Denmark and Japan will celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations by launching a joint culture initiative nest year.
The culture effort will consist of exhibitions, concerts, animation and film festivals, theatre, art and a focus on architecture, craftsmanship and design.
“Denmark is a strong creative nation that has a long-standing tradition for letting culture play an important role in our society,” said the culture minister, Bertel Haarder.
“That sparks the interest of our international co-operation partners. Danish and Japanese artists have benefited immensely from their exchange focusing on quality, durability and form. I look forward to following the many and exciting cultural events in Denmark and Japan in 2017.”
The complete program for the culture activities will be revealed sometime near the end of 2016.
The joint cultural effort, ‘Tradition and Innovation’, is part of the partnership strategy that the two nations signed in 2014.
Aside from culture, the strategy focuses on the promotion and positioning of Denmark as a political and financial partner for Japan and will help expand the co-operation between Danish and Japanese authorities, businesses and research institutions.