Baltimore Japan Art Festival 2018

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MICA – Brown Center

1301 West Mount Royal Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21217

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Nippon Motion presents

September 28-29, 2018 | Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Japan Art Festival (BJAF) is an annual event in the Station North Arts District of Baltimore, MD that showcases Japanese culture through art, film, music and food. The festival aims to provide a platform for Japanese artists and cultural-experts to expand American audiences' perceptions of Japan.

For 2018, BJAF is working with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) to welcome illustrator Yusuke Nakamura (Osaka, Japan) as the featured guest speaker. His centerpiece lecture and Q&A will coincide with the opening of an exhibition of his work (MICA Rosenberg Gallery), celebrating the 15th anniversary of his career.

In conjunction with the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan (JICC), BJAF is once again welcoming the New York Japan CineFest (NYJCF), a short film festival featuring works by Japanese and Japanese-American filmmakers. The 2018 NYJCF film lineup will be divided between the JICC and BJAF, with both featuring a Q&A with a guest director.

New this year is the "Aki Matsuri", an all-ages outdoor event to be held in the The Ynot Lot (corner of North Ave & Charles St), featuring food & craft workshops, traditional Japanese festival games/activities, musical performances, and more.


Friday, September 28

BJAF 2018 presents The Night is Short, Walk on Girl
8pm | The Charles Theater (1711 N Charles St)
- film screening featuring a Q&A with Yusuke Nakamura (character designer)
- tickets available via The Charles Theater's website

10pm | The Crown (1910 N Charles St)
- a Japanese music + visual dance party (mashup of 「DELI FANTASY」& A Night of Japanese New Wave & Obscure)
- featuring DOKI DOKI JEFF (virtual DJ set "from Osaka"), Nikila & Logicoma

Saturday, September 29

• Aki Matsuri (hosted by Baltimore Kawasaki Sister Cities)
11am | The Ynot Lot (1904 N Charles St)
- all-ages outdoor event featuring workshops, food, games & performances

Blue | Now | New: Yusuke Nakamura
2pm | Rosenberg Gallery - MICA Brown Center (1301 W Mt Royal Ave)
- exhibition opening reception with featured guest Yusuke Nakamura

Yusuke Nakamura - lecture*
5pm | Falvey Hall - MICA Brown Center (1301 W Mt Royal Ave)
- lecture / Q&A with featured guest illustrator Yusuke Nakamura

New York Japan Cinefest*
8pm | Falvey Hall - MICA Brown Center (1301 W Mt Royal Ave)
- screening of selections from the 2018 NYJCF lineup, featuring Q&A with guest directors Yasu Suzuki (The Apologizers) & Nick Hughes (Hatis Noit documentary)

With the exception of the Night is Short, Walk on Girl screening at The Charles Theater, admission to all BJAF 2018 events is FREE. However, select events* at MICA Brown Center on 9/29/2018 do require advanced registration to guarantee seating:

  • 5pm-6:30pm: Yusuke Nakamura lecture/Q&A

  • 8pm-11pm: NYJCF screenings/Q&A

Register for these events by clicking on the green "Register" button at the top of this page; maximum of 2 RSVP per transaction. Please DO NOT use the same name to register multiple times per event (ie. registering for yourself and a "plus one"). Due to the number of registrants and possible complications this will cause, we can not guarantee to honor this request on the day of the event.

Advanced Registration ends on 9/27/2018 at 11:59pm EDT

Registrants must present a valid photo ID (driver's license, government-issued ID card, passport, etc) at MICA on 9/29/2018 to claim their seat, so please make sure the name you enter on checkout matches your ID.

Please arrive 30-45 minutes before the event(s) to ensure you have time to check-in at our Information/Registration table; you must check-in before entering Falvey Hall!

Attendees that miss the opportunity to pre-register for these events, but still wish to attend, should arrive at MICA early on 9/29 (doors at 2pm) to check for remaining seating or to be added to a Wait List. BJAF will attempt to provide up-to-date information regarding ticket availability via our website & Facebook event page (see links below). Please note that seating is NOT GUARANTEED for attendess without advanced registration.

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Partners / Sponsors:
Maryland Institute College of Art (Illustration / Film and Video)
Baltimore Kawasaki Sister Cities
Station North Arts & Entertainment
Lord Baltimore Hotel
Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
Japan Foundation New York and the Center for Global Partnership

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