“New Beginnings” Gallery Is Live


Hokkaido is well into autumn, but we are recalling summer highlights with our 2018 photo gallery. As a start on the “new beginnings” theme for the next decade of our event, we hope you get a sense of some of the potential. Not resting on our laurels, we are already hard at work on next year, so start making your plans for August 5th to 11th. For international artists:  the Oct 20 is coming soon!

Posted on 2018/10/06 by Ian Frank

International Participation: 2019 Call


The heart of our festival is international music and dance artists from around the world. We welcome inquiries, recommendations and expressions of interest. We are “waiting for you” in Hokkaido.

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We are already working with some great groups to make an amazing program. Apply, send us your suggestions, or juststart making your plans for a Japan holiday amid our week of world culture next August 5-11. 

Posted on 2018/09/28 by Ian Frank

Sept 8th News Update


Thanks to all those who have conacted us in the aftermath of the Hokkaido Earthquake. In Hakodate damage was very limited, but as with the whole of Hokkaido, we were affected by suspended facilities, such as electricity, water and transportation. We do not yet have full information, but daily life is mostly carrying on. We are sorry that it may take time for us to reply to individual queries. For English information on the Hokkaido earthquake, we recommend this Japan Times live blogThis year, Japan was unfortunate to experience unusual floods, heatwave, large typhoon and earthquake all in a short time. Our thoughts are with all those affected.

Posted on 2018/09/08 by Ian Frank