Kiyamachi street between Sanjo and Shijo is one of the most popular spots for Kyoto's night crawlers. Filled with restaurants, bars, and event venues, there is something for everybody!
The UrBANGUILD, located on the third floor of the New Kyoto Building just south of Sanjo Dori at Kiyamachi, is an excellent place to get to know Kyoto's independent music and art scene. Since 2006, the UrBANGUILD has been open to all kinds of artists, and you can see local bands, dance and other performances, as well as special events like the popular Pecha Kucha Nights Kyoto.
Almost every day, there is a different kind of event that you can enjoy while having a few drinks and a bite to eat. You can also come after the events have finished and enjoy the open bar until 25:00, a perfect opportunity to meet & greet the performers of the evening.
UR Radio, a quarterly talk show featuring a variety of Japanese artists – actors, painters, stage directors, musicians... The next show will be recorded live on January 20 from 19:00; this time, UrBANGUILD's ryotaro speaks with Wada Hiroshi, lawyer and butoh dancer.
Old shows are available on the Kyoto UrBANGUILD youtube channel for all of you who speak Japanese and are interested in Japan's independent art scene.
Wed. 8, 19:00 – 22:30 Butoh Night Vol. 14
Butoh is Japanese modern dance, developed in the 1950s. The moves are heightened by the white body paint, giving the dancers an unearthly appearance. Dancers are: Masami Yurabe (accompanied on the accordion by ryotaro), Ima Tenko, Hifu, and Frauke.
Mon. 13, 18:00 – 21:00 Taiko Drum Rock Band BATI-HOLIC
BATI-HOLIC are a local band from Kyoto who produce a perfect blend of traditional taiko drum with modern Rock on electric shamisen. In this special “Kimono Rock Party”, everybody wearing a kimono will receive a special gift. Don't miss the afterparty!
Fri. 24, 19:00 – 22:00 Ur食堂LIVE!
Have a relaxing evening with cumulus (violinist Saikou Miyajima and accordion player ryotaro) followed by guitarist Kota Yamauchi.
Address: 3rd floor New Kyoto Building, 181 - 2 Yagikicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto 604-8017 (Google Maps)
Directions: Take Kyoto City Bus 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 17, 32, 59, 86, 104, 205 to Kawaramachi Sanjo.
Opening hours: Almost daily in the evenings, depending on event.
Seats: max. 160 persons (standing)
Reservations: Recommended, see the link at each individual event page. Depending on the event, ticket prices may include 1 drink ticket; otherwise add 600 yen for your first drink (also for otherwise free events).
Food & Drinks: At every event; open bar until 25:00, food last order at 24:00. English menu available
Photography: Depending on event.
Smoking: Depending on event.
Wheelchair accessible: Elevator to the 3rd floor, assistance possible.
Parking: No; paid bicycle parking nearby. Please consider public transport options.
All photos courtesy of the UrBANGUILD Kyoto.
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