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Tokyo to host fourth Flamenco Festival dedicated to Chiaki Horikoshi

Dancer Mayumi Kagita with singer Kowashim, Saito and artists Motoki, Yimiko and Konishi at at the 4th Japanese Flamenco Summit. Image source: EFE Photograph: (Others)

Others Tokyo, Japan Apr 07, 2017, 11.42 AM (IST)

The Japanese capital is hosting the fourth edition of the Flamenco Festival of Japan which this year is dedicated to deceased painter and Flamenco singer Chiaki Horikoshi who was also the founder and curator of this festival.

This year, the flamenco festival organized by the Cervantes Institute in Tokyo, brings together more than 30 Japanese artists, including the dancers Shoji Kijima, Yoko Komatsubara, Shiho Morita, and guitarists Jin Oki and Enrique Sakai.

 

Japanese flamenco dancer Shoji Kojima with Spanish flamenco singers El Plateao and Miguel de Badajoz with flamenco guitarist Emilio Maya during the 4th Japanese Flamenco Summit. Source: EFE (Others)

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The event, which began Thursday and runs until Saturday will also pay tribute to dancer and choreographer Antonio Alonso for his extraordinary and extensive career in the world of flamenco.

Starting this year, the biennial festival will take the name of its late founder, Chiaki Horikoshi, who died in Madrid in October 2016.

The Cervantes Institute decided to grant this privilege to Horikoshi "not only for having been the soul and promoter" (of the festival) but for having participated as the singer, explained the Cervantes director, Antonio Gil.

"In this way the spirit of Chiaki will always be present in our Flamenco Festivals," he said.

"Chiaki said that authentic flamenco (...) has become one of the most important cultural manifestations of peace," recalled Gil who added that Horikoshi was involved with the preparations this year before he fell ill.

In addition to music and dance performances the festival will hold a photo exhibition on flamenco dance ("The strength of the time") by Jose Lopez Gonzalez, which will be open in the Cervantes Institute until April 28.

The Flamenco festival started in 2012 with the help of Horikoshi and was aimed at establishing a forum for all flamenco artists in Japan, a country which boasts 50,000 students and around 80,000 people linked to the world of flamenco.

2014 image of Japanese flamenco contestants perform on stage during the Flamenco Festival 'Cante de las Minas' in Tokyo, Japan. Image source: EPA (Others)

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Japan is the second country behind Spain in terms of the number of people learning and practicing flamenco which has been inscribed in UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2010.

2014 image of Japanese flamenco contestants perform on stage during the Flamenco Festival 'Cante de las Minas' in Tokyo, Japan. Image source: EPA (Others)

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