Category Musical venues

Inflatable concert hall proving a hit in its native Japan

Blowing up like a balloon and resembling an enormous eggplant but with room enough for classical music concerts complete with a 500 strong audience is the new arts venue in where else but Japan.

Ark Nova is a mobile, inflatable concert hall which was launched in Japan last month. It is being put to good use in the Tsunami hit north west of Japan, housing the two week long Lucerne Festival at picturesque Matsishima Bay.

The executive and artistic director of the Swiss festival, Michael Haefliger had the idea of an inflatable and mobile concert hall following the devastating natural disaster in Japan in 2011. The aim was to restore “spirit” and “hope” to those people rebuilding shattered lives following the disaster.

Matsushima managed to be spared from too much damage caused by the ...

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