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East Asia Collection exhibition marks Bewdley Museum reopening

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A museum is set to reopen with a bang and visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the exotic culture of the Orient.

Bewdley Museum

Taiko drumming will help announce the official reopening of Bewdley Museum on March 3.

The doors will open at 10am to visitors who will be able to see free-of-charge the 19th Century East Asian Collection, showcasing a wide variety of ancient relics.

Martial art performances and traditional music will add to the atmosphere.

Origami birds, created by Jo and Kate Deburg from Planet Art, will be on display in the foyer, while the main exhibition will feature Japanese hanging scrolls and jade carvings.

Throughout the day Taiko drumming performances, weapon demonstrations and Jujutsu skills will be showcased.

The popular Shambles Cafe will also be open with an East Asian theme alongside the normal menu.

Councillor Juliet Smith, Wyre Forest District Council's cabinet member for culture, leisure and community protection, said: “I am delighted that the museum will be reopening with a traditional East Asian theme.

"The collection will give visitors a real authentic flavour of Japanese and Chinese culture and I am sure that the exhibits will prove fascinating.

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“From a cultural point of view, Wyre Forest offers a great deal for its residents, and the museum has gone from strength-to-strength.

"I am excited about the programme of events planned for the year and I am sure that visitors will enjoy everything that the coming season will offer.”

The East Asia Collection exhibition will run until May 7.

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