WMDF is produced by “Worlds Meet Japan”, so our first event this year was the “Worlds Meet” Bar. We completely filled the cocktail bar Concord 21 to standing room only. A huge menu of world cocktails and beers was enjoyed by all, including some recovering from the same day’s Hakodate Marathon.
Bar staff and floor staff roles were carried out by the core organisers of WMDF, as a special thanks to our volunteer staff and customers.
BGM was compiled from previous WMDF artists, and the posters, fliers and tickets for this year’s event were all available. The Whole Week Sponsor Passes are selling fast, so get yours soon before the limited edition of 999 runs out.
Our event relies on the efforts of many volunteers, so we were really happy to meet WMDF newbies who were interested in becoming staff for the first time. Come along to our staff meetings (just observing is also OK), or register on our Staff page. The next important date is the staff meeting on Jul 19 (Tue) from 18:30 in the Machi-Tsukuri Center in Juujigai.
Preparations have been continuing apace for 2016, and the other day we held our first staff meeting. Thanks to many new faces for turning up!
WMDF likes the lively and interactive, so we held our 1-minute “speed date”: two circles with newcomers on the outside and old hands on the inside, the inner group moving every 60 seconds. So in 40 minutes, 1500 meetings and conversations: roughly the same number of artists that have come to our festivals over the last 8 years. Looks like fun, doesn’t it?
We will be making the first artist lineup announcement really soon on this site, but staff get a sneak preview of our international lineup. Here is the director introducing the groups:
WMDF staff organisation revolves around “han” that have different responsibilities. The han leaders gave quick explanations of their activities, and we split to work on tasks. We are definitely looking for more volunteers, so if you have an interest, please check out the recruiting page, were you can register:
The next important date is the staff meeting on Jun 30 (Thu) from 18:30 in the Machi-Tsukuri Center in Juujigai. Also check out our “Worlds Meet Bar” event on Jun 26 (Sun). See you soon!