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Sunday, May 23, 2004

KANSAI: WHO & What

Turkey's 'kilim' textiles will be displayed: The Japan-Turkey Culture Society is holding a display and sale of Turkish "kilim" textiles this Friday and Saturday at its facility in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

Kilim is a type of flat-woven wool created by nomadic Turkish women. The colors and patterns vary from region to region, and kilim is typically made into carpets, rugs, bags and other items.

About 500 products will be displayed for sale, as will Turkish herb teas and other products. There will be lectures on kilim and a display of products more than 100 years old.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Admission is free.

The venue, Nihon Toruko Bunka Kyokai, is on the fifth floor of the Sanyo-muromachi building, a three-minute walk northwest from Karasuma Station on the Hankyu Line, or from Shijo subway station.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 255-7530.

Major art exhibit in trade-show style: A large-scale art exhibition will take place from May 29 to 31 at the Twin 21 twin-tower complex in Osaka Business Park (OBP) in Chuo Ward.

The annual exhibition, supported by the for Cultural Affairs Agency and the Osaka Prefectural Government, is aimed at introducing emerging artists from various genres, showing their works in a trade-show style. As one of the largest art events in western Japan, the eighth show will exhibit works of about 200 artists from Japan and other countries.

Admission is free. The show will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except the opening day, when it will close at 5 p.m.

The event will be held on the ground floor hall of Twin 21, a three-minute walk from the west exit of Kyobashi Station on the JR Line, or a two-minute walk from Exit No. 4 of the Osaka Business Park subway station.

For more information, call the event's executive committee at (06) 6359-8845.

Short movies from Onedotzero screened: Short movies by an international group of film makers will be shown in a Japanese tatami room at 2 p.m. May 30 at the Kyoto Art Center in Nakagyo Ward.

Ten works selected from last year's Onedotzero, a leading digital moving image festival held in Britain and other countries, will be screened. The films include "My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117," a controversial work by Chris Morris, which won the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award for the best short film in 2003.

Japanese subtitles will be provided.

After the screenings, there will be a discussion with Professor Shinsuke Ina from Kyoto Seika University's faculty of arts, who specializes in video and media art. The discussion will be in Japanese.

Participation is free. Reservations must be made by sending name, phone number, fax number (or e-mail address), and how many people need tickets. One-hundred and fifty people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For reservations and more information, call the British Council's Kyoto office at (075) 229-7151, fax (075) 229-7154 or e-mail enquiries.kyoto@britishcouncil.or.jp

Torchlight noh performance Kyoto Takigi: Noh, the annual outdoor noh performances, will be held June 1 and 2 at Heian Shrine in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

Three noh and a "kyogen" short comical drama will be performed on a special stage illuminated by torchlight. The shows, which start at 5:30 p.m., will be different each day.

Admission is 2,500 yen in advance and 3,300 yen at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Ticket Pia and Hankyu Play Guide ticket agencies, and Lawson convenience stores, as well as some department stores and hotels in Kyoto. The event will be postponed if it rains.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 771-1216.



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