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Making Peace Through Art: A Creative Workshop

12th February – 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

£5.00 – £10.00


Join us for a unique experience at The Linen Hall as part of the Hiroshima–Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition this January and February. Our peace-themed workshop seamlessly weaves together the realms of arts and crafts to celebrate the spirit of peace.

In partnership with the Japan Society of Northern Ireland, we bring you an authentic origami and calligraphy workshop with Yukari Norris and Maya Kane, alongside a Japanese story-telling experience built around the theme of peace with accredited Japanese storyteller Masako Carey.

In this 2-hour artistic journey, you will be introduced to and practise the delicate arts of origami and calligraphy, explore the cultural significance of Tsuru, the bird of peace, and experience the expressive art of traditional Japanese storytelling.

Please Note: Families are welcome in this workshop. Children and young people must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please be mindful that the storytelling session will refer to the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic bomb and will contain details that may be too graphic for young children.

  • Date: Monday 12 February
  • Time: 10.30 am -12.30 pm
  • Venue: Performance Area (Level 3)

About the Japan Society of Northern Ireland

The Japan Society of Northern Ireland is an entirely voluntary organisation established in 1996 to promote a greater understanding within N. Ireland of Japan and its people, culture and language and to generally foster greater communication between both countries. The organisation has organised and promoted a variety of events, cultural, educational and social. These have included the first ever Nihon Buyo performance in N. Ireland, a Koto concert, Japanese tea ceremony, Ikebana and calligraphy workshops, Kimono and Japanese cookery demonstrations and seminars on doing business with Japan. Other events include family picnics, Christmas parties, New Year dinners and pub nights.

About Maya Kane

Maya Kane is a committee member of JSNI. Since 2017, she has been a part-time tutor at ArtsEkta, conducting workshops on Origami and Japanese culture for schools, community groups and public festivals.

About Yukari Norris

Yukari Norris is chairperson of the Japan Society of Northern Ireland. She teaches and performs traditional Japanese dance and demonstrates crafts at cultural events throughout the country.

About Masako Carey

Japanese-born Storyteller Masako Carey has lived in Glens of Antrim since 2001. She tells stories in schools, libraries, and community venues with people of all ages and abilities. Masako was a featured storyteller at Belfast Mela and the Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival. She was awarded an Ethnic Minority Mentoring and Residential Grant by the National Lottery Fund through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which led her to perform her solo show of Japanese folktales at the Black Box in Belfast. Recently, she has been featured in the Yarn Festival in Bray, performed her one-person show, and was involved in the podcast ‘Super Great Kids’ Stories’. As a child, Masako always loved reading and watching animated Japanese folktale stories on TV. The influence of the world of animation, combined with her experience as a kindergarten teacher, gives Masako a unique style of telling. Her repertoire of traditional Japanese tales includes those which are both comical and serious.


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12th February
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
£5.00 – £10.00
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