Celebrating Japanese/East Asian Immigrants' culture in today‘s Britain.
Audience feedback from Uramatsuri
What is Ura Matsuri?
Ura Matsuri has been running annually since 2016, curated by Ura Matsuri Collective (UMC), a group of Japanese female artists from the legendary pop band Frank Chickens.
Ura, means ‘other side’ in Japanese and Matsuri, means ‘local community festival’. This refers to our interest in providing a platform to under-represented artists in today’s multi-cultural UK.
Ura Matsuri has provided audiences with wide-ranging works, compered by Japanny-A-Granny (our resident funky hostess) in a Variety Show style. We have had pop music, experimental music, Chinese percussion, Japanese Shamisen, Benshi film, burlesque puppets, Butoh dance, Japanese Taiko & flute, children’s workshops and many more. Ura Matsuri has also become a meeting and networking place for participating artists. Our “Green Room for artists” space has generated several collaborative projects already.
Photo: Frank Chickens, Photographer: David Green
Video of Uramatsuri 2022 by Bing Selfish and Kazumi Taguchi