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■WMDF nonprofit GIA formed

(March 2, 2010 )

As one step towards achieving our long-term vision for WMDF, we are pleased to announce the formation of the public interest corporation, "WMDF General Incorprated Association" (WMDF GIA). 

The GIA is a relatively new form of nonprofit organisation in Japan (see http://www.koekihojin.com/en/comparison.html)

We hope that this GIA status will allow us to continue to build towards the future that we plan for WMDF. For instance, the GIA will allow us to start the process of creating a substantial WMDF office by directly employing full-time or part-time staff. 


 

■WMDF visits WOMAdelaide

(March 2, 2010 )

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We are working to make a long future for WMDF. To give our event, and especially our volunteers, as wide perspective as possible, we are sending twelve staff to WOMADelaide in Australia. 

This year's WOMADelaide marks fifty years of the Adelaide Festival, and features more than 500 artists from 27 countries.  See http://www.womadelaide.com.au/

In 2008, two WMDF committee members visited WOMADelaide (pictured), but this year's visit will be the first time that we have sent significant numbers of staff abroad. 

We are sure that we will gain many new ideas and inspirations from this experience.

WMDF would like to express our thanks to the WOMADelaide organisers for their fantastic cooperation in accommodating our visit.



 

■Groups Line Up for 2010

(December 29, 2009 )


WMDF is happy to announce the countries of the officially invited groups for WMDF number 003. Many thanks to all the people who have showed their interest in our Festival this year. We wish a happy new year to all: we are looking forward to exciting collaborations in 2010 and beyond. 

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■Photo Gallery 2009

(October 5, 2009 )

Many thanks to Hideyuki Emoto for these pictures of this year's WMDF. We hope that they bring happy memories for those that were there, and encourage those that missed it to come and look for themselves in the future.

Photos, by Hideyuki EMOTO (Glaretone)

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■Artists Returning Home Safely

(August 19, 2009 )

We have started to hear that groups are arriving safely home in their countries. Tears were shed at Hakodate Airport, but we will meet again soon in the Long Now. WMDF sincerely appreciates its new friends around the world, and is especially proud to have increased the numbers of people who have travelled all the way to Japan to visit just one place: Hakodate. Until the next times, and places.


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(Photo credit: Noriko Ono)


 

■Grand Finale

(August 14, 2009 )

All groups performed on the same stage for the only time in the Festival. WMDF thanks everyone for a hugely successful year. We will be back again in 2010. Expect news and details soon, as well as a picture gallery of this year's events.


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■WMDF Beats The Rain

(August 12, 2009 )

Many thanks to the dedicated audience and performers who helped us complete our final outdoor stage. The rain held off for an hour, but we all got wet. Still, hundreds stayed until the end and were rewarded with a miraculously dry performance by Hinokiya. For all those wanting more, the performance at the Citizen's Hall tonight (Thurs)  is the final chance in 2009.


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■Rain Alert, Wed 12th

(August 12, 2009 )

Thursday's rain has accelerated. The final concert at Motomachi park may have to be cancelled. Information on any cancellattion will appear here as soon as possible. We will not hold the concert at the secondary stage: either we will run the final event in the park, or it will be called off.


 

■WMDF Plays To Full Parks

(August 12, 2009 )

WMDF open stages in Motomachi Park have been full for the first three nights.

Tonight (Wed) is the last chance to see the outdoor stage before we beat Thursday's rain with the Grand Finale at the Citizen's Hall (shimin kaikan).

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■Nigeria Cancellation

(August 12, 2009 )

WMDF regrets to announce the Oyo State Cultural Dance Group have had to cancel their participation. The group themselves made every effort to ensure their participation, even for just the end of the Festival, but red tape and deadlines were against them. We hope to see them next year.


 

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