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Hyogo Arts and Culture Association

Commissioned to undertake the management and operation of cultural facilities and cultural promotion activities by the Hyogo Prefectural Government, the Hyogo Arts & Culture Association has been carrying out various programs to establish Hyogo as Japan's center of artistic and cultural events, where arts and culture will constitute an integral part of the lives of local residents and contribute to the emotional and physical well-being of society.

The Association aims to promote various kinds of artistic and cultural activities, such as encouraging creative activities and interactions among creators, conducting research on artistic and cultural issues, increasing public interest in arts and culture, and offering learning opportunities, with a view to furthering the development of arts and culture, contributing to the cultural growth of Hyogo Prefecture, and enhancing the emotional well-being of Hyogo residents.
・Increase public interest in arts and culture and train personnel who can play a leading role in this field.
・Conduct research on artistic and cultural issues and offer artistic and cultural information to the public.
・Plan, produce, and stage performing arts events.
・Undertake the management and operation of cultural facilities to promote the culture of Hyogo Prefecture on a commissioned basis.
・Engage in other activities necessary to achieve the above purpose.

■Hyogo Arts and Culture Association (Head Office)
4-16-3 Shimoyamate-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Promotion of a variety of artistic and cultural events
The Hyogo Arts & Culture Association offers various venues for local residents to engage in artistic and cultural activities, and also carries out cultural and artistic events in a variety of genres, including painting, sculpture, and literature.
The Association is charged with the management and operation of the following venues:
・Hyogo Kenminkaikan
・Hyogo Kenmin Art Gallery
・Hyogo Kenmin Syogekijyo
・Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art Oji Branch "Harada no Mori Gallery"

■Amagasaki Youth Creative Theater of Hyogo Prefecture (Piccolo Theater)
3-17-8 Minami-tsukaguchi-cho, Amagasaki, Hyogo
Venue for young artists and creators to develop their talents
The Piccolo Theater encourages artistic, cultural and creative activities among local residents with its large, mid-size, and small halls, practice and exhibition rooms, and performing arts reference materials. It also offers opportunities to enjoy and experience performing arts, and carries out various other cultural programs, including the opening of schools to learn about theatrical plays and stage techniques.
The Piccolo Theater is home to the Piccolo Theatrical Company, the first prefectural theatrical troupe in Japan, which gives enjoyable and impressive performances at public halls and schools both in and out of Hyogo Prefecture, and conducts outreach activities to increase public interest in cultural events.

■Hyogo Performing Arts Center
Hub of high-quality performing arts programs
The Hyogo Performing Arts Center aspires to become a community center where creative activities are pursued jointly with local residents through a variety of performing arts including concerts, plays, and ballets.
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