Michael Haefliger【Executive and Artistic Director】  From 24 October to 3 November 2015 LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA will be operating in Fukushima, marking its third time in operation since it was launched. This shows the endurability of this unique project, the idea for which was born as an immediate response to the devastating earthquake and catastrophic tsunami of 11 March 2011. This is the idea of a “new ark” that aims to provide hope and assurance and to open up new vista.....
Masahide Kajimoto【Chairman of ARK NOVA Executive Committee, President of KAJIMOTO】  On March 12th, 2011, I got a phone call from Michael Haefliger, the Executive and Artistic Director of the Lucerne Festival, who inquired after us, and immediately, he asked my advice as to how he should aid the people in the affected regions. We, at first, intended to organize a charity concert in Lucerne, Switzerland, to raise money for the victims. Our concern was that we could hardly know for which exact purpose the money would .....

The Lucerne Festival, the world renowned music festival based in Switzerland, conceived this project in an effort to support the recovery of the Tohoku region affected by the devastating earthquake and catastrophic tsunami of March 11th, 2011, through music. The special venue designed for this project is called “Ark Nova” (meaning “New Ark” in Latin), a 18m x 30m x 36m (60ft. x 98ft. x 118ft.) portable concert hall.
It was designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor. The venue seats approximately 500 people and can be used for various types of musical and staged performances. The project also provides several educational programs for youth orchestras and events for the local community.
Many fans around the world have mourned the passing of the great conductor Claudio Abbado on January 20th, 2014. Succeeding the intention of the founder of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, this project aspires to become a symbol of the artistic and cultural reconstruction and enrichment of the Tohoku Region. For 2015, this project will be held in Fukushima.

The festival will transmit Fukushima’s “vivacious image”

Kaoru Kobayashi【Mayor of Fukushima City】  I, on behalf of the citizens of Fukushima City, would like to extend my warmest welcome to the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA 2015, which will be held in Fukushima.
It’s the Lucerne Festival, one of the most prestigious classical music festivals in Europe, which initiated this event with the aim of bringing, through music, touching hope to the regions affected by the devastating earthquake and catastrophic tsunami of.....

Venue ARK NOVA Fukushima [located in Iizaka Gakusyu Center (Iizaka Onsen)]
Access 【Train】
Fukushima Kotsu (Fukushima Transportation) – Iizaka Line, Hanamizuzaka Station < 3 min. walk >
(It takes 20 minutes from Fukushima station to Hanamizuzaka Station)

Approximately 1 minute from “Fukushima-Iizaka Interchange” (Tohoku Expressway) on National Route 13 towards “Yonezawa/Yamagata” direction →
Approximately 5 minutes from Fukushima Kotsu – Iizaka Line’s railroad crossing intersection towards “Iizaka Onsen” direction →
100 meters after a left turn at T-junction in front of “Hanamizuzaka Station” on Fukushima Kotsu – Iizaka Line (25 minutes from Fukushima Station by car)
Date 10.24(Sat)-11.3(Tue)2015
Venue ARK NOVA Fukushima
Organizer ANEC (Ark Nova Executive Committee)
Co-organizer Fukushima City

Embassy of Switzerland in Japan

Media Support Fukushima-Minpo Co. / Fukushima Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
Special Support Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Artistic Director Michael Haefliger (Artistic and Executive Director of LUCERNE FESTIVAL)
Masahide Kajimoto (Chairman of ARK NOVA Executive Committee, President of KAJIMOTO)
Architectural Design Arata Isozaki (Architect) & Anish Kapoor (Sculptor)
Planning and Production KAJIMOTO
Cooperation in Architectural Design Isozaki, Aoki & Associates Co., Ltd.