Q: I was invited to join Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival and demonstration at Wa. Why?
A: We may invite local reputable ikebana teachers whose contact is published online. The goal of Wa is to promote ikebana as meditative traditional Japanese art as well as contemporary art that can contribute to enhance the environmental awareness. You may have enough students and opportunities to exhibit your works. You may not feel need to promote ikebana further, but how about your students? When you give a teaching diploma to them, will they have the same opportunity as you enjoy? There may be many things that you can do for your students. But trying to promote ikebana through Wa with other experienced teachers may be something you may consider for the future of ikebana. Wa can never be successful with a small number of supporters, although it has been already recognised as a significant event in the history of ikebana by some Japanese ikebana scholars (e.g. Wikipedia Japan
). Your name may be recorded in the history of ikebana as a contributor to this international festival.
Our demonstration is one of our ticketed events. Unlike many other ikebana demonstrations, demonstrators will be paid and the audience are keen to learn ikebana and interested in joining ikebana course. You may mention your contribution as a demonstrator in your artist cv.