▲ Women performing a traditional Korean fan dance at the Sanjicheon Art Festival. Photo by Kim Yun Ae
At the Sanjicheon Art Festival, weekends in early July can be spent enjoying Jeju’s performing arts. The series of events, held each weekend from July 2 through 17, is held outdoors at Sanji Stream in Jeju City and is filled with music and dancing of various styles.
Performances at the festival are widely varied, from traditional Korean dance through brass ensembles to hip hop. Accordingly, the crowd is equally divergent. Young and old alike attend, some content to sit in their seats while other dance and children play in nearby fountains as the sun sets. Colored spotlights and sounds emanate from the city block.
Local resident Kim Yun Ae said that the mood of the festival surprised her. There are, she said, many summer festivals on Jeju and they come in varying size and scope. “I like smaller festivals … because when I participate in a big festival, I feel a little left out.” The smaller size allowed her to “feel a sense of closeness with others,” which she enjoyed. “As you know,” Kim said, “time never comes back to us. So I’ll never forget the mood of the festival”.
Seats set up at the performances allow for roughly 200 to 300 spectators, and incoming crowds occupied all the seats as well as much of the otherwise free space around the area, with people drawn in off the street to view the performances.
The opening night kicked off at 7:30 p.m. with a traditional Korean performance of “Gilnori,” by the Ildo 1-dong Folk Protection Committee, followed by the Entertainment Art Performer Committee performing a number of titles. The evening continued with music and dance by the Korean Classical Music Committee and ended with a belly dance performance.
Other groups scheduled to showcase their skills at the festival include the Jeju Provincial Dancing Committee, the Amaso Brass Ensemble, the Dancing Committee, two hip hop dance groups named Free Unusual and Episode, the Jeju Provincial Chorus, the Alchemists, the Theatre Company Ieodo, the Haninhee Dance Company, the Simile Ensemble, Gakseori, Dance in Jeju, Gesture, Aengji Band, Dongmurun, the Jeju Girls’ Commercial High School Marching Band, the Art Council of Korea and the Art Company People.
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