The Festival to Start Your Summer

by Heejo Lee
Groove Korea (

The summer is already here and NASA has forecasted that this summer will be the hottest one ever. However, whatever the summer, it is always the right season for every rainbow flag to be raised all over the world. And Korea is no exception. The 17th Queer Culture Festival, the biggest cultural event for queer people in South Korea, will be held this upcoming June.

The Festival, under the slogan of “QUEER I AM, Fight for our existence!,” is looking forward to showing the powerful existence of queer and queer culture in Korea. The kick-off for the festival is the Seoul Queer Parade, scheduled for June 11 at Seoul City Hall Plaza. Consisting of stage performances, themed booths, and a street march, the Seoul Queer Parade – which was first held at Seoul City Hall Plaza last year – accommodated for a gathering of a 30,000 strong crowd, the largest parade to date. Expecting even more people in 2016, this year will also include booths from the embassies of thirteen countries, including the US, France, Germany, and others in the European Union, as well as global corporations, such as Google Korea and American Apparel. Following the Parade, many other exciting events such as the KQCF Main Party, and the Korea Queer Film Festival also await.

Against the Hatred in Society

The Queer Parade has also long been the target of hatred in Korea. The Queer Parade in 2014 was disrupted by conservative Christian protestors, who lay down on the street to block the march. Also in 2015, it had to change the date of the Parade due to pressure from such protestors. Under the slogan of “QUEER I AM, Fight for our existence!,” the Festival this year tries to gather its willpower to “fight” the homophobic groups and resist their hatred and distrust.

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