As Hokkaido Enters 2nd Stay-At-Home…

On Thursday, the Japanese Prime Minister announced the extension of the emergency order already in place in the south of Japan. (External news links: Asahi, Bloomberg). Hokkaido has already implemented and exited from one voluntary stay-at-home period, so we are optimistic that this one will also be effective.

Image credit: Yuki Shimazu on Flickr, Creative Commons licence

We would like to thank so much all the people around the world who have sent us their best wishes. Especially, to all the artists who reacted with such understanding to the cancelling of their participation in this year’s festival, we appreciate your messages so much. And, we were so amazed by the response to our request for donations to cover our fixed costs. We were hesitant with the message that we have large outlay even if we don’t have a large event, but the open-hearted and warm gestures we received were incredible. During this time when financial hardship is widespread, it was an inspiration for us.

So now, the cherry blossom season starts to arrive in our northern land. Its welcome will be more restrained than usual. But as we contemplate from indoors, we will be re-doubled in our commitment to bring you some kind of event to brighten the 2020 calendar. What will be able to do? We will be thinking hard, and we hope that you too may join us with any suggestions.

Stay tuned, be kind, and stay safe. Thank you so much.

Posted on 2020/04/18 by Secretariat

Main 2020 Event Loses International Stages

We regret to announce that edition number 013 of our event, planned for August 5 to August 11, cannot take place as we had hoped.

Please read our complete announcement:

013 will still run, but in a different form. WMDF will be working hard within the community to still bring some much-needed escape and brightness to Hokkaido’s summer.

In these unprecedented times, our thoughts are primarily with everyone suffering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic around the world. We wish for your fortitude and your safety.

Please Consider Making a Donation

We will be working to cover our fixed costs such as warehouse storage of event materials, web presence, and other logistics.

Please help us to support the local community’s culture and economy.

Thanks to all for the contributions so far: we look forward to creating the next cycle of our event together.

Posted on 2020/04/07 by Secretariat

第013回「はこだて国際民俗芸術祭」について

一般社団法人ワールズ・ミート・ジャパンから皆さまへ大変残念なお知らせがございます。

2020年8月5日から11日まで元町公園で開催を予定しておりました、第013回「はこだて国際民俗芸術祭」につきまして、通常の開催が困難であると判断しました。詳しくは次のPDFの全文をご覧ください。

第013回芸術祭につきましては、異なる内容の開催へ向けて準備を続けます。

末筆ながら、新型コロナウイルス感染症に苦しまれている皆さまにお見舞い申し上げるとともに、一日も早い終息を願っております。

協賛金・寄付金のお願い

通常の開催を見送る結果となりましたが、それでも倉庫等賃料、通信費、インターネット関連費、法人税等の固定費が生じる見込です。

厳しい状況を承知しておりますが、協賛金・寄付金のご協力をお願いいたします。ご協力いただいた方のご芳名・御社名を芸術祭ホームページに掲載させていただきます。

異なる内容の開催へ向けて、そして来年へ向けて。
なにとぞ協賛金・寄付金についてご検討を賜りたくお願い申し上げます。

Posted on 2020/04/07 by Secretariat