We want to create the space for people to think about what’s important through the culture and arts born through the wisdom and techniques that are needed to live in harmony with nature. That is the dream under which we changed our festival from one that was centered around outdoor concerts to one strongly rooted in local communities in order to give rise to a new community.
Our theme is “Children of Taiko” (everyone is a child when facing a taiko). The new Earth Celebration is a place for people of all different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities to connect with each other.
Of course, as a member of this community, Kodo will continue to participate in EC through the Kodo Village Concert, EC Theatre, the Fringe, workshops, and Experience Sado Programs among many others. We look forward to seeing you this year!
Earth Celebration Planning Committee
There are many traditional arts and culture on Sado that have been preserved because Sado is an island. We hope you can experience a enriching time away from the city and interacting with local people. You will discover the inimitable and authentic pleasure of island life.
Up until now, audiences have enjoyed Kodo in performance on large stages. This year, Kodo steps off the stage to make noise with audiences. We hope you enjoy this with us.
This year we’ve invited a traditional music ensemble from Vietnam that we encountered when we traveled there. Vietnam shares the same rice-farming culture as Japan; perhaps Japanese audiences will discover a familiar resonance in their music.
For the children who visit us, the festival becomes a place where completely new perceptions are born, where they can encounter things they cannot in the city. The same is true for the children of Sado. All of Earth Celebration feeds the strength to live vibrantly and create the future.
Everything we experience, enjoy, exchange and create anew here is shared by everyone. People evolve, things evolve, the seasons evolve and times evolve. And thus a new community is born.