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Sunday, June 21, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Gamelans on display at kids museum in Osaka

A collection of gamelans, the Indonesian musical instrument, are being displayed at the children's museum Kids Plaza Osaka in Kita Ward until July 8.

The instruments, which originated in Java, are arranged in front of Kids Plaza Hall on the fifth floor for children to play with from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (but 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on June 28 and July 5).

On June 28 and July 5, gamelan performers will give concerts from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. No admission or applications are required for the concerts.

The museum is near exit 2 of Ogimachi Station on the Sakaisuji subway line and open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is ¥1,200 for adults, ¥600 for elementary and junior high school students, and ¥300 for children older than 3.

For more information, contact the museum at (06) 6311-6601 or access its Web site at www.kidsplaza.or.jp/ (in Japanese).

Fete de la Musique '09 playing throughout city

The Fete de la Musique au Japon 2009 music festival will fill Osaka with sound on June 21.

The festival started in France in 1982 on the theme of appreciating music on the summer solstice. It has been held annually in Japan since 2002.

Concerts will be held at various venues ranging from hotel lobbies and museum halls to shopping malls and community centers. Admission to all concerts is free.

At the Hilton Hotel Osaka in Kita Ward, free 30-minute concerts of classical music will be held from 3:25 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the second-floor lobby. A one-hour concert will be held at 6 p.m. in the hotel chapel on the seventh floor.

At the National Museum of Ethnology in Suita, performances of West African drumming, Hawaiian percussion, Nepalese dances and "shinobue" (Japanese bamboo flute) are scheduled from 10:10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the museum is free on June 21.

For further information, schedules and programs at other venues, visit the organizer's Web site at www.mediatv.ne.jp/ongakunosaijitsu/ (in Japanese), or send an e-mail message to ongakunosaijitsu@mediatv.ne.jp

Eager dancers sought U-Party '09 dance show

Flanders Center, a liaison office for the Belgian regional government of Flanders, is seeking participants for the Belgian dance performance "U-Party 2009" from 2 p.m. on July 5.

Belgian dance group Unik will hold two 45-minute sessions to teach simple choreographed moves for "Oom Pah Pah" from the Broadway musical "Oliver Twist," and "Ma Derniere Danse" by Belgian rock singer Arno. At the end, participants will perform the dance together with the Unik dancers.

Participation is free. Advanced applications are required via e-mail or fax. Send your name, number of participants and the name of the event, "U-Party 2009 Osaka," to the organizer.

The venue is International House Osaka (www.ih-osaka.or.jp), which is about a five-minute walk from Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line. The doors open at 1:30 p.m.

For applications and more information, contact the organizer at info@flanders.jp, send a fax to (06) 6773-8855 or access www.flanders.jp/events/298/ (in Japanese).

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