La Folle Journée TOKYO 2019
3 – 5 May 2019
Marunouchi, Otemachi and Yurakucho
*article updated on 18 March
One of the world’s greatest classical music festivals “La Folle Journée” will be back to the Japanese capital for three days in early May.
La Folle Journée, or “the Crazy Day” of classical music, is originally from France and now also held in several cities around the world.
In Japan LFJ will celebrate the 15th anniversary this year, with a global theme “Carnets de voyage“, meaning travel diaries in French (*read further below).
During the Golden Week* 2019, set off for Marunouchi area in central Tokyo for holiday concerts!
*Golden Week is the period from the end of April through the first week of May with multiple national holidays in Japan.
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La Folle Journée TOKYO 2019
For the Tokyo edition, the festival has been rebaptized “La Folle Journée TOKYO” since last year.
In 2019 LFJ TOKYO will be held at Tokyo International Forum (the main venue) and in the neighbourhood of JR Tokyo Station: Otemachi, Marunouchi, Yurakucho, Kyobashi, Ginza and Hibiya.
The air will be filled with music during the three-day festival – for the 2019 LFJ, a total of some 124 paid concerts and some 200 free concerts have been programmed.
The 2019 LFJ theme is “Carnets de voyage – Music inspired by travel”
All through the ages, composers have drawn inspiration from travel to foreign places, like Mozart to European cities and Haydn to London.
Under the theme “Carnets de voyage – Music inspired by travel“, the 2019 festival will bring together works and masterpieces created under the inspiration from foreign travels.
How to make the most of La Folle Journée TOKYO 2019
A variety of fine quality concerts, from classical and opera to world music, will be brought to concert halls in an accessible format of 45 minutes at affordable prices. Outside, there will be a number of free concerts.
Also, a ticket of a paid concert, used or unused, will allow you to participate in a series of concerts, workshops, lectures and master classes for free.
Programmes include Workshops, events and master classes
LFJ 2019 Programme and tickets
Tickets may be preordered from February 2019 and purchased from mid-March onward at the LFJ ticket website (available only in the Japanese language), the ticket office of Tokyo International Forum and Ticket Pia.
Ticket purchase by e-mail or telephone is also possible.
Consult the official website for the programme, with performing musicians and orchestras, and other details.
*How La Folle Journée was started
La Folle Journée is a classical music festival born in 1995 in Nantes, a city in Western France. The festival takes place with a unique concept – with each concert lasting for less than an hour, allowing many visitors to get immersed in classical music all day.
The success and popularity in France brought the Folle Journée to various countries in Europe and America.
In Japan, it has been held at Tokyo International Forum and elsewhere since 2005. LFJ has grown into one of the most popular classical music festivals in the country, drawing a total of some 8.2 million people over the years.
The title comes from Beaumarchais’s play “La Folle Journée (the Crazy Day) ou le Mariage de Figaro” , which is the original of Mozart’s opera the “Marriage of Figaro”.
René Martin, the festival’s Artistic Director, got inspiration from this famous work – which had challenged the social values existing prior to the French Revolution and contributed to making art accessible to a larger audience.
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