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May. 30, 2019
 
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A celebration of cultural exchange between Japan and Southeast Asia, “Asia in Resonance 2019” (June 22 – July 15, 2019)
 
The Japan Foundation Asia Center is holding the “Asia in Resonance 2019”, a series of events introducing a variety of its cultural exchange programs between Japan and Southeast Asia to be held in Japan and abroad. The Asia Center was newly organized within the Japan Foundation in April 2014 as a special unit and this series of events presents an overview of the unit’s five years of activities.
The highlights of the Japan program include the Japan premiere of a play titled PRATTHANA – A PORTRAIT OF POSSESSION based on a novel by Uthis Haemamool, a leading figure in contemporary Thai literature, adapted for the stage by Toshiki Okada. This adaptation looks back at the life and sexual past of a painter living in Thailand between 1990s and 2016, projecting society, history as well as political changes around the artists of the time.
Other highlights include the play Fever Room, the first theater work by the famed Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, whose work drew acclaim at TPAM 2017; the project “Dance Dance Asia” featuring collaborative works by Southeast Asian and Japanese dancers working mainly in the street dance genre; a gala special concert featuring orchestra musicians from Southeast Asia and Japan; a special screening of films by internationally acclaimed directors on the fast-emerging cinema scene of Southeast Asia; as well as an array of special events including an international friendly soccer match between the “ASIAN ELEVEN” team of selected Southeast Asian players against a team from Japan.
Plans call for the Asia in Resonance 2019 event to move on to Jakarta, Indonesia in May, Hanoi, Vietnam in July and in autumn in Bangkok, Thailand. For details see the event website.
+Asia in Resonance 2019 official website
https://asia2019.jfac.jp/en/
 
Japan Foundation 2018 – 2019 (first application period) Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists grantees announced
 
The Japan Foundation's “Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists” aims to introduce Japanese culture and arts of Japan overseas by providing artists or specialists in the various fields with funding to cover a portion of the cost of holding performances, demonstrations, seminars workshops, etc., regarding Japanese arts and culture in foreign countries.
The grantees for the first grant period of 2018-2019 (applications received as of Dec. 2017) have been announced 49 projects including 12 to Asia and Oceania, 12 to the Americas, and 25 to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
+Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists 2018 (1)

2018 – 2019 schedule of the Japan Foundation supported PAJ for North America programs finalized
 
Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) for North America is a support program for North American based festivals and presenters dedicated to introducing outstanding Japanese performing arts to local audiences. Based on an open applications system, 9 programs have been selected for support during 2018 to 2019.
+List of The Japan Foundation supported PAJ (North America) program

2018 – 2019 schedule of the Japan Foundation supported PAJ for Europe programs finalized
 
Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) for Europe is a support program for European-based festivals and presenters dedicated to introducing outstanding Japanese performing arts to local audiences. Based on an open applications system, 7 programs have been selected for support during 2018 to 2019.
+List of The Japan Foundation supported PAJ (European) program

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