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  1. Baltimore Japan Art Festival 2018 featuring Japanese illustrator Yusuke Nakamura September 28-29, 2018 | Baltimore, MD Baltimore Japan Art Festival (BJAF) is an annual event in the Station North Arts District of Baltimore, MD that showcases Japanese culture through art, film, music and food. The festival aims to provide a platform for Japanese artists and cultural-experts to expand American audiences' perceptions of Japan. For 2018, BJAF is working with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) to welcome illustrator Yusuke Nakamura (Osaka, Japan) as the featured guest speaker. His centerpiece lecture and Q&A will coincide with the opening of an exhibition of his work (MICA Rosenberg Gallery), celebrating the 15th anniversary of his career. In conjunction with the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan (JICC), BJAF is once again welcoming the New York Japan CineFest (NYJCF), a short film festival featuring works by Japanese and Japanese-American filmmakers. The 2018 NYJCF film lineup will be divided between the JICC and BJAF, with both featuring a Q&A with a guest director. New this year is the Aki Matsuri, an all-ages outdoor event to be held in the The Ynot Lot (corner of North Ave & Charles St), featuring food & craft workshops, traditional Japanese festival games/activities, musical performances, and more. ------------------ Schedule Friday, September 28 • BJAF 2018 presents The Night is Short, Walk on Girl 8pm | The Charles Theater (1711 N Charles St) - film screening featuring a Q&A with Yusuke Nakamura (character designer) • 「 NEW DELI WAVE 」 10pm | The Crown (1910 N Charles St) - a Japanese music + visual dance party (mashup of 「DELI FANTASY」& A Night of Japanese New Wave & Obscure) - featuring DOKI DOKI JEFF (virtual DJ set "from Osaka"), Nikila & Logicoma Saturday, September 29 • Aki Matsuri (hosted by Baltimore Kawasaki Sister Cities) 11am | The Ynot Lot (1904 N Charles St) - all-ages outdoor event featuring workshops, food, games & performances • Blue | Now | New: Yusuke Nakamura 2pm | Rosenberg Gallery - MICA Brown Center (1301 W Mt Royal Ave) - exhibition opening reception with featured guest Yusuke Nakamura • Yusuke Nakamura - lecture 5pm | Falvey Hall - MICA Brown Center (1301 W Mt Royal Ave) - lecture / Q&A with featured guest illustrator Yusuke Nakamura • New York Japan Cinefest 8pm | Falvey Hall - MICA Brown Center (1301 W Mt Royal Ave) - screening of selections from the 2018 NYJCF lineup, featuring Q&A with guest directors Yasu Suzuki (The Apologizers) & Nick Hughes (Hatis Noit documentary) ------------------ < Admission to all BJAF events is FREE with RSVP* > ! Early-Access RSVP and exclusive rewards available NOW through September 5th ! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nipponmotion/baltimore-japan-art-festival-2018/ - General Public RSVP begins September 5th, 2018 - *excluding "Night is Short, Walk on Girl" screening at The Charles Theater ------------------ + More information at www.BaltimoreJapanArtFest.com + Inquiries may be sent to: info@baltimorejapanartfest.com