UNESCO celebrates Koi Nobori FestivalParis – As part of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World, UNESCO and the French-Japanese Cultural Centre are organizing the 2003 Koï Nobori Festival in May.
The festival is named for the cloth banners in the shape of multicoloured carp, the Koï Nobori, which are displayed in the streets, on terraces and in gardens on the occasion of the children’s holiday traditionally celebrated in Japan on May 5. On this occasion parents make wishes for their children’s happiness, joy and health and give them a present that symbolizes the mythical virtues of the carp: energy, strength and perseverance.
The official opening of the 2003 Koï Nobori Festival will be held May 5 at UNESCO headquarters.
In cooperation with the Arche de Noé – Patrimoine et Création association, UNESCO is on that day organizing four artistic workshops (writing, music and the body, plastic arts, masks and movement) in which schoolchildren from eight classes in the Paris region will participate. A short film presenting the day’s activities will be shown at 7:30 pm, during the festival’s official inauguration (Room I), preceding a concert by the renowned percussion group Kurashiki Tenryo Daiko, who are coming from Japan specially for the event.
From May 5 to 22, UNESCO will also present an exhibition of children’s drawings on the theme of “Draw me peace” (Miro Room). This exhibition is the outcome of an international competition that UNESCO launched in 2002, at the instigation of two French artists, Hayat Aoudjhane and Gérald Quinsat. Open to children from age four to seven, it required the completion of a collective work, illustrating one or several themes from the “Manifesto 2000 for a culture of peace and non-violence.”
Other activities will take place at the French-Japanese Cultural Centre, notably a show of art works on the theme of peace produced by international artists, and workshops (Wednesdays and Saturdays in May) for the making of Koï Nobori.
Journalists wishing to attend the official inauguration (film and concert) can obtain accreditation from the UNESCO Press Service, tel. 01 45 68 17 45
For more information about the festival: http://www.koinobori.org/