Seoul Drum Festival, Seoul’s representative performing arts festival that was held for the first time in 1999, will be held for the 21st time this year from May 24 to 25 in Seoul Plaza with the slogan, “One passion! Let’s go, Seoul Drum Festival!”
The Seoul Drum Festival first began as a percussion festival, offering the familiar sounds of drums and percussion instruments seasoned with different rhythms and performances that transcend language, race, and national boundaries, for people of all ages to enjoy.
The 2019 Seoul Drum Festival will move away from exhibitions and experience booths that are catered only to drum fans. This year there will be many more participatory programs in which all citizens can participate and enjoy, allowing people of all ages to enjoy drums and percussion instruments in Seoul Plaza.
On the first day of the festival, May 24, from 19:00 to 19:50, there will be special performances by seventeen teams that were selected through a fierce judging process at the Seoul Drum Festival’s exclusive program, the National Drum Contest.
On both May 24 and 25 from 20:00-22:00 at the stage in Seoul Plaza, there will be sensational music and performances by highly talented local and foreign drummers (three foreign teams, six local teams). Seoul invites the public to enjoy an exciting Friday and Saturday night with energetic performances by top artists whose performances are hard to find in Korea.
|1||Chris Coleman||May 24-25||World-class drummer with over 2.5 million views on YouTube|
|2||KJ Sawka||May 24-25||World-class electronic drummer and producer|
|3||Baard Kolstad||May 24-25||Roland V-Drum world champion and rising rock drummer|
|4||Drum & Beats
|May 24||Drum performance with reinterpretations of traditional Korean percussion instruments|
|5||Choi Ki-woong Band||May 24||Lee Seung-hwan Project drummer, jazz drummer, and K-pop drummer|
(aka. Lee Sang-hoon)
|May 24||Drummer Lee Sang-hoon who has transformed into an electronic drummer of retro beats|
|7||Lee Do-heon & Latin Band||May 25||Collaboration between Lee Do-heon, a modern jazz drummer, and Latin Band|
|8||Lee Sang-min||May 25||Korea’s legendary drummer and the dreamer of drummers|
|9||Park Yeong-jin & Kim Ba-da||May 25||Collaboration between the “Boogie Drum” drummer, Park Young-jin, and guitarist Kim Ba-da|
Furthermore, this year’s festival will feature the “Network Party” for famous local and foreign drummers to directly communicate with citizens and the “Drum Workshop” for the public to speak with instrument experts.
The 2019 Seoul Drum Festival is free and open to the public. More information on the festival can be found on the festival website (www.seouldrum.go.kr). Other inquiries can be made to the office of operations (070-7462-1109).
|2018 Seoul Drum Festival|
|Exhibition/Experience Program||Master Class|