The highlights of the Plovdiv 2019 programme and the selected projects with a focus on Japanese culture were presented at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the non-governmental organization EU Japan fest in Tokyo.
This year's forum was attended by Deputy Director Viktor Yankov and Hristo Gyulev, a member of the Board of the Foundation. The Japanese organization, together with the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation, after announcing an open call to artists and cultural organizations, approved a total of 16 projects with focus of Japanese culture.
The strong Japanese presence will take to the stage of the Ancient Theater NOH Theatre, and the audience will be able to see another impressive performance with Bunraku Theatre at the State Puppet Theater - Plovdiv, emotional Butoh-dance performance, as well as martial arts demonstrations, Ikebana and Anime Festival. Around BGN 250,000 are allocated for the implementation of these projects both from Plovdiv 2019 and EU Japan fest who secure around BGN 150,000 of the total amount.
After presenting the programme, Yankov and Gyulev participated in the working meetings with the managing directors of Toyota, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Nikon and others. The world giants are sponsors of the organization, which in turn traditionally supports projects of cities that have won the title of European Capital of Culture. The new chairman of the EU Japan fest Masakazu Tokura will visit Plovdiv in September 2019, and the conversations and opportunities for cooperation and partnership will continue after the year of the title.
The focus on Japanese culture will be presented also soon through a photo project, tripartite cooperation between Matera, Plovdiv and the Japanese province of Tochigi.
EU Japan Fest is a non governmental organisation that supports the cooperation between Japanese and European artists and the public by subsidising research and project-based initiatives. The organisation, established in 1992, is dedicated to working with the European Capital of Culture initiative by supporting the active presentation of Japanese artists and art managers in Europe and assists European experts and artists for work visits and project presentation in Japan. Throughout its existence, the EU Japan Fest has supported and taken part in the programmes of more than 40 European Capitals of Culture in 30 countries, which makes it the only organisation in the world to have cooperated with every European Capital of Culture since the initiative originated.