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Friday, Jan. 16, 2004


Free tickets to performance festival

Two thousand people are invited to attend the World Traditional Performing Arts Festival to be held Feb. 18-19 at the National Theatre (Kokuritsu Gekijo) in Tokyo.

Groups from Japan and eight foreign countries will take part.

The performers on Feb. 18 will include: Sword-and-drum dance group Gyengsang nam-do from South Korea, the Ifgao Hudhud Oral Heritage Group (Hudhud chants) from the Philippines, the Geantrai Irish dance players, and the Nubia Folklore Ensemble from Egypt.

The performers on Feb. 19 will include: the Suzhou Kun Opera Theatre from Jiangu Province, China, the Ensemble Mtskheta (polyphonic singing) from Georgia (above), the Turkish Cultural Dance Ensemble, and the Ugundani Dance Group (Garifuna language, dance and music) from Belize.

All performances will start at 6 p.m. Up to 1,000 people will be invited to attend each day.

Anyone interested should send a post office-issued ofuku hagaki (return postcard) to: Sekai Dento Geino Festival-kakari, Zennihon Kyodo Geino Kyokai, 6-7-14-507 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052.

The card must arrive on or before Jan. 20.

The sender must state name, address, age, occupation and telephone number, as well as number of people attending (one or two) and dates desired (Feb. 18 or 19), on the back of the outgoing part of the card. Name and return address must also appear on the front of the returning part.

The National Theatre, adjacent to the Supreme Court, is a seven-minute walk from Hanzomon Subway Station.

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