はこだて国際民俗芸術祭組織委員会 WMDF.org Committee of World Music and Dance Festival

はこだて国際民俗芸術祭(WMDF)は、世界の音楽や舞踊を通じて、大いなる喜びを分かち合うと共に、未に対して責任ある態度を育みます。

About WMDF

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World Music and Dance Festival, HakodateWMDF

 

Feel the rhythms of the Earth.

 

Music and dance are models for how ideas and culture can become the heritage of future generations. The World Music and Dance Festival, Hakodate (WMDF) explores the pathways of the future through a living recreation of cultural  traditions in the present. 

 

The Festival is supported by an organizing committe comprising staff from all walks of life in Hakodate city, and especially by the members of "Hinokiya", a traveling band formed in Hakodate.  Production support by Hitococochi, Inc.


WMDF Main Event, August in Hakodate

 

Folklore and world music and dance groups from all over the world meet together and exchange world culture with each other and with festival-goers through a series of events over the course of a week. WMDF aims to be Japan's first and foremost festival focussed on regularly bringing large numbers of overseas performers to the country. The Festival is centered on an outdoor concert stage in Hakodate Motomachi Park with a spectacular view in front of Hakodate Mountain, and also incorporates numerous smaller-scale performances and workshops at "Fringe" events around the town. 

 

Opening Kick-off Tour

 

WMDF also features a kick-off tour in the southern Hokkaido ("Donan") and the northern Honshu ("Tohoku") region in May and June. The live tour publicises the WMDF main event and embodies the "Long Now, Big Here" theme by bringing forward the WMDF start date and by expanding the performance area across the local region. In 2009, the first concert was held in Hakodate City Art Hall, featuring Hinokiya" (traditional and modern Japanese drumming) , "Tonfa & Taimin" (Taiwanese traditional music), "Chi Burugood & Miho" (Mongolian bato harp), and "Percussion Units" (African drummmers).


WMDF Concept Book

 

For 2010, we are working on a concept book that will be sent to all artists before they set out to attend the Festival. The concept book will also be available at WMDF performances.

 

LOGO

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Design: Nandy (2008)

Concept: Represents the atmosphere of a dancing crowd.

Meaning: The letters "sai" come from the Japanese character for "Festival".

Colour: Orange (DIC160). WMDF theme colour.

 

Links

 

    *WMDF "Long Now" 2009 Staff Blog    http://blog.wmdf.org/

    *mixi (WMDFcommunity site)

                      http://mixi.jp/view_community.pl?id=3295663

    * Kadmus Arts (WMDF Link)

                    http://kadmusarts.com/festivals/3997.html

    * Hakodate 150 celebrations (No English)

                    http://www.hakodate150.com/

    


Related Information

* The Long Now Foundation   http://www.longnow.org

* Stewart Brand "Clock Of The Long Now" Basic Books, 2000

Volunteer Staff

WMDF is always looking for volunteers to help with the running of Festival. It's fun. Why not join in?

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