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Kitsuke: The Art of Wearing Kimono
Feb 1 - May 17  |  World Beat Gallery, Reed Opera House
189 Liberty St NE #107

Translated literally as a "thing to wear," the kimono is so much more. Come explore the art and craftsmanship of the iconic Japanese garment and learn the secrets of kitsuke.


Contemporary Kimono with Hiroko Takahashi
February 12th at 2pm  |  Loucks Auditorium, Salem Public Library
585 Liberty St SE

Re-thinking the traditional kimono in her own particular way, artist Hiroko Takahashi has changed the perception of the classic garment. Using traditional techniques like chusen (dyeing method), her signature patterns of dots and straight lines give a contemporary and eye-catching look to traditional Japanese clothing such as kimono, obi sashes, yukata, tenugui, and more.

Join Takahashi for an introduction to her innovative style blending traditional craft and contemporary design.

Presented with support from the Japan Foundation of Los Angeles and the Japan-America Society of Oregon.


World Beat Bash: Annual Benefit Party
March 11th at 5:30pm  |  Reed Opera House Ballroom
189 Liberty St NE, 3rd Floor
$50 includes dinner

World Beat's annual benefit celebration returns with a new name, the World Beat Bash! Join us for an evening of food, drink, and dance featuring DJ Blas and guest performances. The festivities begin at 5:30pm with a cash bar and silent auction. All proceeds support World Beat's efforts to promote intercultural understanding in the community.


Kitsuke Demonstration with Takako Elting
April 8th at 2pm | World Beat Gallery, Reed Opera House
189 Liberty St NE #107

Takako Elting (Traditions by Takako and Portland Kimono Club) comes to the World Beat Gallery to demonstrate the art of kitsuke. The demo will give an overview of the customs and process of dressing in two different styles of kimono: furisode and houmongi.


All dates subject to change, other events posted online as confirmed.