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Sunday, March 18, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Europarty on tap to fete Rome Treaties signing

A celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome will be held March 23 starting from 6:30 p.m. at Kyoto International Community House in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

The signing by Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg is considered to be the birth of what is today the European Union, now with 27 member states.

To commemorate the 50th birthday of the EU, three European cultural institutes in the Kansai region, Goethe-Institut Kyoto, the Institut Franco-Japonais du Kansai and Instituo Italiano di Cultura in Kyoto, have jointly organized a celebration called Europarty.

The party will feature Schal Sick Brass Band, a nine-piece world music combo from Germany, because Germany holds the presidency of the EU in the first half of this year. The band comes from Cologne, a sister city of Kyoto, and plays music from all over Europe and elsewhere.

Entrance fee is free.

The venue, also known as Kyoto-shi Kokusai Koryu Kaikan, is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

For more information, call Goethe-Institut Kyoto at (075) 761-2188.

Sister City Network serves up tea ceremony

Osaka Sister City Network is organizing an interactive cultural seminar on tea ceremony for foreigners on April 21 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

The manner and spirit of the tea ceremony will be demonstrated by instructors, followed by participants joining the elegantly simple ritual that offers practitioners an opportunity to escape from their busy life and experience inner tranquillity.

The participation fee is 1,000 yen and 30 people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations must be made by April 16.

For reservations and details, call the organizer at (06) 6772-9670, or e-mail cir@sisterc.net

Flanders Center offers 10 free concert tickets

Flanders Center, a liaison office for the Flemish government of Belgium, is offering readers of The Japan Times a chance to win one of 10 free tickets to its classical concert, which will be held at 2 p.m. on April 8 at the center in Tennoji Ward.

The concert will be by violinist Yuki Hori, basset horn player Jan Guns and pianist Hans Ryckelynck. The program includes Violin Sonata in A Major No. 9 "Kreutzer" by Beethoven, and Horn Trio in E Flat Major by Brahms.

Those seeking a free ticket should send a postcard stating their name, address, phone number, age, profession and the name of the medium (The Japan Times) to "Trio Concert Kakari" of Flanders Center at 8-2-6 Uehonmachi, Tennoji-ku, Osaka, 543-0001. The application deadline is March 30.

Concert tickets are also available for 2,500 yen in advance.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8850.

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