack.com
https://twitter.com/nichigo_seminar
https://www.facebook.com/nichigo.seminar

 

"One Road: The World of Contemporary Aboriginal Art" exhibition at the National Museum of Ethnology

9 June – 19 July 2016

Artists’ bush studio camp at Well 36 photograph by Tim Acker, 2007


Exhibition official website

Exhibition information on the National Museum of Australia's website

National Museum of Ethnology website

After the National Museum of Ethnology, the exhibition will tour to the Kagawa Museum (6 August – 19 September 2016), Ichihara Lakeside Museum (1 October 2016 – 9 January 2017) and Kushiro City Museum of Art (7 April – 7 May 2017).

 

The 27th Australian Studies Association Japan (ASAJ) Annual Conference 2016 at Wakayama University

11 – 12 June 2016
 

Date: Saturday 11 June – Sunday 12 June 2016
Venue: Wakayama University, Faculty of Tourism
Seminar: Special lecture by Australian Visiting Professor Maria Nugent at the Centre for Pacific and American Studies of University of Tokyo, Symposiums by Australia-Japan Foundation and other special events will be held. *Simultaneous interpretation

Supported by: Australia-Japan Foundation

http://australianstudies.jp/index_e.html 

 

Steven McRae from Australia to perform the title role in the Royal Ballet Japan tour 2016

16 - 26 June 2016

“Romeo and Juliet”           16 - 19 June 2016
“Giselle”                                  22 - 26 June 2016

http://www.nbs.or.jp/stages/2016/royalballet/index.html

NBS
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Australian delegation at Asian Producers’ Platform CAMP 2016

26 June - 2 July 2016

< participating producers from Australia >
Kate Ben-Tovim
Britt Guy
Jo Thomas
Jala Adolphus
Fenn Gordon
Dave Sleswick
Annette Shun Wah

http://onpam.net/?cat=51

http://www.asianproducersplatform.com/

 

Jeffrey Shaw to speak atInternational Symposium for Media Art “Art & Technology: Changing Times, Contemporary Trends, Future platforms”

9 July 2016

http://www.ntticc.or.jp/en/exhibitions/2016/art-and-technology-changing-times-contemporary-trends-future-platforms/

 

SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema Festival 2016

16-24 July 2016

http://www.skipcity-dcf.jp/en/index.html

http://www.skipcity-dcf.jp/en/films/films07.html

18 July 2016 14:00/17:30
21 July 2016

Official screening of “Tanna”,  co-produced movie between Australia and Vanuatu

*Carolyn Johnson, the Australian Producer will have a Q&A session after the official screening.

SKIP CITY Facebook page
SKIP CITY Twitter page

 

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Japan tour

16 July - 28 August 2016

Erth
website
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Facebook (Japanese)
Facebook Page

 

Benjamin Edols & Kathy Elliott "Light Marks" exhibition at the Toyama Glass Art Museum

16 July - 25 September 2016

http://toyama-glass-art-museum.jp/en/exhibition/light-marks/

<Related Events>

1.Artists Talk

17 July 2016 14:00 〜

2.Gallery talks with the curator

18, 30 July, 13, 27 August, 10, 24 September 14:00〜

 

Keg de Souza at Setouchi Triennale 2016

Summer 18 July- 4 September 2016
Autumn 8 October- 6 November 2016

 

Sydney based artist, Keg de Souza will conduct a residency and install a work in Kou, Teshima.

Setouchi Triennale 2016

Keg de Souza’s works on Teshima
“Abundance: Fruit of the Sea” / “Abundance: Bounty of the Mountains”

Keg de Souza
website
 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and the Australian Embassy Tokyo.

Supported by:

Joanna Bosse, Adam Liaw and Naomi Eller to participate in the Fukutake House Asia Art Platform project as part of the Setouchi Triennale 2016

Summer 18 July- 4 September 2016
Autumn 8 October- 6 November 2016

    

 

http://setouchi-artfest.jp/en/artworks-artists/artworks/shodoshima/52.html

http://fukutake-house.or.jp/

Naomi Eller

Adam Liaw

 

Showa University of Music Jazz Orchestra meets Western Australia Youth Jazz Orchestra at Mt. Fuji Kawaguchiko Music Festival 2016

24 July 2016

http://ongakusai.stellartheater.jp/2016/freeprogram/

http://www.tosei-showa-music.ac.jp/event/20160724-00000238.html

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Insite Arts International to present “SAND SONG” at ricca ricca*festa (International Theater Festival OKINAWA for Young Audiences) 2016

26-28 July 2016

http://2016eng.nuchigusui-fest.com/production-13-sand-song.php

http://2016eng.nuchigusui-fest.com/sand-song-workshop.php

Insite Arts International

 

The 1st TKO International Miniprint Exhibition 2016 

26 July - 21 September 2016

Cleo Wilkinson has received an Honorable Mention Prize at the 1st TKO International Miniprint Exhibition 2016.

TOKYO Exhibition 26 July - 14 August 2016                B-gallery                     www.Bgallery.info

KYOTO Exhibition  26 August - 4 September 2016   Artzone Kaguraoka    www.artzone-kaguraoka.com

OSAKA Exhibition 9 - 21 September                               GALLEY IROHANI         www.tcn.zaq.ne.jp/art/irohani/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-1st-TKO-International-Miniprint-Exhibition-2016-264808420535097/?fref=ts

 

Patricia Piccinini's work at the Mori Art Museum's "The Univers and Art" exhibition

30 July 2016 - 9 January 2017

http://www.mori.art.museum/english/contents/universe_art/index.html

Patricia Piccinini

 

Performance by《Murasaki Penguin》as  as a finalist for the TOYOTA Choreography Award 2016

6 August 2016

Murasaki Penguin is a long term interdisciplinary collaboration between Japanese dancer/choreographer Anna Kuroda and Australian sound and multimedia artist David Kirkpatrick. They will perform their current work ‘Window’ at Setagaya Public Theatre, Tokyo on 6August 2016.

TOYOTA Choreography Award

Setagaya Public Theatre

《Murasaki Penguin》

 

"One Road: The World of Contemporary Aboriginal Art" exhibition at the Kagawa Museum

6 August – 19 September

Artists’ bush studio camp at Well 36 photograph by Tim Acker, 2007


Exhibition official website

Exhibition information on the National Museum of Australia's website

The Kagawa Museum website

http://www.pref.kagawa.lg.jp/kmuseum/tenji/tokubetsuten/jikai/index.html

<Events>

(1)Opening symposium
Date/time: 14:00-16:00 6 August 2016
Venue: The Kagawa Museum Auditorium (B1F)
Registration required.

http://www.pref.kagawa.lg.jp/kmuseum/event/kouenkai/aborisinpo.html

(2) Workshop for primary school students
Date/time: 10:00-12:00/13:30-15:30 11 August 2016
Venue: The Kagawa Museum 2F west lobby (2F)
Registration required.
Fee: 300 yen

(3) Gallery talks by the curators
Date/time: 13:30-14:00 14 August, 4 September 2016
Venue: The Kagawa Museum Special exhibition gallery (2F)

After the Kagawa Museum, the exhibition will tour to the Ichihara Lakeside Museum (1 October 2016 – 9 January 2017) and Kushiro City Museum of Art (7 April – 7 May 2017).

 

HIATUS KAIYOTE music live performance at Blue Note Tokyo

22 August 2016

Venue: Blue Note Tokyo

[1st]Open5:30pm Start6:30pm [2nd]Open8:20pm Start9:00pm

http://www.bluenote.co.jp/jp/artists/hiatus-kaiyote/

http://www.facebook.com/BLUE.NOTE.TOKYO.official

HIATUS KAIYOTE
website
Facebook Page

 

Oron Catts at Kenpoku Art 2016

17 September – 20 November 2016

  http://kenpoku-art.jp/artists/oron-catts/

Ken and Julia Yonetani at Kenpoku Art 2016

17 September – 20 November 2016                          

https://kenpoku-art.jp/artists/ken-julia-yonetani/

 

 

"REDEMPTION" written by Joanna Murray-Smith, an Australian contemporary author

will be performed in Tokyo

22 - 25 September 2016

Schedule:

22 September 7:00pm

23 September 2:00pm / 7:00pm

24 September 2:00pm / 7:00pm

25 September 1:00pm* / 5:00pm *A talk show will be held by a translator / a director, Jun Ieda after the 1:00pm performance.)

Venue: Atelier Shunpusha http://www.seinendan.org/theater/shunpusha (in Japanese)

Planning / Production by The Chiheisen (The Horizon)    On-line reservation form: http://goo.gl/atKi6j

Enquiries  TEL: 070-6570-5728  nntdap@gmail.com

Twitter: @chiheisenTaro           Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theatre.chiheisen/

 

 

"DRAWING WATER" (DIG TOKYO 2016) - A cross-cultural exchange project

26 – 28 September 2016

An exchange project between students from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (QCA), Brisbane, Australia.

Exhibit schedule: 12:00pm – 6.00pm from 26 - 28 September 2016 

Closing Reception: Starts at 5:00pm on 28 September 2016

Venue: AIR 3331 Nishikicho Studio

Website: Facebook 

 

Contemporary dance company DANCENORTH to hold a performance "SPECTRA"<