Smiles for Japan is a day-long fundraiser taking part at the CUC next weekend to raise money for the earthquake relief effort, and it sounds like it’s going to be a great day for a fantastic cause. Taking place on Saturday (May 14) at the CUC, it promises a day and night of music, performance, film, art and fun.
Smiles for Japan will present a daytime family-friendly event followed by an evening music event, bringing cross-cultural creative activities, vibrant music and performances together to raise money and awareness of how we can support Japan. The proceeds from the event will go to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.
Daytime activities between 12pm and 5pm will include:
The 1000 Origami Crane Challenge, creating 1000 paper cranes of hope
The J-Jumble Sale, full of Japanese goodies available to buy
Ganbare Tohoko Photo Corner (dress in kimono and have a portrait taken to send your smile to Japan)
The Print Aid Project, a local photographers-led international collaboration project
Made for Japan, UK artists’ works, prints, books, ‘zines and craft objects for sale
Donkey The Keiko vintage kimono and handmade kimono craft stall
Performance, demonstrations and music from China Pearl, Liverpool Kendo Club, choirs and more
Craft Creative hourly screen printing workshops and art installation
Art by Babie Sato
Creative Storytelling Workshop led by Tomoko Suzuki
Japanese film screenings, one for kids & one for grown ups
Calligraphy, badge-making, DJ, food & raffles
Organisers are currently looking for help with raffle prizes and sponsorship – if you can help, contact Ian and Minako Jackson through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fabian Rothschild, Jazamin Sinclair, Jo Bywater , Freya Jonas and more will perform in the early evening, followed by Man Get Out, Tibi and Her Cello, Mashemon, John Gorman (ex-Scaffold), and Tomoko Suzuki (Roxoko Theatre) later on.
There is also a Smiles For Japan Launch event headlined by Liverpool legend Ian McNabb with Mashemon, Dave O’Grady, and Jo Bywater at 3345 on Parr Street from 8:30pm on Thursday May 12, following the Art Aid Auction at Studio2 Parr Street between 6pm and 8pm.