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Symposium: The new era of carillon art - How bells connect Belgium and Japan

Français - Japanese


Saturday the 24th of September, the Royal Carillon School Jef Denyn organised a symposium dealing with the carillon cultures in Belgium and Japan. In order to celebrate the special year of 2016, as the 150 years of friendship between Japan and Belgium, we focused on our bell and carillon tradition in both countries. In addition, haiku, another form of living cultural tradition of Japan, will depict a perfect shape of bridge between Belgium and Japan.

Bells and haiku has an inseparable bound in Japan. If such a close tie between carillon and haiku in Belgium could start from this project, it would be a wonderful outcome. So too in Japan, on this occasion, carillon may step into an equally close relationship between as bells and haiku. This could be the start of the new era of carillon art.




10 a.m. Opening of the conference 


10.15 a.m. Keynote speech by  Koen Cosaert, Director of the Royal Carillon School (KBS) 


By  Jo Haazen, Professor at the Saint Petersburg State University 


By Shoji Sasamoto, Director of the Nagano Prefectural Museum of History 


By  Luc Rombouts, Carillonneur of the Catholic University of Leuven and the City of Tienen 


By Hitomi Nishioka, Researcher at the Tokyo University of the Arts 


11.30 a.m.-1.45 p.m. Lunch Break with concerts in St. Rumbold’s Cathedral at 12.30 p.m. 

The concert consists of Japanese folksong/pop song arrangements/improvisations and new compositions for carillon music by Japanese composers, as well as some typical Mechelen-style carillon music. A new composition by Geert D’hollander to mark the occasion will also be performed. 


2 p.m. Afternoon Session resumes: speech by  H.E. Masafumi Ishii, the Ambassador of Japan in Belgium  


By Rainer Schütte, Curator of the Museum Klok & Peel, Asten, The Netherlands 


By Yukari Kosuge, Director of the Soundscape Association of Japan 


By Marc Verachtert, Manager General Affairs, City of Hasselt 


3.15 p.m.-3.30 p.m. coffee/tea break 


By Yukine (Yukiko Sakurai) and Hiromi Kaneko 


4 p.m. Prize-giving ceremony of the Haiku competition winners 

Speech by Herman Van Rompuy,  Ambassador for the 150 years of Friendship between Japan and Belgium 


5 p.m.: Closing Speech by  Mariko Matsue, Project Director 


6 p.m.: Reception at the Royal Carillon School 

The exhibition of the artworks of the haiku winners and the Japanese sake tasting are sponsored by Act for (NPO, Brussels). 


The Japanese Embassy also visited the symposium. Read here the small report