The opening ceremony of “Zürich Meets Seoul,” a festival organized for exchange between the two cities of Zürich and Seoul, will be held at the Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture on September 28, 2019.
From September 28 to October 5, the “Zürich Meets Seoul” festival will present thirty various events throughout Seoul in the two areas of arts & culture and science & technology. Festival events will include public lectures and workshops on advanced themes in science and technology, such as blockchain, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and artificial intelligence (AI) technology, with participation by experts from the two cities’ academic circles, technical experts, and persons involved in the industries. Furthermore, the festival will feature various cultural and art programs, from a jazz concert and electronic musical performances by artists from both Zürich and Seoul to public art exhibitions, a coffee festival, and Swiss film festival.
In 2018, Mayor Park Won-soon of Seoul visited the city of Zug of Zürich, Switzerland, the heart of the blockchain industry to present the “Blockchain City Seoul Promotion Plan” and conclude the “Agreement on the Establishment of a Friendly Relationship Between the Seoul Metropolitan Government (Korea) and the Government of the Canton of Zurich (Switzerland).” Corine Mauch, mayor of Zürich, requested Seoul’s cooperation for the “Zürich Meets Seoul” event hosted by the two cities.
The “Seoul Smart City Summit” workshop on “Rethinking Cities,” sponsored by the city of Seoul and the Seoul Digital Foundation, will host a discussion on the theme of public and private digitalization for solving the problems of public cities and urban planning of the digital age. Through this event, Zürich and Seoul will discuss measures for sustainable smart city technology and development to tackle urgent urban problems and share the two cities’ experiences to strengthen global cooperation.
Programs in the area of arts and culture will feature cultural and art performances and exhibitions, in addition to music and art, workshops, film festivals, a design market, and other fun cultural and art programs that will provide insights into the arts, culture, and lifestyle of the spirited Zürich.
More information on details, schedules, and guests for the “Zürich Meets Seoul” programs are available on the official website and SNS channels. The event is free of charge (with the exception of some programs), and reservations must be made on the website due to limited seating.
What is “Zürich Meets Seoul – A Festival of Two Cities”?
This is the fifth project of a globally commemorative series that links Zürich with other inspirational cities from around the world. Zürich, Switzerland is making connections with global cities that excel in the areas of culture, economy, and academics, choosing one city each year in which to hold a festival that celebrates exchange between the applicable city and Zürich. Following the footsteps of New York, London, Hong Kong, and San Francisco, Seoul was chosen as the fifth city to hold a festival for the week of September 28-October 5, 2019. Interesting events that introduce Zürich’s sciences, technologies, art, and lifestyle will be held at venues throughout the city of Seoul.
The festival was organized to create a center for productive communication and cultural experiences that will encourage the diversity of people, ideas, and opinions through the two cities’ politicians, artists, researchers, entrepreneurs, and innovators.