The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal will be holding Brewery Bunkasai, a festival dedicated to Japanese anime, manga and films, from Sunday 8 July. There will be a variety of anime/manga related activities, film screenings and Japanese food.
Takao Saito Exhibition
9th July –3 September
Sugar Store Gallery / Free Admission
The Brewery will be hosting the first exhibition in the UK of the work of Takao Saito, one of the founders of modern manga. Since the 1950’s Saito-sensei has been developing and transforming manga with ground-breaking series like Golgo 13, Master Thief Sugar and Shadow Hunters and his 1976 masterpiece Survival, which has recently gained a new audience following the devastating effects of the Japanese tsunami in 2011. The Brewery exhibition will feature original drawings and giclee prints of Saito-sensei’s work, along with merchandise and commemorative items inspired by and linked to Saito-sensei’s influential career.
Kayo Nakamura - Manga for Lakeland
9th – 16th July
Warehouse Café / Free Admission
Emerging manga artist, Kayo Nakamura, is working with the Brewery to create a brand new manga graphic novel inspired by the Lake District. During her residency, Kayo-san will explore the famous and not so well-known parts of Cumbria seeking inspiration for her novel. The novel will be published via the Brewery website (www.breweryarts.co.uk) in September 2012. During her residency explore Kayo Nakamura’s work in an exhibition showing work created in Japan and some of the material inspired by the Lake District. She will also lead workshops within schools and as part of the Bunkasai. Kayo-san is a student at the renowned Kyoto Seika University Faculty of Manga and has worked as an assistant to manga artist Sakura Sawa (author of manga such as “Kabuki Iza”), and has received awards in national manga contests such as the 14th Koshien Manga Contest and the 13th Shinjin Oneko Manga Grand Prix.
Key Note presentation
12th July 7pm Theatre / Tickets: £8 Incl. film
Followed by a choice of screenings from:
Golgo 13, Tatsumi or Howl’s Moving Castle Mikio Shibata is the head of Takao Saito’s publishing company, Leed, and is at the cutting edge of modern manga. In his only presentation in the UK, Shibata-san will explore current trends in Japanese manga, developments in digital publishing and the links between Japanese manga and other media, including gaming and film. This is a unique chance to find out more about modern Japanese manga by one of the people responsible for its current development.
Following the presentation we offer you a choice of screenings: The Professional: Golgo 13 (based on the character created by Takao Saito), Tatsumi (detailing the life and work of manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi), or Howl’s Moving Castle (from Studio Ghibli).
Anime and Film
8th – 15th July - Screen Two & Warehouse Cinema
Brewery Cinema is proud to present an exciting programme of family-friendly anime from the world-renowned Studio Ghibli, including: Ponyo, Arrietty, Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away, and classic Anime feature films from Manga Entertainment Ltd: Akira and Ghost in the Shell. Thursday’s Keynote Presentation will be followed by a choice of three screenings: Saito-sensei’s creation – The Professional: Golgo 13*, Tatsumi, or Howl’s Moving Castle. Bunkasai also presents J-horror and Japanese cinema from Takashi Miike (Audition and 13 Assassins) and ‘Beat’ Takeshi Kitano (Zatoichi and Battle Royale). If this isn’t enough for all you Japanophiles out there, Bunkasai is proud to present a special feature-length preview screening of the latest installment of the internationally acclaimed Fullmetal Alchemist series – Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos.
See a Bunkasai double-bill and enjoy the taste of traditional Japanese food between film screenings from the Warehouse Cafe!
*(The Brewery has been given a special theatrical presentation license from Leed to present Golgo 13 in a UK cinema)
Take a look at out film line-up and book your tickets here.
Japanese Street Food
Warehouse Café 9th – 15th July 9am – 5pm
The Warehouse Cafe will be the hub of the festival serving two classic Japanese street foods: Ramen Noodles and Okonomiyaki Pancakes throughout the festival. Provided with expert advice from Japanese cooks, our chefs will prepare these dishes to order. Both are the perfect way to experience authentic Japanese flavours.
Manga Workshops - Developing Skills
With resident Manga artist Kayo Nakamura
Manga pen techniques - Fri 13 6-8pm £3.50 Art Room 2 (for +15yrs)
An introduction to the art of Japanese Pen Techniques for those just beginning to explore Manga.
An Introduction to drawing |Manga - Sat 14 & Sun 15 10.30am-12pm £3.50 Art Room 2 (for 7-12yrs)
A beginner’s half-day junior workshop exploring how to create Manga characters and page layout.
Using a Manga pen - Sat 14 1pm-2.30pm £3.50 Art Room 2 (for 7-12yrs)
Master the art of drawing Manga using authentic Japanese art pens.
Backgrounds and effects in Manga - Sun 15 1pm-2.30pm £3.50 Art Room 2 (for 7-12yrs)
Kayo-san will offer insights into bringing your characters to life with techniques and tips used by the professionals.
£5 per session | Master-class offer: £20 for all 4 sessions + 1 film ticket
Workshops, led by experienced Manga artist and tutor Gavin Pollock, that will develop the skills of those already creating their own Manga and comics. The workshops can be enjoyed separately or as a series. The starting point for all the workshops is the lyrics from your favourite song – please bring these along to your first workshop. These workshop are ideal for anyone over 13 years of age and spaces are limited to just 15 people per workshop, so early book early to avoid disappointment.
Character and Place in Manga - Sat 14th 12pm – 2pm Art Room 1
The most popular characters in Manga are instantly recognisable but at the same time anonymous, like Batman or Spider-man. Place is also important, to create identity and uniqueness. Using Sketchup and other techniques explore how to develop these key elements of great Manga.
Layout and Design in Manga - Sat 14th 3pm – 5pm Art Room 1
This workshop will explore the importance in Manga of starting with an establishing shot and thinking like a film director. The importance of location shots and close ups to drive the story, will also be explored.
Research and Sourcing for Manga - Sunday 15th 12pm – 2pm Art Room 1
There’s no such thing as cheating in Manga! Using techniques like photo reference, models and computer trickery, this workshop will explore ways to bring your artwork alive.
Publishing Manga – Sunday 15th 3pm – 5pm Art Room 1
The problem for a lot of Manga artists is getting their work out there and read. This workshop will explore how to publish your work on the internet and finding an audience.
Workshops for Adults
These workshops are designed to introduce classic Japanese art forms and are ideal for students + 16 years.
Japanese Ink Painting Thurs 14th July 10am – 4pm £30.00 Art Room 1
- A practical workshop with an introduction to the techniques and methods of ink painting.
Raku Ceramics 3x Wednesdays 27th Jun / 4th Jul / 18th Jul 1pm-4pm £15/£24/£30 Art Room 2
- An introduction to the ceramic art of quick-firing and crash- cooling.
Japanese language for beginners Saturday 28th 10.30am-4.30pm £27.00/£21.60/£13.50
- Friendly one-day workshop for beginners taking a first step.
For more details, check out their website, facebook, and Twitter. Event Brochure can be downloaded here.
Brewery Bunkasai is organised by:
The Brewery Arts Centre
122a Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE
The Brewery Bunkasai is supported by:
South Lakeland District Council
The Arts Council England
The GB Sasakawa Foundation
Westmorland Arts Trust
Scotland loves Anime
Kyoto Seika University
Japanese-English Translation by Erklaren