An international festival promoting healthy eating and an environment-friendly lifestyle officially kicked off in a city east of Seoul on Thursday, bringing together delegations from 40 nations around the globe.
International slow life fest kicks off for 10-day run
Under the theme “Good Food, Good Life,” the Namyangju Slow Life International Festival commenced its 10-day run in the namesake city about 30 kilometers east of Seoul.
“If every individual finds his or her own pace of life and enjoys a happy lifestyle, we can spread the culture of sharing,” said Namyangju Mayor Lee Suk-woo, who is also the chief organizer.
“It is not just a matter of fast or slow. It is about finding one’s own pace that makes life happier and healthier,” Lee added.
Paolo Saturnini, the founder of the slow life movement, joined the opening event.
With the event putting an emphasis on the idea of sharing, the organizer will operate “the path of angles,” referring to the 1.4 kilometer distance from a nearby subway station to the venue, and plans to donate 1,004 won (US$0.87) for every visitor who walks the path.
The festival is composed of various events that include exhibitions, education programs, markets and conferences.
At the Slow Life Innovation Pavilion, world-famous chefs will lead food-related performances.
The Good Food Pavilion will exhibit traditional foods from 30 different countries, and eight restaurants will provide meals, including wine and beer.
The Good Life Pavilion will house 113 booths themed on traditional Korean food.
The event will also feature the Masters and Masterpieces Pavilion, where some 80 artists will showcase traditional and modern artifacts that encompass the spirit of the environment.
The main stage at the venue will hold concerts of different genres of music, including classical and rock ‘n’ roll, throughout the festival.
Visitors can also buy organic food and supplies at the Farmers’ Market.