SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 30, 2018 — The 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (hereinafter the “Seoul Biennale”) will take place in Seoul from September 7 to November 10 with the theme of Collective City: Reclaiming the City, Redefining Architecture.
The 2019 Seoul Biennale is Korea’s first global academic and exhibition event about cities and architecture, which brings together the world’s institutions, universities and experts, specialized in cities and architecture, serving as a venue for discussing and sharing urban issues with citizens.
This year’s Biennale will begin with Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon’s declaration of the opening at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) at 3:30 p.m. on September 7. About 300 guests of architects, artists, and ordinary citizens are expected to participate in the opening ceremony that consists of two parts.
The first part of the opening ceremony will be held at the DDP for one hour, featuring various performances that culturally reinterpret the dynamism of the “Collective City.” The performances include Pyeongyang Geomgimu, or Pyeongyang’s sword dance, that expresses Koreans’ joy and sorrow following the changes of the two cities, Seoul and Pyongyang; and Jeonwoochi Performance that reinterprets 100 years of Korean modern era’s dance, sound, and play.
After the first part is over, participants will take the “Biennale City Tour” bus to go to the Donuimun Museum Village, the venue for the opening ceremony’s second part. Professional urban commentators will give a full explanation of how to understand the Seoul Biennale when they depart from the DDP for the Donuimun Museum Village, passing through major exhibition venues of the Biennale, including Sewoon Sangga and the Seoul Museum of History.
During the second part of the opening ceremony, a talk show will be held for one and half an hour (5:10 p.m. to 6:40 p.m.), where participants are able to share their thoughts about the city. Mayor Park Won-Soon who “builds the city’s vision,” urban experts who “make the city,” and citizens who are the “main actors of the city,” will together discuss and share urban issues. The citizens’ opinions and questions about Seoul and diverse ways to develop the city will be taken through a tablet PC on the spot.