24 August 2018
Some of Victoria’s leading creative organisations will travel to Japan this year as part of the Australian Government’s cultural festival, Australia now Japan.
Australia now Japan is a year-long program of arts and cultural events designed to strengthen ties and build trade relationships with our Asian neighbour.
It forms part of broader strategy of engagement with Japan, which is a focus country for the Australian Government in 2018.
Creative Victoria has provided support to a number of Victorian arts organisations to assist them to participate in the Australia Now Japan program.
ILBIJERRI Theatre was the first Victorian company to make the journey, presenting Jack Charles V The Crown at the Shizuoka Arts Theatre in May.
In September, Paul Grabowsky AO will lead a performance by jazz ensemble The Gravity Project at the 17th Tokyo Jazz Festival and Victorian artist Henry Jock Walker presents a surf and skate art community project around the Kanto area.
Back to Back Theatre will present small metal objects at Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park in October, while Lucy Guerin Inc debuts Split at Dance New Air Tokyo.
In November, Helen Garner will appear in Daikanyama to launch the Japanese translation of her best-selling non-fiction work This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial.
Victorian Government support for Australia Now Japan is part of Creative Victoria’s commitment to international engagement, working in partnership with Commonwealth agencies.