Inflatable concert hall to bring arts to quake survivors

2 years ago by in Japan Archives, National

A mobile, inflatable concert hall will be brought to quake-hit areas in northern Japan as part of a Swiss-Japanese project which will present music and performance arts to the victims of the natural disasters.

The project was launched by the Lucerne Festival and the Japanese concert management agency Kajimoto. The music and art performances are due to begin as early as the spring of 2012.

Music will be used to bring hope to the people who suffer, the authors of the project, Ark Nova – A Tribute to Higashi Nihon, said.

Architect Arata Isozaki will cooperate with British artist Anish Kapoor to design the concert hall. It will be made of an inflatable shell containing elastic material which allows for rapid set-up and dismantling.

The mobile hall will have a seating capacity of up to 700.

While the suffering can not be undone, music can bring new hope in the region, said Michael Haefliger, the executive director of the Lucerne Festival.

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