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February 2014
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Noh and Butoh Take Centre Stage at NIDA
Richard Emmert performing Noh
A week-long exploration of Japanese performance kicks off next week at Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), supported by The Japan Foundation, Sydney and the Japanese Film Festival. The program features free screenings of performance footage and documentaries from Monday through to Friday (10-14 February), and culminates in a series of talks, demonstrations and discussions on Saturday, 15 February. The talks program brings together an amazing line-up of local and international academics and practitioners and offers a rare opportunity to gain insight into some of Japan's most fascinating performance traditions. Don't miss it!
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The Wind Rises still
The Wind Rises
You've probably heard the whispers and yes, they're true: Studio Ghibli's legendary Hayao Miyazaki announced last year that he's retiring from film. But luckily for us, not without a last hurrah. Miyazaki's much-awaited final film, The Wind Rises, is due to hit screens on 27 February and thanks to our friends at Madman, we've got 5 double passes to give away! Email jnewsletter@jpf.org.au with your name and address to be in the draw.
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All About Kimono
From everyday kimono to performers' robes, feast your eyes on traditional costume at Kimono Style in Modern Japan, a 1-day pop- up exhibition in Hobart on Sunday, 9 February. The exhibition includes a free public talk, and is part of the University of Tasmania's Technologies of Gender conference on 9-11 February, proudly supported by The Japan Foundation, Sydney.
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Film still, REAL
Internationally acclaimed director Kiyoshi Kurosawa of Tokyo Sonata fame (no relation to the 'other' Kurosawa), forays into the virtual with REAL, a fantasy psychodrama that premiered in Australia at last year's Japanese Film Festival. If you missed it on the big screen, never fear - it's being released on DVD in Madman's Eastern Eye range later this month. For your chance to win 1 of 5 copies, email your name and address to jnewsletter@jpf.org.au.
about the film
soccer ball
Wanderers vs Kawasaki
The Japan Foundation, Sydney is proud to be the cultural partner for the Western Sydney Wanderers vs Kawasaki Frontale soccer match on 19 March at Sydney's Parramatta Stadium. The match is part of the Asian Football Confederation's Champions' League, which will see the Wanderers up against some of Asia's strongest teams. What does this mean for you? Stay tuned for more details!
New Voices
Volume 6
N for New Voices
New Voices Volume 6 is now available! New Voices is an academic journal published by The Japan Foundation, Sydney which provides opportunities for emerging local researchers in the field of Japanese Studies to showcase their research. The journal is available for free, both in print and online, and - like the academic equivalent of Bob Dylan's first album - is a launchpad for names to watch out for in the years to come.
check out vol. 6
Thanks to
our Members
Thanks to everyone who renewed (or resumed) their membership last month! As promised, all memberships valid as at February 1 will be automatically extended for one year, as our way of saying thanks for sticking with us through this quiet period before our move. Once the admin side of things is finalised here we'll send out a letter to confirm, so keep an eye on your mailbox early next month.
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AJF Grants
Australia House
Amazing things can happen when creative minds join forces with funding bodies - just like the award-winning Australia House project (above), designed by visionary architect Andrew Burns and funded through a series of grants from the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF). The AJF's 2014-2015 grants round is open until April 4 - it may be just what you need to get your idea in motion.
grant info
Our library will be keeping its doors open until February 28, so you can continue to browse our periodicals and newspapers while we prepare for our relocation. Note that you won’t be able to access our books (we need to pack them!), but we're still giving away freebies from our collection so be sure to check those out if you visit.
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of the Month
V for Volunteer
Our Volunteer of the Month is Sandipan Dutta! Sandi was a dedicated and capable volunteer who helped out during the Japanese Film Festival and post-festival activities. We were always amazed by his seemingly boundless enthusiasm, and hope to have the opportunity to work with him again. Thanks Sandi!
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Near You
Ryota Kawakubo, 'The Tenth Sentiment'
Connect with Japan in your local area! This month, hear traditional Japanese instruments in Brisbane, see contemporary art or experience a festival in Perth, meet the Umitaka Maru in Hobart, hear an address on Abenomics in Sydney, and more! Know of an event coming up near you? Let us know at jnewsletter@jpf.org.au.
what's on
Creative Partnerships with Asia Grant
News Flash! Applications are now open for the Australia Council for the Arts' Creative Partnerships with Asia grant, which aims to support the production of new artistic work through collaboration between local and Asian artists. Got a project on the burn? Applications close 10 March.
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