MAMF Promotion Committee finalized it to be on Sept. 29th ~ Oct. 1st
Yongji Culture Park… Indonesia is the guest of honor
“MAMF Festival,’ the largest multicultural event in Korea, will also be held in Changwon this year following last year. 2017 MAMF promotion committee has recently announced the festival plan. The dates will be from September 29th to October 1st and the place will be in Yongji Culture Park area. Being 12th this year, the MAMF Festival choses 1 country as the guest of honor from around 10 participating countries during the event every year and gives a focused introduction of the country’s culture. This year’s guest of honor is Indonesia. The committee is discussing with the Indonesian government regarding the visit of the Indonesian national art group during the festival period.
The MAMF promotion committee is also planning to have a joint performance of a band named ‘Slank,’ one of the most popular singing groups in Indonesia’, and ‘YB’, the rock band that singer Yun Do-hyeon and the former honorary ambassador of MAMF. Starting with the opening ceremony, the festival will have various attractions to see and enjoy throughout the event such as the singing contest of immigrants in Korea, Asia pop music concert, and multicultural parade. In the opening ceremony, the guest of honor’s art group and a multicultural children’s choir will perform on stage.
The Korean Overseas Information Service affiliated under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism will participate in MAMF this year for the first time and will present a Korean culture introducing performance named ‘Hello, Mr. K’ during the opening ceremony. For singing contest of immigrants in Korea, 10 teams that passed the regional preliminary rounds will participate in it. It drew huge popularity as 400 immigrant teams nationwide participated in the preliminary rounds.
Asia music concert will be held to watch the performances of local popular singers invited from Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, etc. at once. A multicultural parade in which the immigrants of each country march the street in their traditional clothes is also something to enjoy watching. Various additional events will be held, such as a global village travel to experience traditional games and handcrafts, world’ food experience yard to taste the representative foods of each country, and multicultural market will also be held.
MAMF is an acronym for ‘Migrants’ Arirang Multicultural Festival’. Through the coexistence of multi-culture and Koreans’ sentiment preserved in ‘Arirang’, the festival aims for a cultural festival where immigrants and domestic people harmonize together. 153,000 Koreans and foreigners visited the festival in last year’s event.