Nippon Connection – 17th Japanese Film Festival & BKB Charity

Nippon Connection for BKB Charity: the 17th Japanese Film Festival in Frankfurt am Main is committed to a good cause, with the organisers offering large-scale support for their new cooperation partner BKB Charity. The festival represents the largest platform for Japanese cinema in the world and will therefore offer the humanitarian initiative BKB Charity publicity on a large and international scale.

The film festival will take place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from May 23 to 28, 2017. Throughout six festival days the biggest festival for Japanese film worldwide will present more than 100 short and long feature films, including many German, European, and world premieres. The program consists of independent films as well as blockbusters, anime, and documentaries. Nippon Connection places particular importance on providing an exchange between filmmakers and audience. Many renowned film directors, actors/actresses and producers will be introducing their films in person and answering questions from the audience. Creative artists from other areas will also be in attendance in order to present their works.

The accompanying cultural programme is just as diverse as the film programme. The activities on offer will span a broad spectrum from Japanese tradition to modern pop culture: tea ceremonies, cooking courses, Shiatsu massage, performances, exhibitions, workshops, lectures, panel discussions, parties with Japanese DJs and bands, karaoke and much more. There will be some delicious food on offer from the various bars and stalls, including sushi, noodle soups and other Japanese delicacies. There will also be a separate programme for children with the “Nippon Kids”.
The festival is sponsored by the Japanese Consul General Takeshi Kamiyama as well as Frankfurt’s Mayor Peter Feldmann.
Festival programme

More information: www.nipponconnection.com


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Charity Opera Gala for Hospital in Nepal

A musical evening full of highlights from opera and operetta with the singers Manuela Strack and Katharina Nieß, accompanied by the concert pianist Lukas Ziesché.

The Junge Oper Rhein-Main is organising a charity concert for the benefit of SKM Hospital in Sanklu, Nepal. The region, which was affected worst by the major earthquakes in 2015, still suffers from the devastating consequences of the natural disaster. The SKM Hospital helps the poorest of the poor, especially the needy children, for example through free surgical treatment of complicated bone fractures, burns or congenital malformations.

The members of the ensemble and opera singers of Junge Oper Rhein-Main Katharina Nieß and Manuela Strack will present songs as well as arias and duets from opera and operetta. They will be supported on the piano by the choir director and concert pianist of Junge Oper Rhein-Main, Lukas Zisché.

The concert will feature pieces by Guiseppe Verdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Lehàr, Johann Strauß, and many others, as well as songs by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, and others.

The entrance to the Opera Gala is free of charge. The donation following the concert will specifically provide funding for urgently needed hospital equipment. In addition, the money will benefit the treatment of traumatised people suffering from the effects of serious injuries in Nepal, a country which was again and again severely struck by the fate, and being one of the poorest nations in the world.

In order to finance, for example, a new anaesthesia device for the clinic, the Junge Oper Rhein-Main, in cooperation with BKB Charity, has launched a crowd-funding campaign:

More information: www.startnext.com/nepal-bkbcharity


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The Addams Family for BKB Charity

Musical Family Hanau presents their charming and humorous adaptation of the spooky comedy musical “The Addams Family”.

Originally the work of Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and Andrew Lippa, this story based on the characters of Charles Addams and translated by Anja Hauptmann proved very popular with audiences at performances in 2015. “The Addams Family” is now back on the stage and Musical Family Hanau is supporting the BKB Charity initiative with these new performances.

Musical Family Hanau is devoted to staging musicals of a professional standard and gives opportunities to young and talented performers who put their heart and soul into their singing, dancing and acting.

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Maria Stuarda – Opera Tour for BKB Charity

In the current season the Junge Oper Rhein-Main company  is once again actively engaged with its opera tour for BKB Charity. This time the company will present a classic Italian belcanto opera: Donizetti’s adaptation of Schiller’s famous Maria Stuart drama, which had its first performance at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 1853.

The Scottish Queen Maria Stuart, outcast by her own people, has been kept imprisoned by her cousin Elisabeth I., Queen of England for 18 years. Her favourite, the Earl of Leicester, desperately loves Maria and pleads with Elisabeth for her. In the end a meeting of both queens is arranged: Since the proud Elisabeth scoffs at her adversary,  despite Leicester’s prior warning Maria loses her nerve. Instead of pleading for mercy, she insults her royal cousin. After long hesitation and enraged by Leicester’s disloyalty, Elisabeth finally signs the death warrant.

The public can look forward to an exciting opera evening with the Junge Oper Rhein-Main company this year as well . The aspiring stage performers and musicians play and make music at the highest level and ensure an unforgettable opera experience.

Further information: www.jungeoperrheinmain.de


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“12 Yards – your Game begins!“ is a musical and dance theater performance of the Lukulele e.V. benefiting the BKB Charity Initiative.

Following the successful performances at the Young Star Festival in 2015, the young Hamburg based director Mable Preach comes back to the Kampnagel stage with Lukulele “12 Yards – your Game begins!” Fifty young Hamburg people aged between 13 and 25 years are on stage and rock the house.

“12-Yards” – that is the test of courage for freshmen at College. Whoever wants to be part of the clique cannot avoid this initiation ritual. The arising conflicts and whether and how it is possible to stay true to yourself under this pressure and find your own way are the key issues of this play.

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The Junge Oper Rhein-Main on tour with ‚Così fan tutte’

Even today, the plot of this masterpiece by W.A. Mozart leaves the audience with a feeling of unease and reflectiveness. It sheds light without embellishments on the hopes and expectations related to ‘the (first) great love’. With their interpretation of this opera, the ‘Junge Oper Rhein-Main’ wants to motivate to reflect and think about expectations and reality. Does a person yearn for safety, security and loyalty, or does he/she strive for freedom and adventure? Or is there a tendency for both extremes?

Così fan tutte or Così fan tutti?

Is it only the women who don‘t know what they want and create heartache? Or is mutual recrimination the reason for the gender conflict?

All these questions and issues are relevant to this day despite of or perhaps due to equality rights, conclusions from gender studies and men on parental leave.

Junge Oper Rhein-Main and BKB Charity

With ‚Così fan tutte’ by Mozart, the Junge Oper Rhein-Main starts into the new season and supports BKB Charity with the full power of their voices.


More details: www.jungeoperrheinmain.de


24Hz – International Festival for Urban Media Art in Cologne

Together for Nepal’s Children: In partnership with the humanitarian initiative BKB Charity, the non-profit association ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e.V. organized the International 24Hz Festival for Urban Media Art in Cologne Südstadt. A sparkling, inspiring festival aimed to not only reach people already interested in modern art and culture but also to get media art out of its pigeonhole and make it available to a wider audience.

24Hz is the frame rate of classical cinema – and also a very low tone. So low that it cannot be found in a standard piano but quite often in the sub bass drones of current electronic music. The 24 hours of one day mirrored in the heart beat of one second. 24Hz is the code for the clash of media art and urban culture, for the meeting of young artists beyond the boundaries of countries and art forms.

Visit the 24Hz festival in Cologne and support the humanitarian initiative BKB Charity.


More details www.24hz.de


Concert Junge Kammerphilharmonie Berlin

Experience the first concert of the newly formed ‘Junge Kammerphilharmonie Berlin’. Celebrate the first public performance in the chamber music hall of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with 50 ambitioned musicians, conducted by Aurélien Bello. Get enthusiastic about the high musical level of the young musicians and are part of a very special opening night where classical music and the new formation of the promising orchestra are paramount.

In the context of their first concert, the Junge Kammerphilharmonie Berlin supports the humanitarian initiative BKB Charity.

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