LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA is a project supported by LUCERNE FESTIVAL, which was established in Switzerland and now as a prominent music festival, gathers world renowned orchestras, conductors, and performers. The venue selected is Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture—a city historically famous for its beautiful scenery. Healing the people with its beauty even after being struck after the unforgettable earthquake and tsunamis on March 11, 2011, this venue will welcome the balloon structured hall named ARK NOVA, where world class music and performance, traditional local performance art will come together as one. Since ARK NOVA Hall is a mobile hall, it can travel around the disaster areas and bring people together creating interactions. A Music Festival where people are touched and encouraged by the power of music and culture will unfold here.
Matsushima City has been well known for its scenic beauty from far back in the Heian era, and is selected as National Special Place of Scenic Beauty, and.Prefectural Natural Park. The scenery from all four directions are called as the Four Great Scenery, showing each a unique beauty. The contrast of color created by the deep green pine trees, the numerous islands in the bay present a very unique balance, appealing from all directions. A place where you can indulge in a scenery with long history, Matsushima. This fall, the music will ring through the winds travelling over the blue oceans of Matsushima.
|Venue||Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park, and other locations|
|Peiod||September 27th 2013 (Friday) - October 14th 2013 (Monday)|
Matsushima Executive Committee (Matsushima Town, Matsushima Town Board of Education, others)
ARK NOVA Executive Committee
|Artistic Directors||Michael Haefliger (Artistic and Executive Director of LUCERNE FESTIVAL), Arata Isozaki (Architect), Anish Kapoor (Sculptor), Ryuichi Sakamoto (Musician), Masahide Kajimoto (Chairman of ARK NOVA Executive Committee)|
|Planning and Program Production Cooperation||KAJIMOTO|
|Architectural Design Cooperation||Isozaki, Aoki and Associates|
“LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA in Matsushima 2013” will host programs conducted by LUCERNE FESTIVAL, as well as programs bringing together the tradition, citizens, children of Tohoku. Various world renown artists and musicians such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, who support LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA will join for special programs.
Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park, Matsushima City, Miyagi District, Miyagi Prefecture. This is the place in which the famous story of the monk named Saigyo who went on a holy pilgrimage comes from. It is here where he met a young boy under a big pine tree and lost to him in a Zen dialogue and gave up on his way to Matsushima. This part is famous for its over 260 cherry blossom trees that stretch across the park. From its observatory you can experience cherry blossom viewing like never before with scenery of the Matsushima Bay.
Please refrain from using cars as a means for transportation to the venue.