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Despite Quake, Japanese Arts Festival at Carnegie Will Go On

Monday, March 14, 2011

Even as Japan continues to witness the fallout of Friday's devastating earthquake, the organizers of a Japanese arts festival have announced the show will go on at Carnegie Hall.

For four years now, the concert hall's programmers have been working with cultural institutions around the city to produce JapanNYC, a two-month celebration of Japanese music, dance, theater, and film. The first half of the festival took place last December, and the second half begins Monday night.

"All of us feel firstly that it's more appropriate than ever to be paying tribute to Japan and its culture at this time," Carnegie Hall artistic director Clive Gillison said. "So, nobody—either in Japan or any of the participating artists—nobody felt that we should be canceling."

The organizers did cancel one event that they deemed inappropriate: Monday night's panel on innovating and profiting in contemporary Japan.

The festival's first music event is a concert on Monday from indie rockers Deerhoof, led by Tokyo-born singer Satomi Matsuzaki. So far, no problems have been reported with getting artists here from Japan.

Click here to view the full schedule for JapanNYC.

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