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Summer in Seoul and beyond

23rd June 2010 Print

Culture fans have something to look forward to this summer in the form of an annual cultural event bringing the performing arts outdoors at major sites in the heart of Seoul, live jazz on the Hangang River and finally a regional fireworks festival in Pohang.

Culture and Art in Seoul Plaza

This event, presented by the Seoul city government and now in its fourth year, features a diverse program of free performances organized around different themes each month. This month, there will be dance performances in genres ranging from ballet and tango to jazz and salsa. The list includes, but is not limited to: A ballet gala by the Seoul Ballet Theater (on June 29) and an encore performance of “Marionette” by Korean B-boy group Expression Crew (on June 30). In July, the “Seoul and the World” program offers not only traditional music from Korea such as pansori (narrative singing), but also traditional music from countries in Asia, Africa and South America.

Free Jazz Concerts on the floating stages of the Hangang River in Seoul

Enjoy live music at one of Korea’s most unique venues; live concerts on the Hangang River Floating Stage (brought to you by the “Hangang Project Headquarters”). Each of these concerts feature some of today’s most talented jazz performers; The concert mini-series (3 separate shows) has already kicked off with a magnificent performance by the US Department of State-designated jazz band,” The Mark Sherman-Tim Horner Quartet.” Add to that the smooth sounds of the “Min Kyung-In Quartet” and an epic performance by the “Shin Kwang-Woong Band,” and you have a line-up that no music enthusiast can resist.

‘The 2010 Pohang International Fire Light Festival’:

On the 23rd July, the skies above Pohang will be illuminated by a spectacular fireworks display, courtesy of the ‘The 2010 Pohang International Fire Light Festival’. Marking the festivals 7th anniversary, this years theme is ‘Blue Ocean, Fever Pohang’, a flow of impressive fireworks, Spectacular Fireworks performances by local and international teams and a wide spectrum of firework exhibitions such as ‘City of Light Performance’ and ‘Fire Light Parade’ made up of 2,500 spectators.

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