The Lawn First and KQCF Later? – We Can No Longer be Controlled by Seoul City’s Incompetent Administration 


Hello, we are the KQCF Organizing Committee.

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, we shared the progress of our application for the use of Seoul Plaza submitted to Seoul City. (You may refer to ‘Notice’ through the KQCF official website: Today, we want to notify you of the current status, and our stance.


On February 28, 2017, 90 days before the festival, KQCF Organizing Committee submitted a use declaration form to Seoul City to hold the 18th KQCF in Seoul Plaza.


On April 5, 2017, the KQCF Organizing Committee received a notification from Seoul City. According to the notification, an anonymous organization is illegally occupying Seoul Plaza, and if Seoul City fails to plant the grass in Seoul Plaza by April 14, KQCF cannot be held on June 3. Meanwhile, on April 12, we noticed that the grass had started to be planted partially in Seoul Plaza, and we inquired to the general affairs section of Seoul City whether we can use the planted part of Seoul Plaza for KQCF. But Seoul City maintained to their original position: Organizing Committee should wait for one and a half months until the current situation, the anonymous organization occupying Seoul Plaza illegally, is resolved and the grass is planted and rooted on Seoul Plaza entirely. Seoul City cannot give a definite answer about the date when they can finalize these problems.


Due to the situation described above, it has become impossible to use Seoul Plaza on Saturday, June 3, 2017, our planned date for the 18th KQCF.


- Nonetheless, KQCF should be held in Seoul Plaza this year and forever.

 KQCF has been held for 17 years and it is going to be our 18th festival this year. KQCF is the largest festival compared to any kind of privately organized event in Korea. Every year, tens of thousands of civilians and tourists join KQCF to share the value of diversity and pride in themselves. KQCF has had more and more participants since it started to be held in Seoul Plaza in 2015. The KQCF Organizing Committee expects there will be more than 60,000 people joining KQCF this year.


Because Seoul Plaza is circular-shaped, it can ensure the safety of KQCF participants from queer-phobic groups. Also, Seoul plaza accommodates tens of thousands of people, and its the only place in Seoul for us to show our existence as queer individuals, which is our very purpose for holding KQCF.


Queer festivals are held in June all over the world, most of which are Pride Parades”. Pride Parades abroad are well-supported by governments and enterprises, and they have official schedules such as the ‘1st Saturday of June each year’ in their countries. Also, they play important roles in attracting tourists.


However, in Korea, we have had too many difficulties and setbacks. KQCF has no support from the Korean Government and local governments, and enterprises are not every active in becoming sponsors. In addition, it has never been easy to hold KQCF on a fixed date and in a set location. Now is the time to remove these uncertainties by securing the location and official date for the festival, and to set a very solid foundation so that KQCF can grow bigger and bigger every year.


KQCF Organizing Committee expresses dissatisfaction over the incompetency of the administration of Seoul City. We made a judgement that its impossible to use Seoul Plaza on Saturday, June 3, and submitted a use declaration form to Seoul Plaza again with the declared date being Saturday, 15 July. (15 July is the earliest date that we can declare to use as of now.) Still, nothing can be guaranteed unless Seoul City changes its attitude. KQCF Organizing Committee will submit the use declaration form every week until Seoul City guarantees our use of Seoul Plaza for KQCF. We wont stop our efforts, and we will keep appealing to civil society for their support until Seoul City shows us the proper changes in their position.


 KQCF Organizing Committee claims the following:

1. Seoul City must correct their administrative incompetency related to using Seoul Plaza for KQCF.

1. Seoul City must properly ensure KQCF’s use of Seoul Plaza.

1. Seoul City must establish KQCF as an official annual event in Seoul Plaza.


- KQCF Organizing Committee -


List of Articles
번호 제목 날짜 조회 수
공지 [모집] 2018 제19회 퀴어문화축제조직위원회 퍼레이드 신입 기획단원을 모집합니다. file 2017.11.13 2127
공지 [공지] 2017년 제18회 퀴어문화축제 결산 내역을 공개합니다. file 2017.09.11 504
349 [긴급] 퀴어문화축제리플렛에 영화제 시간표 변경!! 2011.05.31 47389
348 FOCUS 3040 사진전 - 스페셜이벤트 2009.06.02 31652
347 서울LGBT영화제 file 2010.05.31 30625
346 제11회 퀴어문화축제 "OUTINGː지금, 나가는 중입니다" (2010.6.2-2010.6.12) file 2010.03.29 30360
345 제12회 퀴어문화축제 전체일정 공지 2011.04.28 28230
344 제11회 메인파티 Touch 2010.06.05 26959
343 2011 새로운 퀴어문화축제의 홈페이지가 개편중입니다. 2011.03.10 25770
342 12회 퀴어문화축제 스페셜이벤트 공모!!! file 2011.03.10 25667
341 [스페셜이벤트] 콘돔카페 file 2011.06.02 25651
340 2011/02/18/FRI 퀴어문화축제 후원파티 "숨" file 2011.02.08 25513
339 제11회 스페셜이벤트 공모!! 퀴어문화축제 file 2010.04.26 24850
338 제 8 회 퀴어문화축제가 열립니다. 28 file 2007.04.04 24749
337 L언니들을 위한 퀴어문화축제사전파티 2008.04.24 24526
336 제 12회 퀴어문화축제 <퀴어예찬> 퍼레이드 자원활동가를 모집합니다:-) file 2011.04.20 24386
335 비가 와도 6월 12일 퍼레이드는 그대로 진행됩니다. 2 2010.06.12 24317
334 제11회 퍼레이드 자원활동가 모집!!!퀴어문화축제 file 2010.05.03 24228
333 제8회 퀴어문화축제 무지개2007의 기획단을 모집합니다. 11 file 2006.11.10 24186
332 자원활동가 및 참여 단체를 모집합니다. 2004.05.18 23344
331 2월 19일 후원파티 웹자보 file 2011.01.31 23137
330 제11회 오프닝파티!!! 퀴어문화축제 2010.05.14 23070
Board Pagination Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ... 18 Next
/ 18



로그인 유지