(Le Pont International Music Festival 2019 Ako & Himeji)
Le Pont is the French word for “bridge.”
After world-renowned violinist, Daishin Kashimoto, who has connections with Ako and Himeji, proposed holding a "handmade" music festival like the ones in Europe, in which musicians play in their hometowns or towns with which they are closely connected, and in which audience and performers are brought closer together, the International Music Festival in Ako was held in fall 2007, and the Le Pont International Music Festival Himeji in fall 2008.
Since then, the festival was held alternately in Ako City and Himeji City, and from 2012, it has been held in both cities jointly.
* See the individual webpages of each performance for details.