Very Soon (23 days…)

With 23 days left to our tenth anniversary, things are moving fast. Our staff will look the real deal this year in our all-new design WMDF T-shirts.

You too can become a proud owner of one of these shirts at our event (did we mention 23 days left?), but if you want one sooner, come along to our staff meet. We are always happy to welcome new faces, and observers are welcome, so there is no commitment. One of our themes is “Long Now”, so we encourage people to register for the staff email even if they think they might just have an hour or two to help out “next year, or, well, sometime”.


Next staff meet details:

Date: Jul 14 (Fri) 18:30-20:30
Place: Machi-Tsukuri Center, Suehiro-cho 4-19 (Map)
Participants: WMDF staff, newcomers, observers, Press
Contents: work time (making flags, passes, J/E translation), event explanation, etc.
Note: If you think you can help with the translation work, please bring a PC. Thanks.

There are many people to meet and many life-changing experience to be had!


Children of the World, Edition 4

Children from overseas will gather in winter Hokkaido! “Children of the World” is a heart-warming festival of world dance, music, chorus and friendship. Youth artists collaborate with local kids to build this festival together.

For this fourth edition, there are three groups from overseas. “The Ranranga Dance Academy” from Sri Lanka, “Ensemble Diamonds of Anabara” from Russia and “Play Dance” group from Russia. Local groups include the “Hakodate Matoba JH School” Brass band, and a special appearance by the young-at-heart Hinokiya.

The high quality performances by children at this event always impress the adult audience. We are waiting to present you with a unique atmosphere to chase away the winter blues.

"Children of the World" Festival, Edition 4
Date: Feb 26 (Sun) 13:00 start
Place: Hakodate Shimin Kaikan (Yunokawa-cho 1-32-1)
Grops: The Ranranga Dance Academy (Sri Lanka), Ensemble Diamonds of Anabara (Russia), Play Dance (Russia), Hakodate Matoba JH School, "Honorary Kids For The Day" Hinokiya and more.
Fee: 1,000 for Adults. 500 for Students. Free for babies and little children.
Tickets: Available in Hakodate Shimin Kaikan and at door.
Organiser: The Children of the World Committee, Worlds Meet Japan GIA.
Co-organiser: Hakodate Culture and Sports Shinkou Zaidan foundation.
Contact: 0138-51-5727 (Hitococochi, Inc, apologies but Japanese only)

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Festival Study Meet in Hokkaido

DSC07774WMDF Secretariat Takuma Fukuda will be guest speaker at a Festival-themed event on Oct 29 & 30 in Kutchan.

The organisers are bringing together a diverse and unusual mix of festival practitioners and researchers from all over Japan. For instance, you can hear a presentation from Kojima Shinjiro, the boss of WESS Japan, producers of the Rising Sun Rock Festival and many other big events in Hokkaido.

Workshops and social gatherings are part of the schedule, so this is a great chance to expand your festival network!

If you are interested in festival culture, please check out the site at A 2-night inclusive plan is yours for just 20,000 Yen.

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