From Aug. 16 to Sept. 15, an island-wide eco-festival is being held in tandem with the upcoming World Conservation Congress (WCC) next month. For 31 days at 11 sites, over 700 programs will be held including workshops, exhibitions, seminars, and field trips. The purpose of this festival is to encourage both tourists and island residents to actively participate in the WCC, running from Sept. 6 to 15, and to create a community atmosphere on the island.
The upcoming Jeju WCC will be different from past congress’s in that, with the addition of this festival, it will be transformed from simply a two-week conference into a month-long carnival under the slogan “Jeju Trip Communicating with the World for 31 Days.”
The festival’s 11 sites are Halla Arboretum, the Sulmundae Women’s Center, Jeju National Museum-Sinsan Park, Jeju World Natural Heritage Center, the Haenyeo Museum, Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeju Stone Park, Seogwipo Citrus Museum, Seogwipo Natural Recreation Forest, Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, and Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art. (For specific information about the programs and the specific locations, please visit each location’s Web site).
The programs for the festival are divided into three categories; a special program, a family and student participation program, and Jeju Island festivals during the WCC period.
From Aug. 17 to Sept. 15, the Green Film Festival Forest Movie Theatre will be held at the Halla Arboretum Grass Plaza.
On every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, award-winning environmental films from Korea and abroad will be screened at the Sulmundae Women’s Center.
Talk Concert with Famous Figures, a series of 11 discussions in an open forum format, will be held from Aug. 17 to Sept. 11.
The Fireworks Festival with the Star Light will be held on Aug. 18 at Cheonjiyeon Waterfall in Seogwipo City.
Various Korean traditional performances will be shown from Aug. 24 to 26 at Jeju Stone Park providing visitors the chance to experience tightrope walking and playing Korean percussion instruments.
The Multicultural Family Festival will provide various international foods from Aug. 25 to 26 at Jeju National Museum.
From Sept. 1 to 2, The 2012 Jeju Live Music Festival Space Sympathy will be held at the Cheonjiyeon Waterfall in Seogwipo City. Between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. bands, hip-hop performers, breakdancers, and opera singers will show off their talents for the viewing pleasure of the audience.
If you are craving Korean food, there will be a cooking competition, a food court, and a food theme exhibition held at the International Convention Center Jeju, Seogwipo City from Sept. 9 to 15.
There will also be various participatory programs for the whole family.
Family and Student Participation Program
From Aug. 17 to 18 The Seogwipo Natural Recreation Forest Eco-friendly Essay Contest will be held at the Seogwipo Natural Recreation Forest. The essays are to be about the importance of nature and the authors’ experiences regarding nature conservation.
From Aug. 18 to 19 the Green Recycling Competition will be held at the Seogwipo Citrus Museum and will feature products made from recyclable materials.
The Eco Flea Market will be held at the Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, Halla Arboretum, and the Seogwipo Citrus Museum from Aug. 18 to Sept. 8.
The Green Creative Kite Competition is held at Seongsan Ilchulbong from Aug. 25 to 26. Various kinds of kites regarding protecting the environment will be shown.
The WCC Eco-tourism Photo Competition will be held at Geomun Oreum from Sept. 1 to 2 where a digital camera and smartphone photography contest on the theme of the environment.
The Earth Climate & Environment Love Drawing Contest will be held on Sept. 2 at the World Natural Heritage Center. The theme of the drawings is the beautiful scenery of Jeju Island.
The Environment High School Essay Contest will be held on Sept. 2 at the Sulmundae Women’s Center. The essays will be about controversial environmental issues.
The Environment Golden Bell Quiz Competition will be held at Sinsan park from Sept. 7 to 9. The quiz questions will be about nature conservation and environmental issues.
2012 WCC Model Plane Competition will be held at Gimnyeong Gujwa Gymnasium from Sept. 8 to 9. Gliders, rubber model airplanes, and water rockets made by students will compete.
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