Matsuri 2018

Matsuri, a celebration of Japanese culture

Once again Moll de la Fusta will host this genuinely Japanese festival: an exhaustive taste of everything that we find fascinating about the East: cuisine, art and tradition.

The Matsuri Festival is already a spring classic in Barcelona. For two days, this celebration of the cultural wealth of Japan sets up shop in the Moll de la Fusta and allows us to imagine that we’re strolling around Tokyo, calling in at a street market like the Asakusa, for example, enjoying fashion, gastronomy, music and everything that fascinates us about Japan. The idea behind the Matsuri festival is to give us a complete picture of Japanese culture, which is too often reduced to a series of stereotypes including sushi, manga, ramen and samurai swords, but which has a lot more to offer us. So, for two days we can wander around all kinds of stands, featuring fashion, cuisine, crafts and music, and discover important Japanese creators, such as Tomoko Takeda (sakuhachi flute player) , Rikiya Kagawa (taiko drum) and butoh  dancer Akia Katogi. Japanese Giants will also be present. All of this over the course of two days, from 26 to 27 May.

The festival also offers visitors workshops in disciplines like the martial arts, origami and the floral art know as ikebana. In addition, from 22 to 30 May, the Albareda and Sandaru Civic Centers will host complementary activities such as Japanese drum workshops (on 22 and 29 May at CC Albareda), dance (23 May at CC Sandaru), Japanese noh style dance (29 at CC Albareda), and finally a concert on 30 May with the artists Wariki, Hare and Chieko Kojima at CC Sandaru. Participation in these parallel activities is not free of charge and places are limited.

The festival itself is free. Additional information is available at the following link.

Publication date: Friday, 18 May 2018
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