Jeju island is located at the southernmost tip of Korea and is called "the island of peace" with its clean air, water and wonderful landscape. The Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival (JIWEF) is a major music festival combining the wind orchestra's easiness of outdoor performances with Jeju's peaceful image and summertime romance.
The JIWEF has opened every other year with the effort and work of Jeju natives since 1995. In 1998, we have prepared a small size special ensemble with participants from Japan, Taiwan, and Germany. That marked the start of the festival on the even numbered years focused on professionalism in contrast to the general popularity of the odd numbered years. In 2000, we have prepared a international brass competition in addition to the ensemble festival. The competition seeks to find out and foster young, talented wind instrumentalists from around the world and to give them an opportunity to share friendships and cultural exchange with one another. The competition is the only one in the world that holds whole brass divisions including Horn, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Brass Quintet, and Percussions. It gives an opportunity to the competitors, in order to share musical exchange by offering a camp program. The competition has become a member of WFIMC(World Federation of International Music Competitions) in April, 2009.
IIn 2004, in addition to JIWEF, the 13th Asia-Pacific Band Directors' Association Wind Music Festival, and in 2006, the World Championship of Marching Show Bands was held. In 2014, the 18th APBDA will be open again in Jeju.
It pursues to promote the popularity and specialty of the wind music through hosting the both event together - Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festrival and Jeju Brass Competition. They are held for 9 days from 8th to 16th of August in 2016.