WMDF and the Mogu Mogu Festival are brought to you by "Worlds Meet Japan". We are non-profit, and run by volunteers. Any proceeds of our event go to our work on transformational social and educational projects locally and internationally.
This is our experiment on what could be realised in an online space:
12 online lives, including India and Iran, Indonesia & virtual performers
12 online showcase rooms: artists, art projects, science experience & more
6 virtual stages of video content, with contributed content from over 30 artists from over 10 countries, including Australia, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, Belarus, Lithuania, Argentina, Netherlands, USA, & Mexico
79 collaborating Hakodate stores: enjoy with food & refreshments from your home, with our delivery online partners!
No software installation required, just access from a browser (desktop highly recommended, with Chrome-based browsers performing best). It is a social space: you are free to mute and turn off camera, or to go wild and interact. There is a capacity limit, so please log out if inactive.
It is a first trial at this kind production, so please just enjoy all the hitches. Maybe there are some hints for online events, community collaboration, and internationalisation.
Here are the times of individual lives. Enjoy!
30th (Sat) @17:00~ オープニング&オンライン芸術祭の紹介 / Opening & Tour of Online Festival Space @17:45 チョイスちゃん / Choice Chan @18:10 クラバー＆マロン/ Clabar&Maron @20:00 亀しょうから生中継/ Live broadcast from Kamesho @20:45 芸術祭バーコンコルド21からの中継/ Live broadcast From WMDF bar ＠21:30 スミタ・ナグデブ/ Smita Nagdev (India) @22:30 ナヴァイエメール/ Navayemehr（Iran) @23:30 / Parahyena (Indonesia)
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:
From Aug 26, an NCV program that was filmed at the event will be part of the “Hakodate Artist Live” series broadcast by NCV:
The Moat’s Art site offers live streaming links, video digests, and more. Maintaining the arts & maintaining physical distance!
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…