World Music and Dance Festival (WMDF)

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Country and Region JapanHokkaido
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
Festival Contact Information

Committee of the WMDF
c/o Hitococochi, Inc.
52-1 Jinkawa-cho,
Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido 041-0833 JAPAN
Phone: +81-138-51-5727 (Japanese only)
Fax: +81-138-51-6465

Festival Description

The port city of Hakodate’s international festival supplies a long-awaited venue for international folklore and world music and dance groups to gather in Japan. Performers from all over the world meet together and exchange world culture with each other and with festival-goers through a series of events over the course of a week. The Festival is centered on an outdoor concert stage with a spectacular outlook on the famous night view in front of Hakodate Mountain, and also incorporates numerous smaller-scale performances and workshops at “Fringe” events around the town. The WMDF committee organizes the event under the theme of “Long Now, Big Here”, with the support and assistance of many volunteers, and especially the work of the traveling band “Hinokiya”.

WMDF is organised by the Committee of the World Music and Dance Festival, which is an activity of the non-profit World Music and Dance Festival General Incorporated Association (WMDF GIA). Production is by Hitococochi Inc.

Festival Dates August 4 - 11, 2013
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Festival Events:

Archived international participants 2010:
  • Gruppo Folkloristico “Val Resia”
  • Kateryna
  • Solo Keita
  • Bayefall Revolution
  • Chuvashian State Academical Ensemble of Song and Dance
  • “ALKARTASUNA” Eskal Dantza Taldea
  • Peruvian Folklore Group
  • Ha Ga Rang (Korea)
  • Brian Hulse
Archived participants 2009:
  • Ballet “Ara de Madrid
  • Celtic Roots
  • Danzerini di Lucinico
  • Hinokiya
  • Lo Ceu de Pau
  • Toont (Russia)
  • Dinamika Multiinovasi (Indonesia)
  • Zemaitukas
  • Satyananda Das & Hori Dasi
  • Hugo Fattoruso & Tomohiro Yahiro
Archived participants 2008:
  • Bunun
  • Hinokiya
  • Kang Yun Sun & Shin Hye Kyung Dance Company
  • Kateryna
  • Kotobuki
  • Saratuspersen
  • Sofia-6 Ensemble
  • Tau Fuata Niue (Video)
  • Tokyo Groove Alliance


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