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“Russian Culture Festival 2006 in Japan” in progress
 As part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the restoration of political relations between Japan and Russia, a “Russian Culture Festival 2006 in Japan” is now being held. During the year, a wide variety of programs are being held to enable audiences to enjoy masterpieces of the Russian arts in the areas of literature, theater, film, art, ballet and music. This year-long project follows the “Japanese Arts Festival 2003 in Russia” and the jointly organized celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Japan-Russia Friendship Treaty in 2005. The main programs involved in this year’s festival are as below:
+Main Arts programs
Russia-Soviet Film Festival
July 4-30, 2006 at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Film Center
Tabakov Theatre production of Donzoko (Lower Depths)
Aug. 4-5 at Takaoka Culture Hall, Toyama Pref.
Siberia State Ballet production of Sleeping Beauty
Aug. 17-18 at Aubade Hall, Toyama Pref.
Ahe Theater Company production of Mister Carmen
Aug. 18-19 at Toga Culture Park, Toyama Pref.
Russian Contemporary Art Exhibition
Aug. 19-24 at The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama
Dec. 9-Feb. 11, 2007 at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Masters Classes for Japanese and Russian Actors (by Oleg Tabakov and Tadashi Suzuki)
Aug. dates undecided, at Toga Culture Park, Toyama Pref.
Memorial Concert Celebrating the Centennial of Shostakovich performed by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Nov. 14-26 at Matsudo, Nagasaki, Miyazaki, Kita-Kyushu, Tokyo Suginami Ward, Tokyo Roppongi, Yokohama, Nishinomiya
Don Cossack Choir concerts
Tokyo (Nov. 13, 14, 17, 19), Nagano (Nov. 24), Sapporo (Nov. 27), Hakodate (Nov. 28), Obihiro (Nov. 30), Hiroshima (Dec. 4), Uji (Dec. 5), Nagoya (Dec. 7)
Russian National Andreiev Balalaika Orchestra
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Nov. 25), Yashio Citizens Hall (Nov. 26), Yoyogi Seishonen Center Hall (Nov. 27)
Mariinsky Ballet (former Kirov Ballet)
Nov. 23-Dec. 10 at Nagoya, Otsu, Tokyo Ueno, Osaka
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space productions of The Bear/A Marriage Proposal, The Inspector General, comedy
Dec. 13-23 at Tokyo Metropolitan Artspace
[Closing Performances]
Moscow Art Theater production of King Lear (directed by Tadashi Suzuki)
Dec. 21, 22, 23 at New National Theater, Tokyo
+Russian Culture Festival 2006 in Japan
Organizers: the Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation Ministry for Communications and Informatization, Bureau of Arts and Film
Sponsorship: The Russia Japan Association, Theater Federation International Conference, Russia Arts Foundation, Russian Center for International Cooperation in the Sciences and Arts, the Russia Japan Economic Conference

Japan Organizing Committee