Today, the music and film program of the 150 years anniversary between Denmark and Japan was officially launched on the jazz bar SuperDeluxe in Roppongi. Attending the launch was Danish Minister for Culture, Mette Bock, and representatives from SuperDeluxe, JazzDanmark and Tokyo Northern Lights Festival. During the launch, Danish jazz musicians Mark Solborg and Simon Toldam performed live to a screening of “The Abyss”, an Asta Nielsen silent film.
During 2017, JazzDanmark and SuperDeluxe will carry out an ambitious music exchange where Danish musicians will travel to Tokyo to perform at SuperDeluxe and Japanese musicians will perform at Jazzhouse in Copenhagen.
In May, Tokyo and SuperDeluxe will host the first half of this project, “Opposite 2017”. 30 Danish artists will travel to Tokyo with Jazzhouse for 10 days and take over SuperDeluxe. Architect Bo Benzon will transform SuperDeluxe with help from Danish furniture maker Engelbrechts. The whole event will be broadcasted live by the online radio station The Lake.
Tokyo Northern Lights Festival is an annual film festival in Tokyo with focus on Nordic films and represents the film program of the 150 years anniversary. In 2017, the festival will focus on Denmark on the occasion of the anniversary and show both classic silent films and contemporary film from Denmark through February.