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The First Asian Orchestra Festival took place in Fukuoka between August 18 and August 21 in Fukuoka (Japan). It was also the 39th Amateur Orchestra Festival organized by the Japan Amateur Orchestra Federation (JAO)
It was a large gathering of musicians from all over Japan (about 300 adults and 80 youth) as well as from many parts of Asia(120 adults and 40 youth. Attendance was not limited to active participants to the final concert but included coaches, teachers, representatives of many countries. Those representatives attended meetings organized by NPO WFAO and WFAO and the rich information they provided about their activities in their respective countries allowed everyone to grasp the actual situation of amateur orchestras in the countries they represented. That information is essential to analyze and plan both NPO WFAO and WFAO future activities.
Ｂ Adult orchestra Conducto Shinji Moriguchi Mahler "Das Lied von der Erde"
Youth orchestra Conductor :Shigeo Genda Khachaturian Suite "Masquerade"
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Thanks to the Fukuoka ＮPO WFAO meetings new links were established with
countries with which we had previously very little or no contact at all.
Of particular interest was the illuminating exposition made by Miss Zuhar
about the Iraq youth orchestra which was set up and is financed by its
own youthful members. That orchestra uses the Internet to gather its players.
Participants from abroad were taken to a sightseeing tour to the Dazaifu
Tenmanguu temple to give them a taste of Japaneseculture. The weather was
splendid and all of them enjoyed theoccasion as well as the reception party
where all sang together in Japanese.
than one third of the youthful participants were from foreign countries. That
means that during rehearsals it was possible to see youth from different
countries trying to overcome the language barriers but ultimately communication
relied directly on music.
The program of the Festival Concert included very difficult works and it was remarkable to hear the quality of the music they achieved in after only two days of rehearsals. It allowed all of us to confirm once more that music transcends all language, cultural, racial and national barriers to become a wonderful tool of common understanding. After returning to their own countries many participants let us know how happy and deep the experience at the Festival had been and their intense desire to come back to Japan. We are already preparing some new occasions to do music together at both the World Orchestra Festival to be held in Shizuoka next year and the Second Asian Festival that we hope to celebrate in Korea the following year. We are deeply grateful for the positive reactions we have received from foreign participants at the Fukuoka Festival and we are keen to express NPO WFAO’s staff gratitude for the warm feelings and encouragement you all provided
WFAO Asian Meeting Joint declaration
1. We wish to thank the Fukuoka Citizens
Orchestra for organizing the First Asian Amateur Orchestra Festival in Fukuoka.
The festival was organized to widen our horizon and actions throughout the
2. As we are headed towards a new Asian era,
we heard the presentations of the representatives of the different countries
and gathered valuable information regarding the amateur orchestras activities
in each country. That information will help us deepen our mutual understanding
and cultural exchanges.
3. As Asia is becoming more important on the
world scene, this Festival will help us love each other’s cultures and
hopefully contribute to world peace. We declare our determination to continue
to organize such festivals in the future.
4. According to this declaration, we express our desire to tighten the network between Asian countries and we consider this festival an important step forward. We have also decided to form and establish the “Asian Festival Organizing Committee” in order to promote future festivals
WFAO Asian Meeting Joint declaration 於.pdf へのリンク
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