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UrBANGUILD – multidisciplinary art space

January 2020 Highlight

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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!

Win 1x2 tickets for "FOuR DANCERS" on January 29!

About the UrBANGUILD

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.

Have a look at our calendar for selected UrBANGUILD events or head over to the UrBANGUILD website for a full list of their events for the coming months.

The UrBANGUILD as seen from the stage.

UrBANGUILD Special

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.

UrBANGUILD Spotlight Events in January 2020

A butoh performance.

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.

Flyer for FoUR DANCERS 157.

Win 1x2 tickets for FoUR DANCERS vol. 157!

Wed. 29, 19:00 – 22:30 FOuR DANCERS Vol. 157

UrBANGUILD Signature Event: Enjoy an evening of contemporary dance with 4 dancers or dance groups from Japan or abroad. Dancers for Vol. 157 are: Shigemi Kitamura, Neko The Ghost, Manaki Uno + You Kizaki + Mizuho Ari, and Akinori Senba.

Win 1x2 tickets for this FoUR DANCERS event! Just enter your name and email address here before January 20th, 10:00 Japan Time. Good luck & big thank you to the UrBANGUILD for sponsoring these tickets!

All photos courtesy of the UrBANGUILD Kyoto.