Lucerne Festival Ark Nova 2017 in Tokyo Midtown

arrowThe Ark Nova is a beautifully designed and inflatable concert hall that was inspired during the days following the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami event. It will be erected for only the fourth time and will host an array of concerts along with great educational and creative projects for children and youth.
The day following the 2011 disaster, Mr. Michael Haefliger (Lucerne Festival Executive and artistic director) contacted Mr. Masahide Kajimoto (President of KAJIMOTO) asking if everyone was ok and how could they help. Gradually the idea of Ark Nova was born as they teamed up with British sculptor Anish Kapoor and world-renowned architect Arata Isozaki to bring it to life. The majestic concert hall is movable and has previously been on location in Matsushima, Sendai and Fukushima between 2013 and 2015. This time it will manifest on the Grass square of Tokyo Midtown. An elegant interior and an exterior that seems to glow with night lighting, the 18meter height coupled with the 30m x 36m width and depth provide ample space for your entertainment and viewing seating up to 494 people.
Kajimoto stated, gIt is a symbol of our good nature as a human beingh when commenting on the project and how it came together. The support of the Lucerne Festival has been touching and significant. The famous summer music festival held annually in Switzerland features over 100 concerts in 4 weeks. Even the intermissions feature mini concerts by selected artists. This event here in Tokyo will in fact precede the Asian Tour of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra fittingly. The innovative design has been popular with performing artists who connect with the audience and appreciate the social aspect and the kindness that infiltrates the theme of the event. Some seating in the hall is actually hand crafted by the community of Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture from fallen trees that lead up to Zuigan-ji temple that were damaged by the salt water of the Tsunami.
Though time has passed, many are still affected by the event in 2017 and new solutions are invited as we work with the environmental effects of secondary causes. Visitors may view images and footage of the event during visits. It is heart wrenching in some ways to re-visit such trauma, but the programs and music of this ion offer bring with them, the opening of the heart and the new breath that is life, into today.

Lucerne Festival Ark Nova 2017 in Tokyo Midtown

Date: 09.19 (Tue) | 10.04 (Wed) 2017
@ Grass Square in Tokyo Midtown

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