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WMDF encourages a broad and long perspective. We remember the artists and audiences who have visited us from around the world, and the way that lives have been changed. We look forward to witnessing and taking part in the future stories of those we have encountered in the past.

2012, WMDF 005


WMDF marks its fifth anniversary by expanding to include visual arts and adding a third stage in front of the Koukaido. Also new for 2012: one-day passes, "Kanpa samba" sponsor time, re-modeled logo, WMDF bunting, "drop in" workshops in Motomachi Park, "stars" naming system, "Outreach" program expands to include Street Cafe in Daimon and Opening Party in the Green Belt (in conjunction with Hakodate Port Festival), first collaboration with Hotel Hakodateyama, and "Arigatou Party" officially allows staff and members of the public to enjoy the final party.



2011, WMDF 004


It's likely that any 2011 event in Japan will be viewed in the shadow of the events of March. At WMDF, we will also remember the earthquakes in Christchurch, which prevented our friends from the group "Imanuera" from following up their Opening Live Tour to be with us in August. But, we were deeply touched by the reactions of many artists to our "Open Japan" message: we still gathered representatives from 11 countries, and exceeded 30,000 audience for the first time, despite losing the final day to rain. New for 2011: the World Foods Court grows into the "Mogu Mogu Festival", Kid's Pass reduced price sponsor badge, live streaming online, iPad-based feedback system, success of the "Gomi Project", and mayoral greeting.

Artists:114 (11 countries)


2010, WMDF 003


New for 2010: second stage and World Food Court area; WMDF concept booklet; bi-annual anniversary compilation CD; WMDF recognised as an official non-profit organisation; the Kokusai Hotel gives one floor to WMDF; new Festival office; artist communal backstage area; participation in Hakodate's Port Festival parade; new web site; a dozen staff sent to research WOMADelaide; free English classes for staff; and much more. We are looking forward to making many new friends.

Artists:213 (11 countries)


2009, WMDF 002


The second WMDF was yet bigger and better. Groups, audience, and staff all reported how they had enjoyed and benefited. Motomachi Park looked even more professional than the year before, and the Sponsor Pass Booklet system of supporting shops and businesses was introduced. As an official sister event to the Hakodate 150 celebrations, WMDF showed what can be achieved with a relatively modest budget, when people are put first.

Artists:277 (12 countries)

2008, WMDF Inaugural


The launch of WMDF as an international event was built on the success of organising concerts in Hakodate for local and national musicians. The 2008 Hakodate summer was cold and wet, but audience reaction showed that we could compete on a world stage. WMDF is especially grateful to the groups that made this first international year a success.

Artists:148 (7 countries)

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