Australian Embassy

Previous Events 2016


Australian Artists competing in the Sapporo Snow Festival

4-8 February 2016

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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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 

9 February: Sensaround at Yellow Vision, Tokyo
Alister Spence, Raymond McDonald and Shoeb Ahmad 

11 February: Sensaround at Valentine Drive, Nagoya
Alister Spence, Raymond McDonald and Shoeb Ahmad

12 February: Sensaround at Urbanguild, Kyoto
Alister Spence, Raymond McDonald and Shoeb Ahmad 

13 February: Sensaround at Guggenheim House, Kobe
Alister Spence, Raymond McDonald and Shoeb Ahmad

14 February: Sensaround at Pepperland, Okayama
Alister Spence, Raymond McDonald and Shoeb Ahmad

16 February: Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe with Alister Spence and Raymond MacDonald at Big Apple, Kobe. 

17 February: Satoko Fujii Orchestra Nagoya with Alister Spence and Raymond MacDonald at Tokuzo, Kobe 

18 February: Alister Spence and Satoko Fujii(pianos) solo/duo concert at Koendori Classics, Shibuya, Tokyo

21 February: Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo with Alister Spence and Raymond MacDonald at Pit Inn, Tokyo  


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

20-24 February 2016

20-21 February: Saravah

23 February: Urban Guild  

24 February: Tokuzo 


'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. 

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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

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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.

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

 27 February 2016
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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
Open Studio “recently my eyes” :27 – 29 April 2016

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Jordan Madge:
Artist-in-Residence :1 April – 30 April 2016

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Open Studio “Shokai” :27 – 29 April 2016

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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.

Venue: Hillside Banquet, Daikanyama
Date/Time: 4 March 2016 19:00-21:30

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


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

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13 March: Australia-Japan friendship special collaboration (GG Salon)

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17 March: “The Rose, the Butterfly, the Bee & the Moth” Artbook concert (SMS no.192 Minami-Azabu lunchtime concert)-collaboration of contemporary Australian artists 

20 March: “The Rose, the Butterfly, the Bee & the Moth” Artbook concert presented by Ichikawa Grace Church-collaboration of contemporary Australian artists  

21 March: “mimi duo @The Glee Monday Classic!!” 

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23 March: Nippon Foundation lunchtime concert “The Rose, the Butterfly, the Bee & the Moth” Artbook concert-collaboration of contemporary Australian artists 


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

19 March 2016-

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

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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.

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


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.


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

Exhibition at Toyama Glass Art Museum : 17-18 May 2016


'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)

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'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


Tame Impala Japan tour

25-26 April 2016

25 April 2016: ZEPP TOKYO
26 April 2016: Namba Hatch



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


"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

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
4-5 April 2016

Aichi Arts Center 
Aichi Mini Theatre selection
7-8 May 2016


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: 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”


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.  

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MARS Gallery at Art Fair Tokyo 2016

12 May-16 May 2016

Participating Artists: Daniel Agdag / Anne Judell


HIATUS KAIYOTE Japan tour 2016

22-26 May 2016
23 May  Nagoya Blue Note
25-26 May 2016 Blue Note Tokyo
[1st stage] doors open 5:30pm, start 6:30pm
[2nd stage] doors open 8:20pm, start 9:00pm

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

27 May 2016

Time: 15:00-19:00 

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

30 May 2016


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 to June 26.

■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


The 37th Australia-Japan Joint Seminar

4 June-5 June 2016

Venue: Hachioji Seminar House


'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

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

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

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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
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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

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Asian Producers’ Platform CAMP


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

9 July 2016

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16-24 July 2016

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.


Erth's "Dinosaur Zoo" Japan tour

16 July-28 August 2016


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

16 July-25 September 2016

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<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.

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


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

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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

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                     

KYOTO Exhibition  26 August-4 September 2016   Artzone Kaguraoka   

OSAKA Exhibition 9-21 September                               GALLEY IROHANI         


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

30 July 2016-9 January 2017

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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


'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


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

(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)

(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

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Leonie Andrews's Artist-in-Residence and Open Studio at Youkobo Art Space

1 September-30 October 2016

★Opening Reception
 28th 18:00-20:00

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Paul Grabowsky Quartet at Australian Jazz Journey 2016

3-11 September 2016

3 September 2016 Tokyo Jazz <the PLAZA> 20:00-20:45

4 September 2016 <the CLUB> @ COTTON CLUB

10 September 2016  Iwate Jazz 2016 ACT/1

11 September 2016  Iwate Jazz talk session


Oron Catts at Kenpoku Art 2016

17 September–20 November 2016


Ken and Julia Yonetani at Kenpoku Art 2016

17 September–20 November 2016                          


Western Australian artists at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum

18 September 2016


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

will be performed in Tokyo

22-25 September 2016


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

Planning / Production by The Chiheisen (The Horizon)   


'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


'One Road: The World of Contemporary Aboriginal Art' exhibition at Ichihara Lakeside Museum

1 October 2016-9 January 2017

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



Australian artists at Awaji Art Circus 2016

1-30 October 2016


Contemporary dance company DANCENORTH to hold a performance "SPECTRA"

1-12 October 2016

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Australian artists at the Artist in Residence Fellowship Program 2016 of Akiyoshidai International Art Village      

2-29 October 2016

Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen

22-28 October 2016 'Soundscapes - Drawing and Listening Workshop'

Georgia Taylor-Berry & Kim Johnson

22 October -13November 2016 'Through Cities: Australia to Japan' exhibition


Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan's work "Here, There, Everywhere: Project Another Country -Dap-Pay-" at the Setouchi Triennale

8 October-6 November 2016


Australian Association of Japan  Kansai meeting

15 October 2016

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Joe Talia and Darren Moore at Super Deluxe's 'Test Tone Presents JOLT:DAY ONE'

4 November 2016


Australia House autumn gathering

5-6 November 2016


Australian Association of Japan special presentation on Australian tourism

19 November 2016


Judy Annear at symposium 'Why Are Photography Museums Necessary?' at Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

23-27 November 2016

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Simone Young to conduct "Ariadne auf Naxos" performed by Tokyo Nikikai

23-27 November 2016

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‘Decibel New Music Ensemble’ and ‘BINARY’ at Tokyo Wonder Site's OPEN SITE 2016-2017 program

9 -10 December 2016 and 16-17 December 2016


Air Supply concerts at Billboard Live Tokyo andOsaka

13–15 December 2016

Billboard Live TOKYO:13-14 December

Billboard Live OSAKA:15 December


THE NECKS Japan tour

14–17 December 2016

■Tokyo: 14 December 2016
Venue:WWW X (Shibuya)

■Osaka 15 December 2016
Venue:CONPASS (Shinsaibashi)

■Shiga 17 December 2016

Supported byAesop

The Necks Official website


Canberra - Toyama  Australia-Japan Reciprocal Residency Program 2016:  'TAKEYOSHI MITSUI EXHIBITION - Thawing into silence -'

21-26 December 2016

Opening & Talk event: 21  December 2016    5.00pm - 6.00pm
Exhibition: 22-26 December 2016    11.00pm - 5.00pm*    *Close at 3.00pm on 26 December


Western Australian Youth Orchestra in Concert

22 December 2016

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