Seoul Fringe Festival to support independent artists

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Although most festivals have been canceled or moved online amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Seoul Fringe Festival will be held as an in-person event in the Sangam-dong area of ​​Seoul. west of Seoul, from 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, the organizers of the festival, monday.

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

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

The acts will feature experimental art from various genres.

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

The festival will feature an Eco Fringe Week workshop for the first time, discussing how festivals should be run in the age of the climate crisis.

Artists will be allowed to share their thoughts via 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 Indie Arts Festival in the Daehangno area of ​​central Seoul, it was renamed Seoul Fringe Festival in 2002 and its base 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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