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Promoting cultural exchange through performing arts across Asia

Initiated in 1997, Asia meets Asia began with actors mainly from Tokyo and Hong Kong with the aim of evolving artistic cultural exchange and the permeating of different cultures across Asia to encourage mutual understanding.

 So far, together with participants from 17 Asian Regions, we have organized 6 festivals involving performances, symposia and workshops; whilst introducing contemporary Asian Performing Arts, to which we Japanese are rarely exposed, realistic artistic cultural exchange between Asian actors has been realized. These encounters have resulted in the frequent performance of collaborative pieces beyond borders, and the fostering of relations of mutual trust.

 Having begun in three cities in East Asia, as we move forward with these activities we are seeking new participating countries; having moved through Central & Southwest Asia, we finally reached West Asia in 2010.  During these years, there has been a radical shift in the situation in Asia, and the activities of Asia meets Asia where encounters between people beyond ethnicity, religion and culture are made possible have been hugely supported by all of you from various sectors with the expectation of further development.

 With the experiences gained so far, Asia meets Asia has now newly re-established itself as an NPO (Specified Non-profit Organisation)
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Even in the 21st century, huge poverty and civil conflicts are still prominent in Asia.

We are hoping that future artistic cultural exchange will bring as many smiles as possible to this land, and will richly cultivate the diversified cultural provinces of Asia to contribute to coexistence and peace.

Asia meets Asia is now planning to initiate the following activities.

And for this, we would like to ask for your further interest, understanding and support.

From Memorandum

(Purpose)  Third Amendment

The purpose of this entity is to contribute to the realisation of coexistence and peace in Asia where diversified religions/ethnicities are mixed, whilst providing an art/cultural exchange program focusing on performing arts to the general public in Japan as well as in Asia in order to promote the evolvement of Asian performing arts and mutual understanding across Asia.

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Action Plan –To know, To Collaborate, To Open,
                     To Communicate, To Gather–

1)           To Know Organizing <Asia meets Asia> across Asia

Asia meets Asia will organise an <Asian Contemporary Performing Arts Festival> across Asia to introduce performing arts from other regions to the venues as well as to create realistic opportunities for interaction between neighbours gclose geographically but distant politically/religiously/sociallyh through direct dialogue: symposia, workshops, etc

2)           To Collaborate Collaborations and Creation from Asia to the World

While exchanging the critical awareness of each participant from Asia, a collaborative performance piece beyond language will be created. While recognizing problems such as violence, poverty, drugs, human trafficking, human rights, etc, hopes in Asia will be addressed.

3)           To Open Participation of children through paintings or music

For those children in environments closed from the world, acknowledgment of their paintings or music will surely open up their minds to the outside. This activity aims to create opportunities for those children to dream about their future.

4)           To Communicate Introducing theatre groups or performance pieces to domestic/overseas venues

Through a network other than the ones for the existing art market, Asia meets Asia will introduce theatre groups active in Asia or their excellent work to venues in Japan as well as overseas; this will allow the day-to-day life of different regions in Asia to be more keenly felt

5)           To Gather Establishment of a <Theatre> across Asia

This activity aims to establish a <Theatre> to be used on a regular basis across Asia.

As a result, cultural exchange activities will not be limited to specialists or those involved but will spread into various fields; a facility and network necessary for people to conduct grass-roots exchange will be realised.