The 2013 Expats in Jeju Summer Festival was held at 6 p.m. on June 22 and around 1000 spectators descended on Tapdong for the Headline Jeju event sponsored Jeju Special Self-Governing Province.
The festival provided a variety of music performances from members of Jeju’s international community plus some local talent. The event is intended to promote friendship between international residents and locals and build civic pride.
First up was Seogwipo ska band, South Carnival, singing in Jeju dialect; the band are mainstays of the live music scene on the island. Other artists performanced acoustic guitar, jazz, pop and folk music.
Singer-songwriter David Bevilacqua from New York was among the most popular; Douglas Dennis and Emily Eunbin Yu were another popular combo, playing a sweet guitar and viola melody.
Performer Andrew Elwood, a singer-songwriter, said "I've been living in Seogwipo happily for the last three years and I feel like I'm blessed that I have a chance to play music together with talented musicians."
Jazzist Steven Mercier said "When I came to Jeju at first, only deers and birds listened to my music . I haven't let anybody listen to my music...I wish I could perform wonderful live music more in Jeju."
The grand finale was “Big J with the Rare, the Raw, & the Cooked,” who performed Arirang on trumpet and other songs which greatly amused the crowd. One band member said, "To us music is not just a method to spend time or a hobby. It is a powerful way to communicate [and] It brings everybody together.”
The festival was important as it was organized by the international community on Jeju. The aim of the festival is to give expats here the opportunity to showcase their talents and also interact with the local Jeju community in a visible, positive and fun way. In this way, Headline Jeju and sponsors Jeju Special Self-Governing Province hope to promote pride in being a Jeju citizen.
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