6th. Fl. Meiji Seimei Kan,
2-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Osaka International Festival
An event focusing European music history, with some programmes presenting the great tradition of Japanese theatre.
This festival has been an EFA member since 1966.
Each EFA member manages its own Calendar. In case there is no programme availabable for this year, please visit the festival's own website.
The Osaka International Festival (since 1958)
In April 2008 the Osaka International Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary. Over the years, festival-goers have enjoyed classical music of various types performed by approximately 400 artists and 200 groups. For example, we have been privileged to have Igor Stravinsky ('59), Herbert von Karajan ('66, '70, '77), Karl Richter ('69) and Leonard Bernstein ('85). The Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, just to name a few, have also given concerts.
In addition, there have been outstanding theatrical performances by acts such as Jean-Louis Barrault, Comedie Francaise, Vienna Burgtheater, New York City Ballet, Le Grand Ballet de L'Opera de Paris and the Royal Ballet. The Wagner Festival by the Ensemble of Bayreuth at the 10th anniversary in 1967 took eight years of preparation and is still discussed and remembered fondly by Festival enthusiasts.
The traditional Japanese arts, including performances of Noh, Kabuki and Japanese Imperial Court Music have also been featured at the Festival.
Since 1966, the Osaka International Festival has been the member of the European Festivals Association, being the only such member located in the East Asia.