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  • Cultural festivals during the G20 Summit

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    Foreign visitors to Seoul can explore the capital’s other side thanks to the upcoming meeting of the Group of 20 leading economies taking place in the Korean capital, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said.

    It highlighted that a wide array of cultural festivals have been rolling out ahead of the G20 Summit, which takes place from Nov. 11 to 12, and will continue to do so after the global meeting.

    Seoul G20 Summit Commemoration Concert, Pianist Kevin Kern Concert, Dream Village Movie Court

    Noteworthy event categories to have been launched by Seoul City thus far include the 2010 Seoul Lantern Festival, MAC Indie Festival, Samcheong Street Cultural Festival, and Seoul Arts Competition.

    For a successful G20 Summit, the city government said it planned the “G20 Summit Commemoration Concert” to be led by the world-class conductor Chung Myung-whun. The concert will take place on Nov. 7 at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts and Culture.

    Foreign diplomats, local and foreign journalists, foreign and local dignitaries, and other foreign community members will be invited to fuel support for a successful G20 Summit.

    Seoul City added that it plans to promote Seoul as a destination rich with cultural and artistic programs by actively supporting diverse cultural activities around the city.

    Seoul Lamp Festival (Cheonggye Plaza and Cheonggye Stream)

    From Nov. 5 to 14, the surrounding areas of Cheonggyecheon (Stream) will light up with the “2010 Seoul Lantern Festival,” under the theme “Forest of Hope,” in time for the global summit. The festival will feature Korean and foreign traditional lamps.

    Visitors to the artsy area of Hongdae will be able to see and feel the energy of youthful rebellion at the “2010 MAC Indie Festival” set to take place from Nov. 19 to 20. The program will feature independent bands such as No Brain and Transfixion.

    The “2010 Samcheong Street Cultural Festival” taking place until Nov. 14 will offer the public the chance to visit the area’s famous museums and galleries. At the same time, visitors to the area have the chance to view and enjoy Gyeongbokgung and the Changdeokgung Palace.

    Seoul City also boasts various public programs related to traditional Korean culture amongst other things.

    For instance, Namsangol Hanok Village holds Korean cultural programs that can be enjoyed at an affordable rate. Some of the learning activities include paper folding, “Gugak” (traditional Korean music), ancestral memorial rites, and traditional Korean mannerisms and etiquette.

    Traditional handicraft can also be enjoyed as of Nov. 7 during the traditional cultural props exhibition taking place at Bukchon Cultural Center. The forms of handicraft used in the women’s quarters and in other everyday miscellaneous goods of the past will be showcased.

    For more information log onto the respective homepage or contact the Seoul Call Center by dialing 120.