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A people-powered illuminated procession & festival.
Taiko+Art+Dance+Fire = Awesome.
A people-powered illuminated procession & festival. Taiko+Art+Dance+Fire = Awesome.
69 backers pledged $7,230 to help bring this project to life.

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Two years ago, members of the Sacramento Taiko Dan were invited to participate in the All Souls Procession, in Tucson, Arizona.
http://allsoulsprocession.org/about/
We were transformed and inspired by the experience, especially given the All Souls Artistic Directors' commitment to community engagement, with hands-on opportunities for people to create elements of the festival together, and conscious intentions to activate unused and under-utilized public spaces, bringing festival programs directly into them.
It meshed very well with our understanding of traditional matsuri in Japan, where community members work together to prepare for festivals, not just to create an event for other people to attend, but a way of bringing everyone together in celebration.
Plus there was a lot of fire.
Drums & Fire.  DRUMS & FIRE!!! It was amazing.  Seeing our rhythms interpreted and brought to life through the characters Flam Chen created, and through their dazzling and mesmerizing use of fire effects was awesome.  Epic.
We wanted to bring the best of that experience home to Sacramento.

Our theme is ILLUMINANCE - A Festival of Light

Light, shining into darkness...

We want to shed light those who have gone before us and their contributions toward who we have become. 
We are planning to have a procession through the heart of the historic Japantown area of Sacramento, to shine a light upon what was once a thriving community before the war and internment tore it apart.
Participants can dance Yakyuken Samba from our Sister City of Matsuyamaor carry toro nagashi style lanterns, to commemorate loved ones or illuminate wishes, hopes, and dreams.
We're also planning a Fringe Event Stage with performers that represent the many cultures and people who have added to our citiy's diverse community since its founding.

Light, shining through the darkness... Targeting underserved areas, and places where arts workshops don't usually happen.we've been going out into different community venues and holding free workshops for people to learn folk dance, to decorate paper fans, and to decorate lanterns.
We're also in the process of creating an incredible collaboration for the festival finale. 
We're going to tell the story of Amaterasu, the sun goddess who, after a fight with her brother, hides in a cave and plunges the world into darkness. She is eventually drawn out by the stomping and dancing of Uzume, the goddess of mirth and revelry. This restores light to the world and also is considered to be the creation myth for taiko!
This collaboration will include members of FLAM CHEN, the Sacramento Taiko Dan, Michiyo Koga, Sawako Ama, and several other guest artists and musicians.

...the light of each individual spark.
When the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission announced its Cultural Equity Grant Program, we realized it was the opportunity we'd been waiting for. We also knew the maximum award wouldn’t be enough to cover all the costs we'd incur trying to produce this festival.
We were awarded the grant with the understanding we would need to seek additional funds, and that's actually written into the budget.
Your support of this project will help bring this festival to life, and will help us to bring together members of the Sacramento community to create something wonderful together.

We have drums. We have fire.  What we need now is you.

Risks and challenges

The Artists are committed to creating the elements and producing this event. We have almost all of our permits secured, and most of the logistical details squared away. We're seeking additional support so that none of the individual artists or groups takes a financial hit on the production.
There is a possibility there could be issues with parking, depending on the new downtown arena schedule, and there is also a possibility we could get rained out and the festival date will have to be moved.
But the forecast is good and a lot of the fundamental things that have to happen are in place.

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    Bang For Your Buck.

    A soul-striking and powerful beat played for you, or in certain cases by you, on our Odaiko in the Fringe Event Area on Festival Day.

    Over 4' in head diameter, this nearly 800lb drum was carved from a single log of bubinga from West Cameroon and creates a thunderous roar when played.

    Drummers will play continuously until all supported beats are played!

    (We honestly don't think we'll get 10000 worth of pledges at this level, but if we do we're up to the challenge and we'll post a video!)

    *Only pledges in this category count toward the big bang!

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    Keepers of the Flame

    Supporters in this category will be helping to fund an event webpage and printed PR materials so we can get the word out to people about the event.

    光 "hikari" is the kanji character for "light" and, as a pictogram, depicts a person carrying fire.

    Your $5 pledge guarantees you one digital copy of the hikari character event logo adapted from concept art written in traditional seal script by Harumi Hashimoto specifically for this festival!

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    Luminous

    Supporters in this category will be funding props, costumes, and altar construction materials.

    Supporters in this category will receive:

    - 光 "hikari" digital kanji character art file, delivered via email,

    - one printed 光 "hikari" decal, and

    - acknowledgement in the LUMINARIES section of supporters on our 2016 event web page.

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    Radiant

    Supporters in this category ($15-$24) are helping to fund the creation, recording, editing, and production of music for the finale!

    Supporters in this category will receive:

    - 光 "hikari" digital kanji character file, delivered via email,

    - printed 光 "hikari" decal,

    - 4x5 2016 Illuminance Festival Art Post Card,

    - a sneak preview .mp3 of an original taiko composition created for the 2016 festival finale, and

    - acknowledgement in the LUMINARIES section of supporters on our 2016 event web page.

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    Enlightened - Lantern Bearer Sponsor

    *Special Category*

    We are creating over 100 "Toro Nagashi" style lanterns for the Illuminance Procession. Lanterns will be carried from the gathering point to a festival altar platform at the edge of the waterfront.

    After Illuminance, these lanterns will be carried to and placed in the urn that is lit afire at the November 6th All Souls Procession in Tucson, Arizona.

    There's no swag associated with this category of funding.

    You can sponsor a lantern decorated by a community member or you can decorate your own lantern at one of the scheduled Illuminance Project workshops or on the afternoon of the festival.

    You can also designate a brief message to be placed on or inside a lantern as space allows.

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    Illuminated

    Supporters at this level are helping to fund some of the hard costs associated with festival production, including costumes, and materials for the altars and finale venue.

    Supporters in this category will receive:

    - 光 "hikari" digital kanji character file, delivered via email,

    - 光 "hikari" decal,

    - 4x5" 2016 Illuminance Festival Art Post Card,

    - a sneak preview .mp3 of an original taiko and koto composition created for the 2016 festival finale, and

    - listing in the LUMINARIES section of supporters on our 2016 event web page.

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    Brilliant

    Supporters at this level are helping to cover artistic fees supporting festival artists. We have a bare-bones budget for artistic fees. You can help us bring in more artists and pay all participating artists in a sustainable way.

    Supporters in this category will receive:

    - 光 "hikari" - T-shirt
    Original hikari character event logo adapted from festival concept art by Harumi Hashimoto on a unisex crew-neck t-shirt, and

    - listing in the BRILLIANT section of supporters on our 2016 event web page.

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    Heavenly Guardians

    Supporters at this level (from $100-$250) are helping to cover technical production costs, equipment rentals, and event insurance and security.

    Supporters in this category will receive:

    - 光 "hikari" - T-shirt
    Original hikari character event logo adapted from festival concept art by Harumi Hashimoto on a unisex crew-neck t-shirt,

    - 光 "hikari" digital kanji character file, delivered via email,

    - 光 "hikari" decal,

    - 4x5" 2016 Illuminance Festival Art Post Card,

    - a sneak preview .mp3 of an original taiko and koto composition created for the 2016 festival finale, and

    - listing in the Guardians section of supporters on our 2016 event web page.

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    ADA portolet sponsors - (544 Crew!)

    **Special Category**

    Supporters at this level are, in a very fundamental way, likely to be the most well-regarded and appreciated people in this campaign!

    You'll help us to provide portolets and handwashing stations for the event.

    Supporters in this category will receive:

    - Original hikari character event logo adapted from festival concept art by Harumi Hashimoto on a unisex crew-neck t-shirt,

    - listing in the Guardians section of supporters on our 2016 event web page,

    - 光 "hikari" digital kanji character file, delivered via email,

    - 光 "hikari" decal,

    - 4x5" 2016 Illuminance Festival Art Post Card,

    - a sneak preview .mp3 of an original taiko and koto composition created for the 2016 festival finale,

    -a special secret charm and uchiwa fan decorated by participating festival artists, and

    - special acknowledgement on 2016 event web page and sponsors signage at the information booth.

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    Sarugami

    Supporters in this category are helping to fund the transportation of the 4.3-shaku (roughly 4' head diameter) Odaiko to the festival venue, and also helping Sacramento Taiko Dan with expenses related to equipment maintenance and repair.
    The Odaiko & its stand weigh approximately 1600lbs and require a special truck rental.
    Our 3-jyaku (3' diameter) hira-daiko has also been damaged and needs repair ($4000 to reskin it) if we are going to be able to use it for this event.

    Supporters in this category will receive:

    - 1 VIP event badge, with artist area access,

    - 1 天照 "Amaterasu" T-shirt created with Festival concept art calligraphy by Harumi Hashimoto,

    - a special secret charm (unique) and uchiwa fan decorated by participating festival artists,

    and

    - 光 "hikari" digital kanji character file, delivered via email,

    - 光 "hikari" decal,

    - 4x5" 2016 Illuminance Festival Art Post Card,

    - a sneak preview .mp3 of an original taiko and koto composition created for the 2016 festival finale

    - Producer's Circle acknowledgement on 2016 event web page & sponsors signage at the information booth.

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    Shichifukujin

    The 7 Gods of Good Fortune!

    Supporters at this level are helping us to produce all aspects of this event, from technical and logistical needs, to paying artists sustainable fees. With enough support at this level we will also be able to document the event on video.

    Patrons at this level will receive:

    - 1 of 7 unique event props depicting one of the 7 lucky gods, and

    - Your choice of:

    Registration for one 2017 Beginners or Intermediate Taiko Workshop Session at the Sacramento Taiko Dan Dojo for you or a friend.

    OR

    10 tickets to any upcoming Sacramento Taiko Dan self-produced concert.

    OR

    A taiko performance at a regional venue of you choosing of up to 30 minutes duration

    Plus:

    - 1 Meet the Artists Reception Credential,

    - 1 VIP event badge with artist area access,

    - 1 天照 "Amaterasu" & 光 "Hikari" T-shirt
    (2-sided, 1 shirt),

    - 光 "hikari" sticker & temporary tattoo,

    - signed 8.5x11" 2016 Illuminance Card, and
    .
    - Producer's Circle acknowledgement on our 2016 event web page and sponsors signage at the information booth.

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    TAISHO - Event Patron

    Supporters at this level are sponsoring the Fringe Festival event area; especially performing artists travel & fees.

    Sponsors in this category will be invited to visit our studio to watch the final rehearsal of Amaterasu, and receive original hand-written kanji event concept art created by Harumi Hashimoto.

    You'll also get:

    - Your choice of

    2 Taiko Workshop registrations

    OR

    A taiko performance by us at a venue of your choosing of up to 60 minutes duration,

    Plus:

    - 2 Reserved Table seats at the uchiage,

    - 2 VIP event badges with green room access,

    - 1 天照 "Amaterasu" & 光 "Hikari" T-shirt
    (2-sided, 1 shirt),

    - 光 "hikari" sticker & temporary tattoo,

    - signed 8.5x11" 2016 Illuminance Card, and

    - Producer's Circle acknowledgement on our 2016 event web page and sponsors signage at the information booth.

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    TAIKO - 太閤 - Regent

    *Special Category*

    This level of support would make you the banner event sponsor. You would be assisting with every aspect of the festival, and saving and protecting the sanity of the event coordinators and staff. You'd be helping to create a unique and wonderful event in the City of Sacramento unlike any we can recall.

    The supporter in this category will be invited to visit our studio to watch the final rehearsal of Amaterasu.

    You'll also receive:

    - Executive Producer acknowledgement and prominent sign or banner placement at the information table next to the Finale Main Performance area.

    - special acknowledgement and logo or design placement on the webpage & on all PR releases and printed materials made after the date of contribution.

    - Plus your choice of:

    A taiko performance by us at a venue of your choosing of up to 60 minutes duration

    OR

    a full day (6 hours) workshop or master class by the event Artisitic Director, Tiffany Tamaribuchi.

    Wait - that's not all!

    You'll also receive:

    - 1 framed original hand-written kanji concept art piece created by Harumi Hashimoto,

    - 1 signed 2016 Illuminance Festival 11x17" Poster,

    - 4 Reserved Table seats at the uchiage,

    - 4 VIP event badges with green room access, and

    - 1 天照 "Amaterasu" hoodie or windbreaker.

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Funding period

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