The largest German culture gathering of the year returns for another year this Saturday in Busan.
Maifest is a traditional festival which takes place throughout Germany which celebrates nature’s reawakening from winter’s darkness each May. It began in Busan in 2004, and has grown to become one of the biggest cultural festivals which attracts people from all over the country.
This year’s event has moved over to Busan University of Foreign Studies campus and runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
About 300 to 500 people attend each year, including students studying German and professors of German language and literature, exchange students, native German speakers, alumni from German-speaking countries, and employees from German companies — though anyone who is interested in attending is more than welcome to come experience the fun.
This year’s festival includes:
• Stage performances by students from several German departments and by pupils from the German schools (Oberschulen)
• German music performed by music students
• Information booths from sponsors, companies, and organizations
• Golden Bell contest (quiz show)
• Food stalls with German food and beverages
• Korea’s first Maibaum (wooden pole with traditional decoration)
You can find more information on German culture in Busan at the Deutsche in Busan Facebook group.