200 Days


The countdown to this year’s event is at two hundred days.

Two hundred overseas artists…?

Two hundred volunteer staff…?

Two hundred media articles…?

We shall see.

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Welcoming the 2020s

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_23efOlympics year, and WMDF is gearing up for a remarkable celebration. We will be bringing you yet more new worlds to meet, and are already working with a slew of great artists on a 2020 festival program that you will really want to come and see. Our best wishes go out to all our followers and collaborators around the world!

“Misora Hibari” Virtual Performance

WMDF has themes including long view of time, and the intersections of different worlds. And we always have an interest in technology, and in arresting performances.


So, the recent news from NHK caught our attention. They have used AI and many other advanced skills to stage a virtual concert. The singer they chose was “Misora Hibari”. She passed away 30 years ago this year. She was remarkable even from a young age.

She was described as a “cultural icon” on her Wikipedia page. Her re-imagined AI performance was held in front of people who knew her in real life.

Misora Hibari was on WMDF’s “dream list” of artists to share if there were no limitations… Maybe some of our dreams are closer than we think.

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