COME TOGETHER ON SADO ISLAND THIS SUMMER佐渡で、地球はひとつになる
EARTH CELEBRATION 2019
AUG 16 (FRI), 17 (SAT), 18 (SUN)
Every year since 1988, the rich natural splendour of Sado has set the stage for arts and culture festival Earth Celebration (EC). Hosted by world-renowned taiko ensemble Kodo and its home, Sado Island, EC seeks an alternative global culture through musical and cultural collaborations with artists and festivalgoers from around the world. The result is three days of exciting performances featuring Kodo and special guests, unique opportunities to enjoy the culture, nature, and tastes of Sado, and much more.
A powerful young Kodo cast is primed to jump-start EC 2019 with a high-spirited outdoor performance!
Acclaimed Korean percussion ensemble Kim Duk-Soo SamulNori returns to EC for the first time in 19 years. Joined by YPY and Kodo, it’s going to be an exciting night!
There are three types of concert to enjoy at Earth Celebration: “Harbour Market Concerts,” the main outdoor concerts held each evening; “EC Theatre,” afternoon performances in a restored playhouse; and Sado Takigi Noh Performances, held right before EC at a traditional outdoor Noh stage by firelight. We hope you’ll enjoy them all!
One of the real pleasures at EC is diving in and trying something new. You can play taiko, learn folk dances, or have a go at singing in Japanese. Keen to explore Sado’s nature, cuisine, and culture? Guided tours will take you off the beaten track. There’s something for everyone, including activities for parents and kids to enjoy together. Get ready for three days of hands-on fun.
During EC, Ogi Port Park transforms into vibrant “Harbour Market,” packed with stalls selling tasty treats and a wide range of handicrafts and more. Ogi’s main shopping street also joins the festivities with its own Earth Celebration Fair. Whether you’re browsing or looking for something unique, we’re sure you’ll enjoy a daily stroll through these vibrant yet relaxed marketplaces.
Sit back and relax on the lawn at Kisaki Shrine near Ogi Port Park and let the Fringe performers entertain you with an eclectic lineup of free performances. From taiko and bands to storytellers and dance, there’s something for everyone and always something new! Don’t miss the chance to learn about Kodo Apprentice Centre through a presentation by the current cohort of Kodo stage hopefuls.