Busan’s Largest Multicultural Festival Set for This Saturday

Busan’s largest multicultural festival, the Global Gathering, now in its 10th year, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Song Sang-hyeon Square.

There will be no shortage of festivities: Various ethnic dishes will be on offer and performers from Korea’s sister-cities will take to the stage.

This multicultural blowout, hosted by Busan City and the Busan Foundation for International Activities (BFIA), aims to expand understanding among different cultures by running varieties of cultural booths.

This year’s festival also sees the number of participating countries increase, and invitations have been extended to representatives from diplomatic offices in Seoul, its cultural centers and international exchange organizations.

An opening parade that includes more than 90 organizations from 28 nations will kick-start the event. It is expected that 30,000 citizens, foreign residents and tourists will attend.

Ethnic music and performances will be presented by people from Korea and Busan’s international sister and friendship cities. Markets and global promotional halls will also stay open to participants and viewers.

Visitors may check out the booths selling ethnic food and goods – undoubtedly a highlight of the festival. They can also revel in traditional games and activities unique to each country.

A town meeting, under the slogan “Foreigner-Friendly Busan,” will also feature a question-and-answer session with the Busan mayor and representatives from foreign communities.

Busan City will run a media booth offering newspapers in English, Japanese and Chinese. Locals and foreigners who visit the booth can receive the latest newspaper and sign up for subscription. Raffles are also included.

“The 10th Global Gathering is a global fest where different cultures across the world meet in one place,” said a BFIA associate. “We anticipate many foreigners and citizens will participate and enjoy unique cultural performances at the venue.”

Last year, 90 organizations from 27 nations joined the event, which was attended by some 30,000 people.

Information: 051-668-7916, www.bfia.or.kr/globalgathering

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Source: Busan City News

Image: BFIA

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