The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) unveiled the opening of Seoul Friendship Festival 2021, a global festival enjoyed by Seoul citizens, global citizens, and international residents and embassies in Korea.
This year’s festival marks its 24th anniversary, and will be held under the theme of “Enjoy International Culture in Seoul at Home!” from Fri, Oct. 1 to Sun, Oct. 10. The festival, which started in 1996 and established itself as a representative global festival of Seoul, hosted performances by international performers, promoted international tourism and offered food exhibitions every year in the vicinity of Seoul Plaza and Cheonggyecheon Stream, but this year’s festival will be held online without such programs due to the pandemic.
The opening ceremony will be held at 3 PM on Fri, Oct. 1. It will begin with an opening announcement by Mayor Oh Se-hoon, followed by congratulatory speeches by Chairman of the Seoul Metropolitan Council and Director of the Diplomatic Corps in Korea as well as fusion cultural performances. The opening ceremony will streamed on the SMG’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/seoullive).
This year’s festival comprises three themes of travel, culture and food, and international cities and embassies from 55 countries will participate to provide a variety of attractions and events for anyone from all over the world to enjoy. By hosting this year’s festival online, it is expected to attract visitors from all over the world without them having to visit Seoul.
On the last day of the festival on Sun, Oct. 10, there will be a live stream of the closing ceremony (online quiz show) with participation by Seoul citizens and international embassies in Korea as well as K-pop Korean Wave Talk Show for everyone to enjoy.
For details on the festival schedule, visit the official website (www.seoulfriendship.org) and search “Seoul Friendship Festival 2021” on social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook).