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[International Symposia]

Performing Arts for Very Young Children: Why do we need performing arts for children now?

Today various projects for very young children are provided through grants all over the world. In the field of theatre for youth and children, works especially for infants are likewise being actively produced. The symposium intends to look at why theatre for the very young children is now in rapid growth. A researcher, theatre producer, stage producer and the Artistic Director of the Festival will discuss the current situation and the significance of the issues.

Date: July 30 (Thurs) Lecture: 13:00~ Symposium: 14:30~
Venue: Osaka Municipal Children’s Cultural Center

Symposiasts:
Wolfgang Schneider (Germany/President of ASSITEJ International, Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Hildesheim, Germany)
Ivica Simic (Croatia/Director of Theater Mala Scena, Secretary General of ASSITEJ International)
Kim Eduard Jensen (Børneteatret)

Coordinator:
TBA
Support:
Osaka International House Foundation (International Exchange Promotional Enterprises Fund)

 

[International Symposia]

Art and Morality: A discussion for deeper and better understanding of works of art

Each panelist will introduce his or her experiences and present opinions mainly on the following points:
1. How an artist faces one’s own morality (moral standards and principles) in the process of producing works of art.
2. What sort of morality does an artist request to surrounding persons and bodies who deal with the works of art?

Date: July 30 (Thurs) 17:00~
Venue: Osaka Municipal Children’s Cultural Center

Symposiast:
TBD
Coordinator:
Noboru Takayama (Nihon University, Hiroshima International University, Wako Sr. High School adjunct lecturer, Theatre Education League Board Director, Japan Society for Theatre Research Theatre and Education Research Director)
Assistance:
Osaka Community Foundation (OCF): Seizo Kashioka Memorial Fund
Support:
the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2009
The Osaka Community Foundation: Seizo Kashioka Memorial Fund

 

[Domestic Symposia]

Picture books and children: the meaning of reading aloud to children

Through listening to a book read aloud children are led to a world where different voices interweave. In that world, children have conversations, sympathize and connect with many people. What do the “things” children experience mean to the children? How can adults secure the time and opportunities for the children to experience the “things”? Although each panelist has different point of view, they share a desire to be with children. This symposium will be a chance for participants to explore with the panelists the meaning and the way of reading a book for children, as well as actual on-the-spot opportunities for children to experience texts being reading aloud.

Date: July 26 (Sun) 13:00~
Venue: Asahi Library

Panelists:
Michiko Yamagishi (Professor at Department of Child Studies, Faculty of Human Life Sciences, Tokyo City University. Research Interests: Child/Social Welfare, Child Education)
Yuriko Kobayashi (Professor at Faculty of Human Life Sciences, Tokyo City University. Research Interests: Theatre Education, Theatre for Children, Early Childhood Education)
Naomi Fujii (chief librarian of Osaka Municipal Asahi Library)
Mothers who are interested in reading picture books aloud for children
Chairperson:
Tomomi Naito (Professor at Department of Child Studies, Faculty of Human Life Sciences, Tokyo City University. Research Interests: Children's Culture, Early Childhood Education)

 

[Domestic Symposia]

Drama works change the world of education: connect, feel, appreciate

Drama activities using theatrical techniques as educational tools have been receiving a lot attention recently. At the same time, the traditional values of theatre are being re-examined. In this symposium, we will explore the possibilities of theatre in academic and social education. Theatre contains creative and physical possibilities that even ever-popular TV drama does not have. Symposiasts who are active at the forefront of their professions will introduce how to cultivate expression and communication skills, how to learn dramatic techniques, and how to train teachers and instructors. Following this, attendants will have the opportunity to exchange opinions on these topics.

Date: July 31 (Fri) 14:30~
Venue: Shirokita Citizens Learning Center

Symposiasts:
Ryuzo Tanaka (Professor at Osaka Kyoiku University, Chair of Applied Drama Education Seminar)
Nobuyoshi Yagi (Theatre Planner, Drama Teacher)
Coordinator:
Jun Watanabe (Professor at Nihon University College of Humanities and Science, Chair of Knowledge Acquisition Oriented Education Seminar)

A workshop will be held by Mr. Nobuyoshi Yagi on July 30.

 

[Forum]

Kenji Forum

Date: July 29 (Wed) 15:30~17:30
Venue: Asahi Library

Lecturer:
Toshiya Ushizaki (Deputy Director of Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum, Curator at the Miyazaka Kenji associate Ihatov center)

 

 

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