The Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts will hold the 2011 Gwanghwamun Grand Culture Festival, a global culture and arts fiesta with various themes, from April 28 to October 9, in and around a special stage on the central stairway of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Gwanghwamun.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government aims to develop the Gwanghwamun Grand Culture Festival as Korea’s representative history and culture experience event, where Seoul citizens and foreign tourists can get together and have a great time.
Starting with a Memorial Festival held under the theme of “The Story of Chungmugong Admiral Lee Sun-sin” in April, the 2011 Gwanghwamun Grand Culture Festival will include the Gwanghwamun Springtime Starry Night Festival from May to June; the World Music Festival, featuring the best musicians from all around the world from July to August; the Gwanghwamun Fall Starry Night Festival in September; and the Memorial Festival under the theme of “The Story of King Sejong the Great” in October.
Collectively, they will involve more than 150 performances of diverse genres, plus participation-oriented programs for citizens and visitors.
From April 27 to 28, to mark the birth date of Admiral Lee Sun-sin, the Memorial Festival: Story of Chungmugong Admiral Lee Sun-sin will take place in the form of a history-themed festival comprising performances and exhibitions, free open lectures and academic seminars, held in conjunction with the Stories of King Sejong and Admiral Lee exhibition halls in the underground section of Gwanghwamun Square.
From Monday to Friday every week during May 2 to June 30, the Gwanghwamun Springtime Starry Night Festival will be held in the city center under the theme of “Legend of Dreams and Passion” at the special stage on the central stairway of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. After the conclusion of the spring event, the World Music Festival will be held from July 4 to August 31. This program for this festival, held under the theme of “Encounters and Exchange with the World,” features talented musicians from Korea and overseas who will introduce the music and songs of various countries, turning up the heat of the summer night fever.
The World Music Festival will be followed by the Gwanghwamun Fall Starry Night Festival, held under the theme of “Legend of Memories and Romantic Experience” from September 1 to October 7. At this festival, Korea’s top musicians will stage a flurry of music performances, filling the autumnal nights with beautiful emotions.
The 2011 Gwanghwamun Grand Culture Festival will reach its grand finale with the Memorial Festival: the Story of King Sejong the Great, which will involve various performances and experience-oriented programs for the public on October 8 ~ 9, at the special stage of the central stairway of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts and the Story of King Sejong Exhibition Hall in Gwanghwamum Square.
* Inquiries: Performance planning team, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts (+82-2-399-1612)