Australian Embassy

Events 2017

Waseda University Theatre Public Lecture  "Learning from an Australian play 'Norm and Ahmed'                
- a warning into the age of intolerance”

21 January 2017

1pm-6pm  Lecture by Prof Keiji Sawada, Waseda University followed by a Public Rehearsal and Discussion Session

Venue: Sengawa Theatre

Free Admission


The Australian Brandenburg String Quartet concert

22 January 2017

Time: 14:30-

Venue: La Lyre


Orbiturtle, a collaboration unit from Japan and Australia featuring Michiyo Yagi

22 January 2017


CCA Sound Workshop LIVE with Oren Ambarchi

26 January 2017

Venue:Playhouse, Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center


Call for participation: Australia House Residency Program 2017

1 February - 15 March 2017

Australia House is calling for participants for the Residency Program 2017. This year, not only visual artists but also performance artists, writers, researchers, art educators and people of all art forms are encouraged to apply

Application deadline: 15 March 2017

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Alex Buzo's "Norm and Ahmed" reading performance at Sengawa Theatre 

10-12 February 2017


Gabriella Mangano & Silvana Mangano at the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2017

10- 26 February 2017

Exhibit-related performance: 17:30 - 18:00 on 10, 11, 12 February

Site: 2F Lobby, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2017

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Gabriella Mangano & Silvana Mangano


Jessica Watts first solo show in Tokyo

18 February - 5 March 2017

Venue: Bunkamura Gallery

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Gallery talk
date/time: 25 February 14:00 -
venue: Bunkamura Gallery

Jessica Watts


Australian Pharmacy Lecture Series by Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Sciences

9 March 2017

Workshop for Japanese Politicians: Pharmacists' Efforts towards No Counterfeit Medicine Practice in Australian Pharmacy

Time: 11:30-13:00

Venue: House of Representatives (Shugiin Daiichi Kaikan) B1F 5th Conference Room
Seminar/Q&A session by Dr Lyn Tood, former Business Development Manager of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

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Training seminar for Pharmacists in Japan: 'Development and Improvement Process for Continuing Professional Education on Community Pharmacists in Australia'

Time: 18:00 – 21:00

Venue: Kanagawa-ken (神奈川県総合薬事保健センター)
Seminar/Q&A session by Dr Lyn Tood, former Business Development Manager of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

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Japan debut by Australian singer songwriter / keyboard player, Jordan Rakei

14 - 15 March 2017




ANDO GALLERY will exhibit works of Australian artist, Shonah Trescott at ART FAIR TOKYO 2017

16 - 19 March 2017


Shonah Trescott


Ken + Julia Yonetani’s solo exhibition “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

22 February – 25 March 2017

Reference image

©YONETANI Ken + Julia
Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery

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Open Studio of Australian artist, Nicola Moss at Youkobo Art Space

22 - 26 March 2017

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Nicola Moss

Supported by The Regional Arts Development Fund.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.


"Asian Tradition/Asian Contemporary 2017-Mysterious instrument from Australia - Didgeridoo" at Sogakudo Concert Hall

29  March 2017

Three Australian composers - Johanna Selleck, Andrian Pertout and Bruce Crossman- and Didgeridoo player, Namatjira Morgan to participate.

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Australian movie "Lion" release in Japan

7 April 2017 -

In TOHO cinemas Miyukiza etc., and all Japan Roadshow

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Australian movie "Lion" release in Japan

7 April 2017 -

In TOHO cinemas Miyukiza etc., and all Japan Roadshow

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Australian sonic arts production, JOLT presents “THE BOOK OF DAUGHTERS”

13 - 14 April 2017

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facebook (JOLT) 


Working Holiday Seminar: ‘Cultivating globally minded human resources and Working Holiday’

17 April 2017

Time: 13:00 –

Venue: Japan Association for Working Holiday Makers, Tokyo Head Office

Seminar by Dr Takeshi Hamamura of Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia

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Display of panels of the Toshima film production project based on Australian screen literacy education

17-23 April 2017

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Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens team to play in Kitakyushu 

22 - 23 April 2017

Japan will host the next round of the HSBC Women's Sevens World Series at Mikuni World Stadium, Kitakyushu, featuring Australia’s Olympic Gold Medal team. 

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25 April 2017

The ANZAC Day commemorations this year will be held at the Hodogaya Commonwealth War Cemetery in Yokohama on Tuesday 25 April, starting at 09:00 and finishing at 10:00. 

It will involve a small service and wreath laying ceremony at both the Australian and New Zealand / Canadian sections of the cemetery.

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Sarah McKenzie at Blue Note Japan

27 - 28 April 2017

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Australian girls’ team, Aranmore Catholic College will compete in the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament 2017

28 April - 5 May 2017

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

7 April – 7 May 2017

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

Kushiro City Museum of Art website


"Captain Cook’s Voyage and BANKS’ FLORILEGIUM" exhibition at the Iwami Art Museum

22 April - 26 June 2017

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Australian glass artist, Sui Jackson’s exhibition "Blossom Season" at the Toyama Glass Art Museum

11 – 14 May 2017

Gallery talk: 5.30pm – 6.30pm, 11 May 2017

Toyama Glass Art Museum


The Australia and New Zealand Literacy Society of Japan’s 2017 spring research convention 

20 May 2017

Venue: Meisei University, Hino Campus Building No. 26  Room 510 MAP 

Time: 2pm - 5pm   (Open: 1.30pm)

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The Australia and New Zealand Literacy Society of Japan


Mulga the Artist at Greenroom Festival 2017

20 - 21 May 2017

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Mulga the Artist


The 38th Australia-Japan Joint Seminar  ( Hachioji Seminar )

3 – 4 June 2017

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Australian Studies Association of Japan “The 2017 Annual Conference Program”

17 - 18 June 2017

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Australian Studies Association of Japan facebook 


Agatha Gothe-Snape showcased at Mori Art Museum's "MAM Project 023"

4 February - 11 June 2017

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Australian author, Christy Collins, will complete a writers' residency in Sapporo

22 March – 13 June 2017

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Christy Collins



Liam Mugavin to participate in the Australia House Residency Program 2017

31 May - 20 June 2017

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Australian films at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2017

1 -  25 June 2017

'Kill Off' by Genevieve Clay-Smith/14:46/Australia/Comedy/2016

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Australian short films:

Kill Off

Big City  



Leroy's Dream


Hugh Davies exhibition “Fanology” at Studio Kura

24-25 June 2017

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Maestro Simone Young with the Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and Osaka

17 - 26 June 2017

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Simone Young


"Fanology" exhibition by Hugh Davies at Studio Kura

24-25 June 2017

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Hugh Davis


Australian Dinosaur Puppet Performance “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo”  

15 July - 7 September 2017

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Public Seminar: Center for Pacific and American Studies, The University of Tokyo

12 July 2017

David Carter, Visiting Professor, CPAS, (Professor, the University of Queensland)

"Bourdieu in Bondi?: Culture, Class and Distinction in Contemporary Australia"

Venue: Room 208, Building 14, Komaba Campus, The University of Tokyo

Time: 18:30-20:00



James Tapscott showcased at Japan Alps Art Festival 2017

4 June - 30 July 2017

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James Tapscott


Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan showcased at Japan Alps Art Festival 2017

4 June - 30 July 2017

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Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan


Simryn Gill's work at "Sunshower; Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now" exhibition

5 July - 23 October 2017

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Australian dancer Steven McRae to lead Ballet Supreme gala in Tokyo

26-30 July 2017

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Madelaine Dickie's Artist-in-Residence and Open Studio at Youkobo Art Space

1 June-31 July 2017

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Talk event by Madelaine Dickie


The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik:Deep Sea Explorer in Aichi

31 July -11 August 2017

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31 July - 1 August:Aichi Arts Center

3 August:Kariyado Hall (Handa city)

6 August:Windia Hall (Tokyokawa city)

9 August: Chiryu Public Theater (Chiryu city)

11 August: Nagoya Bunri University Culture Forum (Inazawa city)

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer by The Last Great Hunt

“Toshima Cineliteracy Project 2017” based on Australian screen literacy education by LITERACY Lab

2 August - 15 October 2017

Australia House Summer Program 2017

11 August 2017

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Live performance by Australia-based jazz musician "DEREB THE AMBASSADOR Japan Tour"

4 - 10 August 2017

4 August Akasaka Civic Hall (Japanese)

6 August CAY 

10 August SARAVAH Tokyo 


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The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik:Deep Sea Explorer at KAAT

16 - 17 August 2017

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Jeff Lang's new CD "Alone In Bad Company" released in Japan

30 August 2017

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Jeff Lang


Paul Grabowsky Japan tour 2017

1 - 10 September 2017


16th Tokyo JAZZ Festival

1 September <the CLUB> @WWW 19:45 start (18:45 doors open)

9月2日 <JAZZ at the NOH THEATRE> @Cerulean Tower Noh Theatre : JAZZ x WA project - Paul Grabowsky with Kazuki Nakamura

9月10日 Iwate Jazz Festival 2017

Paul Grabowsky


Alister Spence in Japan

4-13 September 2017

3 September  Knuttelhouse

4 September  Koen-Dori Classics

6 September  K.D.Japon

7 September intelsat

9 September Umeda ALWAYS

10 September Kobe Live Spot Big Apple

12 September Knuttelhouse

13 September Tokyo Jazz Art Sengawa 2017

Alister Spence


Babaganouj Japan Tour 2017

1 - 8 October 2017

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Australian publishing company, Perimeter Editions will be exhibited at TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR 2017

5 - 8 October 2017

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Perimeter Editions


Australia-Japan Writer's Forum - Book Launch for "That Deadman Dance"  with Author Kim Scott  

14 October 2017

The Japanese translation of “That Deadman Dance” by Kim Scott was released in May 2017 as the fifth book of the Masterpieces of Australian Contemporary Literature Series. Kim Scott is the first Indigenous Australian to win Australia’s most prestigious literary award, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, in 1999 with his novel, “Benang”, and again with “That Deadman Dance” in 2010.

To celebrate the launch of his book, Gendaikikakushitsu publishing and The Japan P.E.N.Club will host an 'Australia-Japan Writer's Forum' - Kim Scott will speak about his book and his work indigenous communities.  Two prominent Japanese writers, Ms Akiko Shimoju and Mr Masaaki Nishiki will then join Kim Scott and talk about the Australian culture and literature, and the role literature plays in multicultural societies.

Date/Time: Saturday 14 October 19:00-21:00
Admission: 500yen, (Consecutive Interpreting)
Venue: Tokyo Women's Plaza Hall (5-53-67 Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0001)
Registration: Please email your name and any accompanying guest's name to with the Subject: Australia-Japan Writer's Forum Registration. *Please inform the organiser if you need English headphones.

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Immigration Museum: Australia-Japan dialogue on the enhancement of cultural diversity

15 October 2017

Public Symposium at Tokyo University of Arts (Simultaneous interpreting)

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Australian movie will be played at “Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2017 Autumn Screening”

16 – 22 October 2017

“Big City”


Screening of "Sweet Country" at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2017

29 October and 1 November 2017

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Mika Nakamura-Mather's work at the Trolls in the Park 2017

3 - 23 November 2017

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Otemon Gakuin University Australia Library – Didjeridu workshop and concert

4 November 2017

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Australia House Gathering 2017 Autumn

5 November 2017

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TV program "Iron Chef All Stars in Sydney Opera House" to be broadcasted on BS Fuji channel

5 November 2017

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Heather B. Swann's work to be exhibited as part of the OPEN STUDIO 2017-2018/November of the Tokyo Arts and Space Residency

10-12 November 2017

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Heather B. Swann


Hugh Davis to take part in the OPEN STUDIO 2017-2018/November at the Tokyo Arts and Space Residency

10-12 November 2017

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Hugh Davis


Australian artist, Polydesign Studio will be exhibited at Design Festa

11 -12 November 2017

Design Festa

Polydesign Studio


2017 Kyoto Prize Commemorative Event - Australian Embassy

17 November 2017

 Translating Research into Policy: Perspectives on making a policy impact from scientific specialisation

Prof Graham Farquhar AO, 2017 Kyoto Prize Laureate in discussion with
Prof Atsushi Sunami, National Graduate Insititute for Policy Studies

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Mika Nakamura-Mather's exhibition at Youkoubo Art Space

17 - 26 November 2017

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Louis Lim  at the “RPS Photobook Masterclass 2017” workshop

1 – 17 December 2017

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Australian bassist Linda Oh performances in Japan

8 - 17 December 2017

8 December Life Time (Shizuoka)

9 December Shinjuku Pit Inn (Tokyo)

10 December Star Eyes (Nagoya)

11 December le club jazz (Kyoto)

14 December Life Time (Shizuoka)

15 December Body & Soul (Tokyo)

16 December Musashino Swing Hall (Tokyo)

17 December Studio Pit Inn (Tokyo)


Symposium: Australia, Japan and Southeast Asia: Tenth Anniversary of the Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation

11 December 2017

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Australia-Japan Foundation Distinguished Scholars Lecture and Round Table Series:

“Sharing Insights on International Affairs”

14 December 2017

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Exhibition of Reciprocal Residency 2017 between Canberra Glassworks and Toyama Glass Studio: "Drawing of Space" by Ayano Yoshizumi

21 – 25 December 2017

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