The Seoul Metropolitan Government is staging diverse events for the public this month, including the Seoul Lantern Festival 2011, the Asian Performing Arts Festival 2011, and the Seoul Photo Festival 2011. It is also offering various culture and art programs that family groups can enjoy together, including the Blue Square’s opening musical, Zorro, its opening concert and opera La Traviata, the Shakespeare play Twelfth Night, and the ballet Giselle. Blue Square is the first performing arts center to have been constructed with private sector funds.
The Asian Performing Arts Festival 2011, a joint Korea-Japan event set to take place at Ground Scene in Daehangno on November 19~20, will feature the first staging in Seoul of a play by Shikeki Nakano, a theater director from Tokyo.
The Seoul Lantern Festival 2011, which kicked off on November 4 and will continue until November 20, features a display of decorative lanterns from all around the world including Korea.
La Traviata, performed by the Seoul Metropolitan Opera, will captivate opera fans at the Grand Theater at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts from November 24 to 27 (Thurs-Sun). The musical, loved by opera buffs worldwide, is attracting attention as the perfect opportunity to appreciate the performing art work of the Seoul Metropolitan Opera, which has stubbornly preserved its authenticity.
The Sejong Belt “Gwanghwamun S-Day,” which will be held free of charge on November 27, is a culture and art package product that allows visitors to experience history and culture in the Gwanghwamun area, and visit various exhibitions and culture and arts performances.
The Seoul Photo Festival 2011, whose winning photos are on display at the Seosomun Main Building and the Gyeonghuigung Annex Building of the Seoul Museum of Art until November 30, will also feature photographs by famous foreign photographers, to be unveiled for the first time in Korea, and those by the best photographers in Korea. Admission is free. The Special Winter Vacation Exhibition, which will take place at the Nam Seoul Annex Building of the Seoul Museum of Art from November 26 to February next year, will offer visitors a chance to enjoy a wide variety of modern arts and experience art in a relaxed and friendly fashion.
Various other programs will also be presented to allow people to learn about arts and crafts and traditional culture. The “I Am an Artist” program, held every Saturday at the Sindang Creative Arcade of Seoul Art Space, enables people to learn various arts and crafting techniques from artists who have studios in the art facility. Members of the public can participate in the program by signing up online or at the site. For further details, please call the 120 Dasan Call Center.