The 13th Seoul Fringe Festival is set to take place in the Hongdae area from August 12th to 28th. The festival originally began as an ‘Independent Arts Festival’ in 1998 and has now grown into a major event with over 300 participating performance groups. Festivities will take place all across the Hongdae area as 40 different locations both indoors and outdoors will serve as the stage for a variety of performances including drama, dance, musicals, and live indie rock concerts.
The Indoor portion of the art festival features over 200 plays, dances, mime performances, puppet shows, and interpretive dances by 120 performance teams, including ‘Traveling Alone’ by mime Taegeon Lee, ‘A Proposal Song’ by 4Audience Production, and ‘Chatter Hits the Road’ by choreographer Junghyun Kim. Tickets to the indoor performances range in price from 5,000 won to 15,000 won.
This year’s special overseas guests include ‘Clear Life’ by Vera Chen from Taiwan and ‘A dialogue on love: Lin Dai Yu Vs Juliet Capulet’ by Owen Lee, a mime from Hong Kong.
Outdoor street art festivities are open to all visitors, free of charge! Everyone is invited to enjoy improvisational dances such as ‘On a Trip’ by USD Modern Dance and ‘Fringe Travel’ by Et Aussi Dance. Performance artists and indie bands will be performing throughout the entire area, even in parking lots and on rooftops!
‘Ten Nights of Dreams’ an improv performance by ‘Thursday 1pm,’ and ‘Looking for Normal’ by the group ‘Praxis’ add to the fun by allowing the audience to become part of the show!