Haruki Murakami Festival happening in Manila

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) — Calling all Haruki Murakami fans! Manila will be holding a celebration of the bestselling author's works in the first-ever Haruki Murakami Festival.


The six-day festival will have three segments: talk, watch, listen.

Talk will happen on February 27 at the Ateneo de Manila University's Leong Hall Auditorium and March 17 and 18 at Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street branch. On said dates, Murakami and literary experts Alona Guevarra, Julz Riddle, John Labella, Luna Sicat Cleto, Mary Thomas, Frank Cimatu, and Chilles B. Mina will discuss the stories, themes, and writing styles of the Japanese novelist.

The second leg, Watch, is dedicated for film viewing of adaptations of two of Murakami's famous stories: "Norwegian Wood" and "Tony Takitani." It will be held on March 15 and 16 at the University of the Philippines' Cine Adarna.

The festival ends with Listen on March 23, a jazz concert featuring the novels of Murakami. The 1966 Quartet, April Merced-Misa, Hiroko Kokubu Special Trio, and David Ezra will be performing in the concert at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, Bonifacio Global City.

Admission is free for the series of events, but walk-in guests will be entertained on a first-come, first-served basis. To register prior the event, visit harukitalk.eventbrite.com for Talk, and murakamiconcert.eventbrite.com for Listen.

The festival is organized by the Japan Foundation Manila and is supported by the Embassy of Japan.

For more details, visit the Facebook page of Japan Foundation Manila.