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I would like to express my warmest greetings to all of you who have come to Jeju for the 22nd Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival and the 12th Jeju International Brass Competition.

Jeju is commonly known as an island of wind.

Densely thatched roofs and porous stone walls are among the best known works of the wind in Jeju.

In Jeju, winds generate electricity, the source of running electric cars and the driving force of creating a new energy revolution.

The wind around fields of Jeju and volcanic peaks is harmonized with the brass music loved by the world.

This year we have approximately 3,500 brass musicians visiting Jeju from about 20 countries.

The golden melody that resonates magnificently in performance venues, villages, and multi-cultural spaces will make the summer of Jeju cooler.

In particular, performance with Haenyeo (woman divers) and concerts of bakk-goe-ri (an outbuilding of a Jeju traditional house) will be conducted for the first time this year.

Jeju's folk songs arranged for brass music will also be premiered, touching our hearts.

I believe that the charm of wind music will be felt this year as it has always met the demands of public audiences by breaking down boundaries between countries and regions, races and languages, and performers and the audience.

Hoping that the sweet melody of the wind music in Jeju Island will be a blissful gift to all of you, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Hyun Eul-Sang, the chairperson of the JIWEF Organizing Committee and everyone for organizing this festival and to the audience for being with us.