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Moats Art: Three Days Left to See

Traditional storytellers, samurai, and people wearing chicken suits… Everything you’d expect from a slightly wacky rowboat event! With 20 live performances through July and August, it has been great to see so many artists really loving the chance to perform. Everything is easy once the performers are enjoying themselves.

Above the event itself, there is the message that the arts can still continue even in these exceptional times. There are difficulties all around us, but new solutions are possible, and maybe we can look in different ways at our surroundings to find fresh inspirations…

There are a few performance slots left for the final three days (Wed 26, Sat 29 & Sun 30). Want to take a chance to try something different yourself?

Moat’s Art was one of 14 activities selected for a WAON “Hokkaido Isan” award this year, and we were featured on NHK (national broadcaster) news:

Click to visit NHK site (includes video)

From Aug 26, an NCV program that was filmed at the event will be part of the “Hakodate Artist Live” series broadcast by NCV:

Click to visit NCV site (includes video)

The Moat’s Art site offers live streaming links, video digests, and more. Maintaining the arts & maintaining physical distance!

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Moat’s Art! The Arts are Afloat in Hakodate

Photo credits: EIGHT

Thanks to all for the first two weeks of our original summer event putting artists in rowboats on the moat in Goryokaku Park. What a variety we have already seen, from classical and opera, to folk, flute, guitar, and even costumed theatre!

Today is Aug 5, and we should all be in Motomachi Park celebrating another festival year in style. Still, on this smaller scale on the moat, we will be continuing the “meeting of worlds” tradition under the slogan “Keeping the arts, keeping physical distance”. We run every Sat&Sun before noon, and with the sunset on Wednesdays. It has been great to see all the artists thoroughly enjoying an opportunity to perform again. For schedule and also videos, check out the Moat’s Art site. We hope you stay safe, and maybe find your own floating of the boats this summer…

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“Moat’s Art” New Event for 2020

This will be a summer without global artists performing in Motomachi Park, but it will not be a summer without WMDF creativity!

In one of our many brainstorming sessions about what to do in a Covid World, we came up with the idea of maintaining physical distance by having performers in rowboats on the moat of Hakodate’s fort.

This crazy idea is now in production!

You can see all the details at the Moat’s Art web site.

We teamed up with the good folk from the “Yagai Geki” to kick off the event with an art installation of our “World’s Eye” flags. Thanks to all who turned up to beautify the “stage”.

We will be doing our best to bring a little art spark to these hard times and support the local creative community. Since physical distancing means we can’t have large crowds, we will be making Moat’s Art videos available online… Maybe you can find your own inspiration?

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