Japan in Poznań will be at your fingertips for a week
Poznań will host the 38th edition of the Japan Week festival. For a week Poznań residents will have a change to learn about the tradition and culture of Japan by taking part in workshops and shows. The Japan Week festival is organised by the City of Poznań, ZAMEK Culture Centre and the International Friendship Foundation. Admission to all festival events is free of charge.
Japan Week is scheduled for 19 – 24 October. During the entire festival week Poznań residents will have the opportunity to take part in events familiarising them with the Japanese culture, art and craft. Free shows, exhibitions and dance performances are going to take place in ZAMEK Culture Centre and the Grand Theatre. – We are proud that Poznań is the host of this year’s edition of the Japan Week. I trust that the festival events will enable us all to broaden our knowledge on Japan and contribute to the development of positive relations between our countries – said Mayor of Poznań, Ryszard Grobelny. – For us, it is also a chance to present to the guests the tourist generating potential of Poznań. I am convinced that Japanese guests, charmed with our city, will want to come back – he added.
The inauguration of the festival - open for all - will be held on 19 October in the Rose Courtyard of the Castle. The event will feature performances by artists – groups of dancers and musicians, as well as calligraphy shows and a spectacle involving samurai warriors wielding samurai swords. For example, Samurai Sword Artist group, whose leader appeared in the Quentin Tarantino movie “Kill Bill”, will come to Poznań. On the day of launching the festival two groups of artists will walk across the city streets presenting traditional Japanese clothing and art to the Poznań residents.
On subsequent days ZAMEK Culture Centre will present displays of e.g. Japanese handicrafts, traditional and modern art, as well as deliver shows on how to prepare traditional dishes. The participants will also have the chance to familiarise themselves with several forms of the legendary tea ceremony presented by tea schools specialising in the ceremony. – It is not often that we can witness a presentation of the culture of other nation on such a great scale. The Japan Week prepared for and in Poznań is a true phenomenon. It is a unique possibility to touch the many dimension of the culture of that distant country, which is rooted in tremendously fascinating tradition and which is still so exotic to us. Maybe this meeting will allow us to look at the world differently ,at least for few days. I am certain that it will be a very interesting and valuable experience for us – said Anna Hryniewiecka, director of ZAMEK Culture Centre.
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Japan Week is also a cultural exchange programme targeted at students and the elderly. Different workshops, shows and artistic performances will be held in primary, lower secondary and secondary schools as well as in rest homes. – I hope that Japan Week will provide a great opportunity for Poznań residents to discover the charms of Japan and that the very event will contribute to the promotion of both these countries – said Gen Tsukasaki, organiser from the International Friendship Foundation.
Admission to all festival events is free of charge.