Free Modern Art from Japan & Korea in the City This October

Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips, Whats New — By Sophia LaMonica on October 1, 2011 at 5:41 am

Photo courtesy of Dulsori

This Sunday, October 2nd Korean performance company Dulsori is offering a free show in downtown San José, Costa Rica. Created in 1984, Dulsori has traveled the world performing its unique mix of traditional Korean rhythms with modern percussion arrangements for nearly three decades.

Sunday’s performance will  be a preview of the 10-day International Arts Festival (FIA), set to start on March 15, 2012. The festival will highlight arts from around the Korean Peninsula, including performance arts, traditional music, ceramics, cinema and calligraphy.

Also in San Jose this October, and free every Monday,  is “Pasaje al Futuro ” an exhibit of Japanese artists that combines tradition with technology and elements of ecology from Japan with 42 works by 11 Japanese artists. A highlight of the exhibit is a collection of 33 photographs entitled “Kizuna,” based on the theme of the devastating earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the tsunami that wreaked havoc in its wake, a catastrophe that has left approximately 18,000 people dead.

“It’s much much more than we expected,”  said Tomoya Yamaguchi, the cultural events coordinator at Japan’s embassy in Costa Rica after his last art exhibit fundraiser in March, 2011, as reported by Matt Levin of the Tico Times. “We expected almost 1,000 people. I think we had more than 10,000. Ten times more than [we expected]. It’s unbelievable.” The Ticos Por Japón fundraiser was thrown together just one week after the tsunami, and was unexpectedly successful, ultimately raising $50,000 for victims who are still suffering from the after effects of the catastrophe. At times, the line to go inside wound around corners and stretched for hundreds of meters. Costa Rican Red Cross workers accepted donations at the entryway, vendors sold Japanese food, books and some original art works were traded for donations. The event showcased Japanese culture through anime screenings, manga exhibits, and martial arts demonstrations. Entrance was free, and Costan Rican favorites like Federico Miranda, and Editus of Ghandi played free shows on the stage.

Don’t miss “Pasaje al Futuro ” on display through Oct. 31 at the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo in the National Culture Center at Avenida 3, Calle 15 in San Jose. The museum is open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Admission is $3 ( 1500₡ )for foreigners, ₡700 for Costa Ricans and residents, ₡500 for students with ID and free for children and seniors. Again, admission is free for everyone on Mondays! visit the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo webiste

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