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Kaina Art Fest introduces multiple art genre, music

Date Posted: 2011-11-18

One of the island’s largest annual art festivals is open for business this weekend at the Athletic Hall in Okinawa City’s Koza Athletic Park.

The Kaina Art Festival, a free festival now in its tenth year, introduces the works of both amateur and professional creators, offering displays that span many genre, including pictures, craft, miscellaneous goods, paintings and images. What makes the Kaina Art Festival special is that each artist is alongside his or her exhibit, ready to explain and communicate what went into the art process. The festival is open from noon ~ 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. ~ 7 p.m. Sunday.

Fire dance, an original Eisa dance by a ladies-only team, will also be featured during the Festival. Performances will be at 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Calligraphy demonstrations will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. A painting corner is available to encourage children to paint freely on large paper, original bags and umbrellas. Visitors can draw pictures for only ¥500, or participate in a sketching class with a teacher for ¥500.

The Kaina Art Festival makes it easy for visitors to participate in what they want. An A Booths area has artistic goods, while the B Booths area has goods available for sale. There’s also a food corner outside the event arena.

Sawako Tokumoto, an artist from Okinawa City and a spokesperson for the Kaina Art Fest says “we want to let a lot of people know that the artists who are full of energy in Okinawa are here, and we hope to let people who have interest in art, or are considering starting art, to get involved.” Tokumoto says art newcomers join in each year after visiting the festival. “Artists who participate are making their works with delight. Please come, enjoy the event and workshops together with your family, and feel art close to you,” she adds.

There’s a “no shoes” policy for the indoor event. Visitors are asked to bring their own shoes bag, as well as bags for carrying goods purchased at the festival.

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