The 5th Seoul International Community Orchestra Festival (SICOF) will commence at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts and throughout Seochon, Jongno-gu from September 8th (Sat.) to 30th (Sun.).
Celebrating its fifth festival this year since 2014, the festival will include participation and performances by a total of 50 teams – 49 teams of the 2018 Korean community orchestras and the Seoul International Community Orchestra (SICO) team comprised of 61 members from 29 countries.
The 49 teams of the Korean community orchestras will introduce spectators to various harmonies through the special festival program ‘Seochon Community Orchestra Festival.’ Performances will be centered around Seochon Village and the Chebudong Community Arts Support Center, which has opened its doors for promotion of the community arts and orchestra genre, and retired police officers, visually impaired artist, and other community art musicians will partake in the event. The festival programs will be open to all for free.
The ‘Seoul International Community Orchestra (SICO),’ comprised of 61 community musicians from 29 countries worldwide, is the festival’s representative orchestra, and the SICO is scheduled to perform during the festival period in representation of each country and community. Korean members partaking in the festival can receive teaching from a presently active member of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
The orchestra who were selected through YouTube last April is comprised of community art musicians from all parts of the world including a music teacher of the slums of Trinidad and Tobago, a violinist from Venezuela and a doctor of oriental medicine who plays the viola.
The ‘Seoul International Community Orchestra (SICO)’ will present ‘Arirang Fantasy’ by the late North Korean composer Choi Sung-hwan as a flash mob performance with artists from 29 countries at the Seoul Station lounge on September 29 (Sat.) at 3 p.m.
More information is available on the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture website (www.sfac.or.kr), and inquiries can be made to the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture Community Culture Project Team (+82-2-3290-7411, 7415).