Project Details

“Summer Neverland” Global Youth Concert

Short Description and Goal

In 2019 Icheon City held a ‘Global Youth Concert’ in cooperation with existing sister cities and creative city network members. The idea was to create a multinational orchestra with young musicians recommended by these cities and to have a concert in the Icheon Art Hall with songs recommended by the participating cities. Unique forms of music and youth exchanges that had not been tried in any city in Korea were achieved.

Detailed Description

Icheon Mayor Eam Tai-joon invited UNESCO Creative Cities of Crafts & Folk Art, Al Ahsa, Saudia Arabia, Jingdezhen, China, Limoges, France Paducah and Santa Fe, USA and Icheon’s sister cities, Seto, Japan and Wuxi, China to participate in the Global Youth Concert along with other  In the invitation, Mayor Eam Tai-joon said, “Although the language and ethnicity are all different from each other, we are sure that it will serve as a meaningful time for everyone to be united under the common language called music.”

The original concept was to send musically talented youth (14 years old and older, middle and high school students and college students) from each city to Icheon to form an orchestra and to hold a concert. Teenagers of diverse ethnicities from the sister and friendship cities of Icheon City and the UNESCO Creative Cities of Crafts & Folk Art formed the Global Youth Orchestra. The setlist consisted of songs representing each country played in various instruments. Different genres of different eras meet and come back to life with rich and beautiful melody through a global orchestra, providing a stage of emotion.

You can see part of the performance here:


Initiators are

• Public institution

Funded by

• Foundations

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Project Topics

Arts & Culture, Young People

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Participating Cities

  • Ichion
  • Al Ahsa
  • Limoges
  • Seto
  • Jingdezhen
  • Wuxi
  • Paducah
  • Santa Fe

Sizes of Participating Cities

• 20.000 - 100.000
• 100.000 - 500.000
• more than 1,5 Mio

Participating Countries

  • South Korea
  • Saudia Arabia
  • France
  • Japan
  • People's Republic of China
  • The United States of America

Project Region(s)

• Asia
• Europe
• North Africa

Media Credits

Cover picture credits: Photo by Julio Rionaldo on Unsplash