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Sunday, July 25, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Worldwide theater arts festival for kids in Otsu

The Theater Arts for Children and Teens/Festival will take place at Biwako Hall in the city of Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, from July 29 to 31.

The festival is a worldwide project with stage performances entertaining to both children and adults.

The event at Biwako Hall will feature around 10 programs, including music and dance performance "Echoa" from France on July 29 and the play "Niemand heist Elise" from Germany on July 31. Tickets are available at ticket agency Pia, Lawson convenience stores and the Biwako Hall ticket center. They cost ¥1,500 for adults and ¥1,000 for children per show.

There will also be free programs such as the mime play "Les moutons" from Canada from July 29 to 31 and classical music concerts on July 29 and 30 in the hall's lobby. No advance applications are required.

The hall is a 20-minute walk from Otsu Station on the JR Biwako Line.

For details, contact the hall office ticket center at (077) 523-7136 or go to www.biwako-hall.or.jp (in Japanese and English).

Summer concerts for children in Osaka

Hilton Osaka in Kita Ward, Osaka, is organizing special summer concerts for children on Aug. 13 and 14.

The concerts will feature Miffy, a rabbit character from a picture book series by Dutch artist Dick Bruna. The program includes games and quizzes (in Japanese) as well as musical performances.

Tickets are available at the hotel for ¥3,500. The concerts will be held twice daily from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 500 tickets will be sold for each concert.

For reservations and further information, contact the hotel's sales department at (06) 6347-7572.

Art-related workshops to be held in Kobe

CAP Studio Y3 will host a number of art-related workshops in Chuo Ward, Kobe, from July 31 to Aug. 8.

There will be 18 workshops for both children and adults, such as "Shooting Rockets using Carbon-rich Gas," "Creating a Tiny Garden on your Shoe," and "Making your own Totem Pole." Six other workshops will be held for adults, some of which will accept high school students, and the programs include a boomerang-making workshop and plasma-watching workshop.

Advance applications are required by phone or via e-mail. Participation cost varies but is generally between ¥500 and ¥2,000.

The venue Cap Studio Y3 is a 15-minute walk north of Motomachi Station on the JR Kobe Line.

Access www.cap-kobe.com/ (in Japanese) for program details. For applications and more information, contact the organizer at (078) 222-1003, or e-mail info@cap-kobe.com.

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