"Festival has been canceled due to unavoidable tragedy of Sewol*".
To say that the news upset me is a gross understatement.
A few days after the initial message I contacted the Festival staff again to see if there's any chance the Festival would be postponed, rather than cancelled. The answer is no.
There will be no Hanji Festival in Jeonju in 2014.
* The SeWol is a South Korean ferry that sank in the Yellow Sea on 16 April 2014. Hundreds of Korean people, mainly High school students on a school trip, lost their lives in the tragedy.