WMDF makes an international program each year by selecting from all the groups that send us applications. We also program special appearances by approaching some groups directly, or by accepting personal recommendations.
In general, overseas groups fund their own travel all the way to Hakodate and WMDF then takes care of everything else (including accommodation, food, and transport around town). We also have “self-funding groups”, described in the “Detailed Application Information” page.
WMDF accepts applications on a rolling basis all year-round, with a deadline of Oct 20 for attending the following year’s Festival. We aim to make the final decisions on participation in December. Before contacting WMDF, we recommend reading this section of our web site thoroughly by clicking on the buttons above.
We look forward to receiving applications from any groups that accept our terms and conditions. Note that for applications received after the deadline of 20th October, we can typically offer only waiting list places for the upcoming event. We encourage all those with an interest to apply as early as possible.