Message for the 22nd MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu
Sato Kiichiro, Mayor of Oita

It is a great pleasure for us to be able to hold the 22nd MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu. I would like to extend my deepest respect and sincere gratitude to Ms. Martha Argerich, General Director of the Music Festival who has delivered the charm of music from Oita, Kyushu in Japan to the world for as long as over 20 years.
The theme of this year's Music Festival is "Celebrating Martha Argerich's 80th birthday: Music and SDGs - To meet the future." This theme represents our wish to provide an opportunity to think again the significance of developing the people who are conscious about this matter and take action to realize the seventeen sustainable development goals (SGDs).
Oita City will hold a Pinocchio Concert as part of this Music Festival, and other concerts related to its projects including the "Anywhere Concert" and "Hometown Concert" for the citizens to enjoy music in a familiar and easy manner so that people can feel the power of music to connect them.
Heiwa Shimin Koen Noh Theater, one of the venues of the Music Festival, opened in 1990 and marked the 30th anniversary of its launch last year. In the Pinocchio Concert to be held in the Noh Theater in May this year, Ms. Martha Argerich will perform there for the first time. I hope this concert will help increase children's imaginative power and growth in mind, and also become a good opportunity to communicate the charm of Oita, that is known to many people as the "birthplace of Western music" in Japan.
In conclusion, I wish for the further prosperity of the Beppu Argerich Music Festival and for the health and happiness of the people concerned and the visitors to the Music Festival.
(April 1, 2021)

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