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Semi-World Festival 2013 was held on 21st, 22nd, 23rd, September at Fuchinobe Park in Sagamihara.

Semi-World Festival introduces various countries in the world with African-rooted culture---African, Caribbean, European, and American.
The theme of the festival is “Africa, the cradle of humankind”.

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Africa Heritage Committee
TEL:042-724-6695
FAX:042-703-4001
E-mail: africaheritage@j01.itscom.net



OUTLINE

DenominationSEMI-WORLD FESTIVAL 2013
Date21st sat. 22nd sun. 23rd mon SEP 2013
Time10:00~19:00 (on monday close 17:30)
LocationFuchinobe Park
(3-1-6 Yaei Chuo-ku Sagamihara City)
AccessTake the bus from JR-FUCHINOBE St. or JR-SAGAMIHARA St. or ODAKYU-SAGAMIOHNO St., get down at Fuchinobe-Park.
Entrance FeeFree
OrganizerAfrica Heritage Committee
ContactTEL:042-724-6695
FAX:042-703-4001
E-mail: africaheritage@j01.itscom.net
Official Web Site http://semiworld.web.fc2.com
ProgramLive show, Food court, African bazaar, Workshop, Photo Exhibition, Charity etc




What is “Semi-World Festival”?

Semi-World Festival focuses on Africa and African-rooted countries, their culture and people. The festival introduces African culture, Caribbean culture, as well as culture of African immigrants in Europe and America so that visitors can get a better understanding about the culture and foster international exchange. Especially, we want children to get to know about African culture, Caribbean culture, and African-rooted culture through the festival. By comparing those cultures, children can think about Africa and its culture, otherwise they don’t have much chance to learn about it at school. This can also lead them to find more of an interest in world history.

Why in Sagamihara?

Even though there are a number of African-rooted foreigners including Caribbean and African-American living in Sagamihara, including children, Africa and Caribbean countries still seem very far for many Japanese people, and we don’t have much opportunity to feel cultures of those countries here in Japan. So we would like to create an occasion to let Sagamihara citizens know and get interested in the appeal of Africa and Caribbean countries, as well as cultures and history of other countries through the festival in Sagamihara where many African-rooted residents are living. Lots of hands-on workshops are arranged at the festival because it’s important, especially for children who will lead the world in years to come, to know about African and Caribbean culture and history to establish a better relationship between the international community and Japan in the future. We would be very happy if children could experience real African and Caribbean culture and find more of an interest in world history and culture. We hope that by deepening exchanges, Sagamihara can be a “cultural exchange base” of African-rooted countries/areas and Japan.

Africa Heritage Committee organizes 3 festivals

African Heritage Committee organizes 3 festivals listed below to develop a deeper understanding of African culture among people.

“Africa Heritage Festival”

Theme: “Culture of countries in the African continent”

“Respect Jamaica Festival”

Theme: “Culture of Caribbean countries like Jamaica”.

“Semi-World Festival”

Theme: “Culture of African-rooted countries including countries in the African continent, Caribbean countries, and America”

These 3 festivals have something in common---African culture, in its broadest sense. Africa Heritage Festival focuses on the culture of the African continent. Whereas, Respect Jamaica Festival focuses on the culture developed outside the African continent by people who left Africa. Semi-World Festival focuses on the both---culture inside and outside the African continent. Through these 3 festivals hosting in Sagamihara, we would like our visitors to understand each background, culture, history, and also the relationship between culture inside and outside the African continent. This will lead the visitors to understand the culture of African-rooted people including those from the African continent

Activities of Africa Heritage Committee

The meaning of Africa Heritage is “property of Africa inherited”. We would like to introduce this precious inherited African culture and history, especially to children to whom we leave our future. Our main activity in Japan is organizing events to introduce African culture to Japanese people. Our activity in the future is to build a school in Africa for African children. These two activities---events in Japan and the school project in Africa---should be connected. Our goal for the future is to connect Japanese children with African children.

“School Project” for African children


“School Project” is one of Africa Heritage Committee’s activities. We are planning to build a school for orphans, children who can’t go to school due to poverty, and children without appropriate learning environment. We will incorporate the spirit of Africa Heritage in this project. The school will not only provide classes using textbooks but also hand down African heritage like music and dance, and let children learn from experience. At present, we are planning to build a school in an underdeveloped town called Prampram where the learning environment is not sufficient. The fund for “School Project” is supplied by the profits of African Heritage goods and donation raised during the festivals.

Donation to “School Project” by bank transfer

We will highly appreciate your kind contribution to “School Project” by bank transfer. Your donation can make our project come true.

Yucho Ginko (Japan Post Bank)
From Yucho Ginko (Japan Post Bank) Bank Name: Yucho Ginko
Code #: 10250
Account #: 30651101
Account Holder: ガッコウヲツクロウプロジェクト
From other banks Bank Name: Yucho Ginko
Branch Code #: 028
Type: 普通
Account #: 3065110

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