I would like to welcome musicians from all over the world including domestic musicians for participating in the 19th Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival. Your efforts have lead cultural delegation to take another step in building firm friendship.
Wind music in Jeju has started to develop around 60 years ago during the time of Korean War symbolizing peace and hope. Sound of wind music and drums brought pure aspiration and hope to the citizens of Jeju during the hard times that they faced during the war times and this is how "Wind Music in Jeju" took the first step.
Jeju which has been the triple winner from the UNESCO World Heritage and became one of the New 7 Wonders of the World opened the door to all the visitors. As much popular as Jeju became, Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival also became one of the major Wind Festivals in the world.
Especially this year, Jeju is hosting again the biggest wind festival in Asia and Pacific which is Asia and Pacific Band Directors' Association following the year of 2004. Many amateur bands including community bands and student bands are participating from many different countries and cities for this special event.
How pure and amazing scene created by the music!
Jeju is a small island. However, the value of Jeju is limitless like diamonds. Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival which gained sympathy from the audience as well as participants became a special art festival that raises the value of Jeju.
I wish that the sound of wind music from Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival will give hope and love to everyone. Also, I hope that all the performers and the audience will enjoy their time in Jeju.