Seoul will host from late this month a festival featuring a variety of music and performing arts like K-pop, indie music and hip-hop as well as Hallyu-related exhibitions of Korean food, beauty and other sectors.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Sept. 15 said it will host from Sept. 30 to Oct. 8 the K-Culture Festival 2022 jointly with the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul's Jongno-gu District and Jamsil Sports Complex in the city's Songpa-gu District.
Under the slogan "Into The-K," this year's event will feature the program concept of domestic and foreign fans exploring the Hallyu planet "The-K."
The festival will begin on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. with the opening ceremony at the square in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace's Heungnyemun Gate. Performances featuring ink-and-wash drawings and classical Korean music will be held under the theme "Korean Culture Blooms into the Future at the Palace (unofficial translation)."
On Oct. 1, the opening festival will be held at the square featuring K-dramas that ignited the global popularity of Hallyu. Popular scenes from dramas that led the growth of the Korean Wave like "Jewel in the Palace," "Itaewon Class," "The Red Sleeve" and "My Liberation Notes" will be presented along with performances of music from their soundtracks.
Singers Kyuhyun and Paul Kim will also perform.
K-pop stars NCT Dream, Stayc, XG and Blank2y on Sept. 7 will appear at "The-K Concert" at Seoul Olympic Stadium of Jamsil Sports Complex.
The festival will also host "The-K Billboard Awards" jointly with Billboard of the U.S., featuring K-pop acts who have performed worldwide and had songs on the Billboard charts.
Hallyu fans will also have opportunities for exchange. "The-K Fan Fair" slated for Oct. 2-8 at Gwanghwamun Square and the complex's Auxiliary Stadium will feature interactive events to experience Korean culture such as food and fashion events.
"The-K stage" from Oct. 2-8 will present a variety of musical genres including hip-pop and jazz at the square and the complex. Scheduled to appear are Pentagon, Brave Girls, Viviz, CIX, JK Kim Dong-wook, Choi Jung-in, Sunwoo Jung-a, 10cm, Cheeze, Stella Jang, Rui, U Sung-eun, The Quiett, Raiden and Ginjo.
The festival will close on Oct. 8 with "The-K Parade," which will travel from Jongno 5-ga to the square.