PyeongChang 'G-100': Olympic fever begins in earnest

(A series of events will be held on Nov. 1, exactly 100 days until the opening of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Pictured is a group of performers to mark 150 days until the Olympic Games, at Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul on Sept. 24. (Kim Sunjoo))

An abundance of musical shows are on their way to mark 100 days until the start of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in February next year.

As the opener, a pop concert will celebrate the arrival of the Olympic torch from Greece at Incheon International Airport. Under the theme of “Culture is added in PyeongChang" (평창, 문화를 더하다), the concert will feature famous pop groups like EXO, BTS, Twice and Red Velvet. 

On Nov. 2, the Olympism of Five Rings, a musical group comprised of performers from five continents around the world, will present a show at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul. 

Kristjan Jarvi, an Estonian conductor and composer who also serves as a member of the Estonian Olympic Committee, and Korea’s Kim Deok-su Samulnori Group will collaborate with musicians from more than 10 countries, under the theme of “Resonance of Peace" (평화의 울림). 

On Nov. 4, Pyeongchang-gun County, one of the three Olympic host cities, along with Ganggneung and Jeongseon, all in Gangwon-do Province, will host the 2017 Dream Concert in Pyeongchang. 

The concert, set to be held at the PyeongChang Olympic Plaza, boasts of a star-studded lineup, including Wanna One, VIXX and EXO-CBX. 

Besides pop concerts, the World Cinema Week will run from Nov. 1 to 5 at the Cinematheque of the Korean Film Archive in Mapo-gu District, Seoul. It will screen a total of 23 films related to sports, selected by 21 countries that are part of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games. 

The annual Seoul Lantern Festival will have a parade of lanterns shaped as the PyeongChang official mascots -- Soohorang and Bandabi -- and, also, which represent some of the major Olympic sports. It will run a total of 1.2 km from the Cheonggye Plaza through to the Supyogyo Bridge. 

More information about the events to mark 100 days until the Opening Ceremony can be found at the website below.