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。

Concept

The "Long Now Concerts"

Responsibility.

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Long Now, Big Here


Music and dance are a window on the past: to histories, ideas and culture that form our heritage. At the same time, the act itself of creating music or of dancing is a model for how ideas, stories and culture can become the heritage of future generations.

2009 celebrates the 150th anniversary of the opening of our  town's port. WMDF marks this not by just looking at the past, but also by encouraging a long view of the future: "150 years past, 150 years forward".

In 1978, Elise Boulding diagnosed the problem of our time as  "temporal exhaustion": "If one is mentally out of breath all the time from dealing with the present, there is no energy left for imagining the future". As a remedy, she suggested expanding our idea of the present to two hundred years---100 years backwards and one hundred years forwards. Such a time-scale encompasses grandparents to grandchildren---people to whom we feel responsible.

This type of thinking has recently been given significant impetus by the work of the Long Now Foundation. WMDF has no affiliation with the Long Now Foundation, but we share the goal of wanting to spread "Long Now" and "Big Here" thinking. For us, the mix of tradition, education, and global exchange represented by an international festival is beautifully suited for this. 

Expanding peoples' sense of both time and space ("Long Now, Big Here") describes not only what we hope for as the result of our efforts, but also the core performance method by which our Festival achieves its goal. Through unique stages and through creating global ties of shared friendship and experience, WMDF aims year on year to help the world build a long, big future.

Sponsor Pass ("Shimin Sponsor Pass")

Shared.

A large number of WMDF events are free. The responsibility of funding the Festival is taken on by normal Hakodate townspeople, who buy a "Sponsor Pass". This is symbolic of the support of the whole town. The Sponsor Pass expands the time and the space of the Festival: sponsors are encouraged to wear the pass as an advertisement in the run-up to the event, and a large number of shops and restaurants around town offer discounts to pass holders.  

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Perspective

Life-changing.

Although stage performances may appear to be the focus of the festival, WMDF is all about the changing of world-views. Visiting groups will take away with them a whole new vision of Asia, Japan and Hakodate. Festival-goers will have their horizons expanded. And the people who have the ultimate experience from the Festival? The staff. The WMDF Committee naturally takes the training of staff seriously, so that our meetings typically have some element of study (often with out-of-the-box workshops). This is the most obvious way that peoples' own lives are changed. But our staff meetings bring together people from an extraordinary cross-section of local life, and we are able to realise something of the effects that we can have on the lives of others. Especially once artists start to arrive, we have the rare opportunity to genuinely feel what it means to be a working part of an event that can stay in the hearts and minds of people across the globe for years to come. WMDF is far longer and far bigger inside than out. Care to join us?  


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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Sponsor Pass