SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, September 13, 2021 – The SMG has prepared special cultural events for its citizens who stay at home during Chuseok, one of Korea’s biggest national holidays. Events will be held in various forms, from online content to offline exhibitions where citizens can experience traditional seasonal customs hands-on.
On Seoul’s Youtube channel <2021 Culture Todak Todak>, eight episodes of “Meet with the Artist” and three episodes of “Literature that Met Art” will be uploaded. These episodes were prepared under the theme of “Chuseok with Literature.” In addition, to help citizens enjoy classical music at home, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) will show five of its regular live performances on Youtube and Naver. The performances will be uploaded as “SPO Online.ZIP Season II.”
Online and offline events where family visitors can experience Korean traditional culture will be open on multiple sites. Major events are Donuimun Museum Village’s Special Program for Chuseok, Namsangol Hanok Village’s Chuseok in Four Cuts, Unhyeongung Palace’s Minsok Festival for Hangawi, and <Circus Caravan>.
Donuimun Museum Village, which shows 100-year of modern and contemporary history of Korea, organized a special tour of collecting stamps and a photo event in hanbok. Namsangol Hanok Village and Unhyeongung Palace, two of Seoul’s traditional culture facilities, are hosting hands-on cultural events to celebrate Chuseok. The Sejong Center for the Performing Arts will open tickets for a musical, “Three Rebels of Joseon.” The musical tells a story of three friends living in 1811 Joseon when Hong Gyeong-nae organized a rebellion.
At Oil Tank Culture Park, <Circus Caravan>, an event where the audience can participate in circus performances, will welcome citizens from September 17 (Fri) to 26 (Sun).
Different kinds of exhibitions are waiting for Seoulites around the city during the holiday. Corner Gallery in Samcheong-dong will offer <Whole Rest Island>, a mind-healing program of the Seoul Citizens’ Hall. It will be open from September 17 (Fri) to 26 (Sun). Additionally, the exhibition of <Seoulro Media Canvas>, a public art media platform for media art and video content, starts with the Chuseok holiday.
On Nodeul Island, artist Yang Hee-Sung’s solo exhibition is set to be held from September 16 (Thu) to 26 (Sun). Yang became a painter despite his developmental disability. He breaks down the prejudice against the disabled with his paintings that give people good influences and consolation.
Those who want to enjoy the holiday a bit earlier are recommended to visit Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA). From September 8 (Wed), SeMA is holding the 11th Seoul Mediacity Biennale. The biennale will remain open to the public until November 21 (Sun). The theme of this year’s biennale is escapism. 41 Korean and international artists/teams depicted personal desire to escape from constraints in real life through 58 pieces of art.
“We have prepared numerous online and offline events for those who can’t visit their families for this Chuseok,” said Joo Yong Tae, Director General of Culture Headquarters of Seoul. “I hope they have an exciting holiday, enjoying traditional folk games, online performances, and social media events.” He added, “I wish happy and safe Chuseok to everyone. Stay healthy and enjoy the cultural and art events organized by Seoul.”
|Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra||Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra|
|Oil Tank Culture Park, <Circus Caravan>||Oil Tank Culture Park, <Circus Caravan>|
|Namsangol Hanok Village||Namsangol Hanok Village|