The “Hi Seoul Festival 2010,” planned to be held from May 1 to 9, has been delayed till autumn. Seoul City said it pushed back the Hi Seoul Festival to autumn due to the national mourning after the sinking of the Cheonan patrol ship. This year, the city plans to scale back the annual festival’s programs.
Seoul City expects to hold the Hi Seoul Festival, which aims to become a “festival made by citizens in Seoul and enjoyed by people around the world,” in late September or early October. The programs will be trimmed down and linked to events organized by the government and private sectors in autumn. Launched in 2003, the Hi Seoul Festival had been held every spring, sometime before or after the Children’s Day national holiday. In 2008, the festival was held four times, once in each of the four seasons, but this year marks the first time that the festival will be delayed to autumn.