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Cumbria Manga and Anime Events Begin Sunday (Updated)

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Bunkasai festival at Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, runs to July 15.

The Brewery Arts Centre (map), based in Kendal (Cumbria) in the Lake District, announced a week-long "Bunkasai" festival of Japan-themed events running from Sunday July 8 to Sunday July 15. It will feature a manga exhibition, anime screenings (including Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos), a manga artist creating a new graphic novel inspired by the Lake District, and manga workshops. (See below for a full list of screenings and workshops.)

The festival includes an exhibition of the work of manga artist Takao Saitō, creator of the character Golgo 13. According to the website, "The Brewery exhibition will feature original drawings and giclee prints of Saito's work, along with merchandise and commemorative items inspired by and linked to Saito's influential career." The exhibition will run on beyond the festival to September 3, and admission is free.

There will also be a keynote presentation by Mikio Sabata, the head of Saito's publishing company Leed. According to the website, "Shibata will explore current trends in Japanese Manga, developments in digital publishing and the links between Japanese Manga and other media, including gaming and film." The presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday July 12. Tickets are £8, including admission to one of the three films being shown that evening (see below).

Manga artist Kayo Nakamura will also be attending the event. According to the website, "Nakamura is working with the Brewery to create a brand new graphic novel inspired by the Lake District. During her residency, Kayo 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 Nakamura's work in an exhibition showing work created in Japan and some of the material inspired by the Lake District."

Details of the film screenings and manga workshops follow:

Film Screenings - All the screenings are linked from here. Please note some of these screenings take place at the same time on different screens.

Sunday July 8 Departures (Okuribito) (12A) 8pm. Oscar-winning live-action drama about a Japanese musician who is forced to become an undertaker.

Monday July 9 Battle Royale (18) 8pm. Live-action.

Tuesday July 10 Audition (18) 8pm. Takashi Miike's controversial live-action horror film.

Wednesday July 11 13 Assasins (18) 8pm. Takashi Miike's live-action samurai film.

Thursday July 12 Tatsumi (15) 8.30 pm. Eric Khoo's Singapore animation about the life and works of pioneering manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi.

Thursday July 12 Golgo 13 (18) 8.30 pm. The 1983 anime feature film based on Takao Saitō's manga about an unstoppable hitman.

Thursday July 12 Howl's Moving Castle (U) 8.30 pm. Hayao Miyazaki.

Friday July 13 Arrietty (The Secret World of Arrietty) (U) 5.30 pm. Studio Ghibli.

Friday July 13Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (15) 8.15 pm. The feature-length spinoff from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

Saturday July 14Pokémon 2000 - The Movie (U) 3 pm.

Saturday July 14 Spirited Away (PG) 5.30 pm. Hayao Miyazaki.

Saturday July 14 Akira (15) 8.15 pm. Katsuhiro Ōtomo.

Sunday July 15 Ponyo (U) 3 pm. Hayao Miyazaki.

Sunday July 15 Ghost in the Shell (15) 5.30 pm. Mamoru Oshii.

Sunday July 15 Zatoichi (18) 7.45 pm. Live-action samurai film starring and directed by Takeshi Kitano.

Sunday July 15 Ringu (18) 8.30 pm. Classic live-action horror.

There will also be screenings of the live-action manga adaptation Himizu on the following dates: Monday July 9 at 5.15 pm, Tuesday July 10 at 8 pm, Wednesday July 11 at 8 pm, and Thursday July 12 at 2 pm and 5.15 pm.

Manga Workshops

Master-class Workshops - According to the festival page, some workshops are sold out. Check availability by calling the box-office at 01539 725133.

£5 per session | Master-class offer: £20 for all 4 sessions + 1 film ticket - Led by artist/tutor Gavin Pollock. Aimed at over-13 year olds, space limited to 15 people.

Character and Place in Manga - Sat 14th 12pm – 2pm Art Room 1

Layout and Design in Manga - Sat 14th 3pm – 5pm Art Room 1

Research and Sourcing for Manga - Sunday 15th 12pm – 2pm Art Room 1

Publishing Manga – Sunday 15th 3pm – 5pm Art Room 1

Workshops for Adults

Workshops introducing classic Japanese art forms, aimed at 16+.

Japanese Ink Painting Thurs 14th July 10am – 4pm £30.00 Art Room 1

Raku Ceramics 3x Wednesdays 27th Jun / 4th Jul / 18th Jul 1pm-4pm £15/£24/£30 Art Room 2

Japanese language for beginners Saturday 28th 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 a.m £27.00/£21.60/£13.50

Junior Workshops with Kayo Nakamura

Manga pen techniques - Fri 13 6-8pm £3.50 Art Room 2 (for +15yrs)

An Introduction to drawing Manga - Sat 14 & Sun 15 10.30am-12pm £3.50 Art Room 2 (for 7-12yrs)

Using a Manga pen - Sat 14 1pm-2.30pm £3.50 Art Room 2 (for 7-12yrs)

Backgrounds and effects in Manga - Sun 15 1pm-2.30pm £3.50 Art Room 2 (for 7-12yrs)

Update - Details of Himizu screenings added.

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