In response to the ongoing triple catastrophe that has hit Japan – the magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the tsunami, and the Fukushima nuclear emergency – many fundraisers have already been organized in Montreal and more will take place over the next days and weeks.
On April 1st, matralab, Hexagram Concordia and the SAT invite you to a seven-hour artistic vigil that will be held in solidarity with the people of Japan, and with their families and friends worldwide. 手向け TAMUKE Offerings for Japan invites Montrealers to celebrate in music, poetry, images and ideas the resilience of the Japanese people, who, with thousands of lives lost, so many more displaced, and ecosystems in turmoil, continue to give the world so much beauty, strength and hope.
The event is not intended as a direct fundraiser, although we will offer links and access to fundraising and relief organizations. Rather, it is designed to show solidarity with the people of Japan; to provide a sanctuary for local artists and non-artists who have been touched by the crisis; and to establish a platform for artistic reflections on what this catastrophe means for humankind. We also hope to raise awareness of how the world is indebted to Japan for its great contributions to the arts.
› Friday April 1st / 8pm-3am
› 1201, Saint-Laurent
› Free admission
For direct donations to Japanese Red Cross : www.jrc.or.jp/english
VJs from SAT[Mixsessions] will also be contributing to the night such as Francis Théberge, a.k.a. TIND, Florence So, a.k.a. Pink Rubber Lady, Eric Filion, a.k.a. Nokami, Joseph Lefèvre and Martine Koutnouyan, a.k.a. jocool & Liberty.
The highlight of the event will be a multimedia installation, The garden, coordinated by Stephanie Bokenfohr and Sean Yendrys. It includes work by Kyosuke Nishida (calligraphy); Benjamin Kamino (dance); Raji Sohal (costume styling); Amy Ball, Connor Willumsen and Zoe Koke (illustration).
And other special guests!