Dancing 4 AIDS orphans

I will be moderating the panel disucssion on Day 2 of the

Dancing for AIDS Orphans

3-day fundraising event

A cutting edge event - the first of its kind in Japan.
Dancers are coming to Japan from many countries to help raise money for children in Africa whose futures have been compromised due to the AIDS epidemic.

Proceeds will go to:
Africa Japan Forum
Doctors of the World
Steven Lewis Foundation

You can get more info at: http://www.dancing4aidsorphans.org/_whatwe_3day2.htm

Read about it in Metropolis: http://metropolis.co.jp/tokyo/684/globalvillage.asp

Join in Yokohama!

Basic schedule

Open House and Dress Rehearsal
- Monday August 20, 2007
Open house from 1pm-6pm
Dress rehearsal 6pm-8pm

Open House & Matinee - Tuesday August 21, 2007
Open House 12pm-4 pm
Matinee Performance 5pm-8pm

About the demonstration and panel:
  • Explanation and demonstration of training children up to professionals. One can learn about the different techniques and styles by watching the dancers displaying what Ms. Charles is talking about.
  • A panel discussion featuring representative from UNHCR, African Japan Forum, Doctors of the World and SHARE who will be introduce their initiatives, activities and viewpoints with regard to the AIDS-stricken areas of Africa.
  • The dance lecture and panel discussion will be in both English and Japanese.
  • The photographic exhibitions and film festival can also be viewed on this day. Times will be posted at a later date.
  • A donation of 1,000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children under 6 years old will enable you to attend the Dance Lecture Demonstration and Panel Discussion.
About the open house:
  • The public can also enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into a performance by watching the artists rehearse.
  • For other art lovers we offer a wonderful opportunity to enjoy films on the situation of refugees in Africa selected by Kirill Konin, director of the UNHCR Refugee Film Festival, and a documentary produced by the Stephen Lewis Foundation, one of D4AO’s beneficiaries.
  • A photographic exhibition presented by Médecins du Monde portraying the situation of AIDS in Africa and a personal photographic journey through Africa by Christopher Rayne will also be on display throughout the day.
  • Valuable information on African culture and the situation of the AIDS orphans in Africa. We are happy to have the presence of our beneficiaries who will be able to give you reading materials and answer your questions about their work and projects in Africa.

Charity Gala Wednesday August 22, 2007
The performance will commence at 6pm, doors open at 5:30pm

  • The finale of our event is the star-studded Charity Gala.
  • We welcome our dignitaries, sponsors and VIP’s along with the general public to begin bidding in the silent auction until the performance begins. For those not familiar with a silent auction, it is a discreet way for our guests to bid on wonderful items, such as a dinner cruise for four to a weekend in an Onsen, all donated by generous sponsors for the purpose of raising more funds for our beneficiaries. Please use the row number and the seat number on your ticket as your auction number.
  • The evening will also include a champagne reception with hors d'oeuvres for the dignitaries, sponsors and VIP Gold Ticket holders during the intermission, which will be approximately 45 minutes. During this time the silent auction will continue and there will be speeches and a short documentary film. For the Silver and Bronze ticket holders, a reception will be held in the lobby of the theater.
  • Silent auction.


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