The Seoul Metropolitan City will be holding the Summer Festival 2017 for all to enjoy summer in the heart of Seoul. From the Hangang Summer Festival, Korea’s largest riverside festival, Sinchon Water Gun Festival, offering the excitement to take part in an epic water gun battle in the city and Seoul Culture Night, a dreamlike cultural experience on a summer night organized under the theme of “cultural vacation in Seoul,” to Seoul Opera Festival, Chungmuro International Musical Film Festival and Seoul International Harmonica Festival, an array of colorful programs await citizens.
In June, the Opera Festival 2017 will be held from the 20th to the 30th at the special outdoor stage in Cheonho Park and Gangdong Art Center. In addition to the Grand Gala Concert, which will be held at the outdoor stage in Cheonho Park, a number of opera performances will be presented.
On June 18, the Cheonggyecheon Urban Forest Art Festival will be held in the area around Cheonggyecheon, the only natural space in downtown Seoul. Around 50 teams of street artists will stage performances along with a number of experience programs and collaborative performances.
The Hangang Summer Festival, which is visited by over 10 million citizens each year, will be held for one month from July 21 to August 20 around Hangang Park to offer the citizens of Seoul an opportunity to enjoy a cool summer vacation. During this period, the outdoor swimming pools in Hangang Park will be opened and Korea’s largest cultural festival will be held with a wide range of colorful programs from aquatic sports and camping at the Hangang Summer Camping Site to the Street Performance Festival.
The Sinchon Water Gun Festival will once again be held this year on Yonsei-ro, a pedestrian-only road, in Sinchon for two days on the 8th and 9th of July, transforming the streets of Sinchon into a vacation site in the heart of the city. Designed under the concept of “aliens crash-landed in Sinchon and earthlings fighting them,” this year’s festival will commence following a declaration of war on a large spaceship-shaped stage installed at the center of Yonsei-ro.
In addition to the outdoor festival, a variety of programs will be held at indoor cultural spaces. From July 22 to 30, the Chungmuro International Musical Film Festival will be held at the cultural spaces around Jung-gu, including Chungmu Arts Center, DDP, CGV Myeong-dong Station Cine Library and Megabox Dongdaemun. Through the integration of two genres, musicals and film, a variety of programs will be offered along with a showcase of new films from around the world that are related to musicals and performing arts, a sing-along event for the audience to enjoy singing along with a chorus and a musical film production support project with mentors.
From the 3rd to the 6th of August, the Seoul International Harmonica Festival will beat the summer heat by providing high-quality performances. This year, in particular, “Lee Oskar and Friends” starring Lee Oskar, a harmonica performer popular among Koreans, will be staged as the opening concert. In addition, Pyeongchang Cultural Olympiad Performance, a gala concert with free admission and a master class of internationally renowned performers will be presented.
In the evenings on the 11th, 12th and 13th of August, Seoul Culture Night offering participants an opportunity to enjoy the special charm of the night in Seoul will be held at Seoul Plaza and Gwanghwamun Square. This year’s event held under the theme of “cultural vacation in Seoul” will help boost the excitement felt by citizens on pleasant summer nights by offering a range of cultural and entertaining contents, such as Midsummer Night’s Concert with Harmony of Music and Light (Seoul Square) and World Music Vacation (Seoul Square).