Seoul Fringe Festival supports independent artists

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Seoul Fringe Festival 2021 poster image (Seoul Fringe Network)

Although most festivals have been canceled or brought online amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Seoul Fringe Festival 2021 will be held in person in the Sangam-dong area of ​​western Seoul, South Korea. August 4 to 29.

The 24th Seoul Fringe Festival will feature some 300 performances by 72 artists from various genres ranging from theater, performance, dance, music, visual arts, photography to independent films, according to Seoul Fringe Network, organizers of the festival, Monday.

Allowing artists to present their works to a live audience was a priority for the festival, organizers said, as parts of last year’s festival were scheduled to take place online. In line with the requirements of the virus era, the festival will be held in 10 private cultural complexes in western Seoul, instead of large performance venues.

As the festival aims to support next generation artists who are not part of any mainstream scene, all 72 acts were allowed to participate in the festival without a screening.

The acts will feature experimental art of various genres.

During the festival period, an exhibition on the blacklisting of cultural figures by the previous two administrations will be held at the Oil Tank Culture Park near the World Cup stadium in Sangam-dong.

The festival will feature for the first time an Eco Fringe Week workshop, explaining how festivals should be organized in the era of the climate crisis.

Artists will be allowed to share their thoughts through the new “Almost Fringe: Micro Forum”. The exact date of the program has not yet been set.

The annual festival was founded in 1998 by young artists who wanted to break away from the traditional artistic community. Launched as an independent arts festival in the Daehangno district of central Seoul, it was renamed Seoul Fringe Festival in 2002 and its base was moved to Sangam-dong in 2015.

Tickets for the programs will be available on the festival website from July 26.

By Im Eun-byel ([email protected])


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