July 28, 2011

Bronx College Park Community Garden Designated Site For Inaugural Launch Of “Domo Arigato: Japan Appreciation Festival” 2011

Bronx, N.Y. Monday (August 1st, 2011) For many, the borough of the Bronx is recognized as the birthplace of Hiphop as well as the home of the incomparable World Champion New York Yankees. After Saturday August 6th, 2011 you may add proactive supporter of Japan’s ongoing rebuilding effort to the list as College Park Community Garden presents, “Domo Arigato: Japan Appreciation Festival 2011”. A family friendly day featuring dynamic live performances, independent vendors, food and drink with all donations going to the Japan Society.

An eclectic ensemble of New York artists ventured to Tokyo, Japan on a mini tour in November of 2010. An almost surreal experience marked by unforgettable shows, remarkable studio sessions and late night communal dinners; the group was warmly embraced by its new international family, building bonds that will surely last forever. Four short months later, the strongest earthquake in Japanese history hits leaving a catastrophic toll of devastation in its wake. The forthcoming festival commemorates the aforementioned journey. It represents a consciously organized project to help a new family acquired, heal and reconstruct.

“Domo Arigato” will be hosted by the always jovial and witty, TastyKeish of Rise up Radio on WBAI 99.5 FM. A healthy list of both American and Japanese performers (GAIYA of Block 3, Addiction, MeccaGodZilla, MioSOUL, & Raye6 to name a few) headline the afternoon’s event, accompanied by live art from Ignite Designs & John Smalls. This festival affords the possibility of aid to a people in dire need while introducing an energy of positivity to a neighborhood that also requires a ray of light shone upon it. Sponsors like 808 Shirts based in Tampa, FL by contributing limited edition garments, prove the ability to unify for a cause without major corporate sponsorship. When there is a need, the people will assemble and meet that need.

The inaugural festival takes off promptly at 2PM on Saturday, August 6th, (*rain date Sunday, August 7th,) with live performances beginning at 4PM. The festival concludes at 8PM. Admission is a $5.00 donation. Tickets can be ordered online prior to the day of the event. $10 silver donation and $20 gold donation tickets can also be purchased. Silver and gold ticket bearers receive special limited edition items on the day of the concert when they arrive. (*ONLY 25 Gold donation tickets AVAILABLE.)

College Park Community Garden is located at: 1420 College Ave btw 170st and 171st
Bronx, N.Y. 10457

For a full list of activities: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1927837213/efblike

To donate directly to the Japan rebuilding effort visit http://www.japansociety.org/earthquake

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