The Japan Club of Sydney and JCS Rainbow Project are presenting a memorial concert event marking the 5th anniversary of The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th March 2016.
Over the two days, the wider Sydney community is invited to come together and show their support for our friends in Japan. The event programme centres on a celebration of Japanese culture, including traditional Japanese dance, music and performance, with cultural talks, and a cosplay event. The cultural celebrations will then culminate in a memorial concert, featuring international and Australian artists.
The events are spread over two venues in Manly: Manly-Warringa's oldest continuing church, St Matthews Church and the Corso Promenade.
Some of the events occurring over the two days include:
Participating artists include:
Rica Matsumoto - Singer and Pokemon voice over artist
Ms Ayako Ishikawa - An internationally acclaimed violinist, who has been supporting Tohoku by playing her violin
Wadaiko Rindou - Japanese drumming ensemble. The team was established by master Toshi Nakamoto in 1996 Melbourne
MOSAIC - Japanese Folk Dance Group, which formed 15 years ago with 17 members
Satsuki Odamura - Japanese koto virtuoso, who has pioneered the teaching and performing of this ancient Japanese instrument in Australia
Shigeki Sano - Gagaku is one of oldest forms of art music in the world. It uses three types of music instrument: stringed, wind and percussion.
Ren Yano - Japanese traditional calligraphy SHODO artist. Artwork, 'Furusato" is a national property of Japan. He teaches SHODO at his RENCLUB
Sydney Soran Japanese Dance Troupe - The group will perform their energetic Yosakoi Soran dance
Full Moon Band - Band performing Japanese pop music and English standard rock music
Kyokushin - Kyokushin means "the ultimate truth." It is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training
Bronwyn Kirkpatrick - A Shakuhachi player, a prize winner at the prestigious All-Japan National Music (Hogaku) Competition
SARE - Sare a Sydney-based cosplayer who specialises in anime, manga and Japanese game cosplays
Junko Hirabayashi - Junko learned Japanese dance in Tokyo and resides in Sydney. She performs regularly and holds workshop.
QP☆Honey - QP☆Honey is a Japanese pop duet singer
SAKURA Kids - Cheerleading team
Makoto Tanaka - Japanese Folk Singer
Sydney Sakura Choir - Sydney Sakura Choir was established in April 2014 in Sydney as a choir group with a repertoire of mainly Japanese songs
Yu Ni On - In 2005, Graham Hilgendorf and Masae Isegawa formed Yu Ni On, a duet for taiko, percussion and more
Izumi& The Ukulele Rainbow Band - The band will perform original songs to commemorate the Japanese disaster
Endeavour Harmony Chorus - Australia's premier female a-cappella ensembles, Endeavour Harmony Chorus achieved a place in the Top 10, a first for an Australian Chorus at the world Chorus championships 2015
ANCIENT CLAN - The band "ANCIENT CLAN" will perform great songs and a commemoration song
DANCEKOOL STUDIO - Founded in 2002 as the first street dance studio of Sydney
Wayne X - Wayne aims to merge modern yo-yo techniques with other artistic elements to deliver inspirational performances
The full program of events can be viewed below:
St Matthews Church
[4PM ~ Free Entrance]
4:00PM Ayako Ishikawa Violin
4:46PM 1 min Silence
5:00PM Commendations to the rescue team
5:15PM Speech by Tohoku Students
5:30PM Short Film
6:00PM Ayako Ishikawa Violin
6:30PM Choir, Calligraphy, Traditional dance
7:00PM Japanese drum
St Matthews Church
[10AM ~ $20 Ticket (15yrs & over)]
10:15AM Calligraphy, Nihon Buyou, Speech
12:00PM Choir, Gagaku, Koto, Shakuhachi, Karate
13:30PM Ayako Ishikawa Violin Concert
14:00PM Hip hop Dance, Pop music concert
15:00PM Yo-yo, Cosplay contest
16:00PM Rika Matsumoto Concert
16:30PM Ayako Ishikawa Violin Concert
[10AM ~ Free Entrance]
10:00AM Live Band, Kids Dance
11:00AM Cosplay Attraction Game
12:00PM Pop Music, Yo-yo, Pop Music
13:30PM Folk Music, Ukulele Music
14:00PM Bon Odori
15:00PM Kids Cheer Leading
15:30PM Soran Dance
Tickets are now on sale for the Memorial Concert event and are priced $20 per person.
To make a booking, please visit EventBrite and follow the prompts. As noted, the other events are FREE to attend.
For more information on the event programme, please visit the official website.