After a three-year hiatus, the Seoul Queer Culture Festival will return

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Following a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the LGBTQ community in South Korea has been given conditional licence to resume an annual celebration in Seoul’s downtown next month, July.

The Seoul City Government announced on Wednesday that the organisers of the annual Seoul Queer Culture Festival have been granted permission to hold the event at Seoul Plaza for one day on July 16 on the condition that participants refrain from excessive body exposure, as well as selling or displaying harmful pornography prohibited under the Juvenile Protection Act.

According to a news report, the conditional approval by a private-public joint committee on the use of public plazas in Seoul came roughly two months after the organisers requested that the festival be held at the capital’s plaza for six days from July 12 to 17.

According to the administration, despite the fact that the event will only last one day, organisers will be able to use the plaza beginning on July 15 in the afternoon to set up the stage and make other preparations.

The Seoul festival for LGBTQ individuals and their allies has been held in several neighbourhoods throughout the city since 2000, until relocating in 2015 to Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall. The festival in Seoul Plaza lasted until 2019, when it was replaced with online events in preparation for COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021. The most recent offline festival in 2019 drew a crowd of around 150,000 people, setting a new record.