Cheongju Solar Festival (Thursday, Sept 3~Saturday, Sept 5/Cheongju Industrial Complex)
The Primary CD Release Concert (Friday, Sept 4/Soundgarden)
Raise the Rooftop at MJs (Saturday, Sept 5/MJs Rooftop)
Cheongju Town Wall Festival (Saturday, Sept 5~Sunday, Sept 6/downtown)
Click “Read More” to see more information for these events.
Cheongju Solar Festival
This 3-day event goes from Thursday, September 3rd through Saturday, September 5th, with different events, exhibits, and “experiences” from 10am to 6pm. It’s at the Cheongju Industrial Complex, which is the old tobacco factory in Naedeok-dong where the Craft Biennale takes place.
You can walk through exhibit halls featuring solar technology, see various contests for drawing and creating solar-related ideas, make your own solar-powered car or fan, and participate in other green energy experiences.
There’s also something for the kids (or the kid in each of us) out on the street, where you can make cotton candy, color a little wooden character, request balloon art, or get a temporary tattoo.
The Primary CD Release Concert
Cheongju-based expat Celtic folk/rock band The Primary release their second album on September 4th with a special 'hometown' gig at Soundgarden in Chungdae. The Primary have been making music in Cheongju for 4 years. They released their debut album, “The Last Great Winter,” in late 2013. Their new album “Arctic Roar” is inspired by the heroic age of Antarctic exploration in the early 20th century. The band will be joined by Zee on fiddle and Jason Cho on cello to fully recreate the sounds and textures of the new album live at Soundgarden.
The evening kicks off after 9pm with Ken Ivens providing some stand up comedy, followed by The Primary around 11pm, and continuing at midnight with Dead Man Switch (modern rock covers).
The album is available for download from The Primary website and iTunes, or you can buy a CD directly from the band at the show.
The Primary are: Jon Lennon (vocals & acoustic guitar), Tony Boyd (guitars, mandolin, banjo), David Sparks (bass), and Matteo Cinanni (drums).
Raise the Rooftop at MJs
Saturday night will be another rooftop DJ party at MJs bar in Chungdae. Come listen to some top quality tunes on the roof while you enjoy the view, the weather, some lovely people and reasonably priced beverages. It starts at 6pm and goes until late.
Mastiv (aka Sean Smith)
NOGYMX (aka Jimmy Dunne)
COBRA (aka Won Jae)
Junior Cub (aka Mitchell Treend)
SIJIL (aka Tam O'Donnell)
Cheongju Town Wall Festival
This two-day festival celebrates the history of Cheongju and the old fortress wall that used to encircle the city.
It kicks off on Saturday morning with a parade (music, dance, traditional costumes) starting at the old tobacco factory in Naedeok-dong at 9:30 and moves through the city streets and into the downtown area, finishing in Joong-ang Park at 11. Afterwards, there will be a historical recreation performance from 11:10~11:40 next to Joong-ang Park (near the YMCA). And from 11:50~12:30, in front of Sangdang Gu-cheong (Sangdang Administration Office), there will be a massive tug-of-war competition with citizens from each of the 4 administrative districts (“gu”s) competing against each other.
Saturday night at 7:30, there will be a concert next to Mushim-cheon, and Sunday evening at 5:00, there will be a singing competition at the Youth Square.
On both days, there will be events in the iron flagpole square (Lotte Young Plaza), and along Seong-an-gil (the pedestrian shopping street).