We previously reported that South Korea would be making an appearance in Trafalgar Square on August 9th 2015 with the announcement of The London Korean Festival, which is being held by the Korean Tourism Organisation. The FREE one day event brings together an exciting mix of modern and traditional Korean culture. It has recently been announced that the five piece female super group F(x) will be headlining at Trafalgar Square’s first K-pop concert.
F(x) are one of Korea’s leading K-pop groups, leading the Korean wave with their catchy electro-pop melodies and daring fashion. They are also an internet sensation on YouTube, with views in excess of 30 million for their eye catching videos and are part of the much loved SMEntertainment.
Korean rock fans will also be catered to as popular Korean psychedelic rockers Guckkasten are set to get you dancing with their performance as a live band. A firm favourite to many interested in the Korean music industry, it is going to be great to hear Guckkasten performing live!
World Champion B-boy group Jinjo Crew will be making an appearance, showing off their winning break dancing moves in a dance battle against the UK’s dance group Soul Mavericks.
If you are after something a little more traditional there will be a wonderful collection of hanboks, traditional South Korean dresses, on display as well as a Hanbok Fashion Show presenting the latest creations of the traditional, vibrantly coloured design. Whilst walking around be sure to pop into the The K-Fashion Pavilion, which will feature a selection of pop up stores with clothing lines and accessories from Korean designers featured in London Fashion Week.
Fans of traditional Korean performing arts will be treated to a range of instrumental music from the renowned National Gugak Centre, playing homage to thousands of years of tradition and history with their creative dances of peace, folk music, and introducing ganggangsullae, a 5,000 year old Korean dance that was first used to bring about a bountiful harvest.
Korean food is well loved in the capital, and is one of the tastiest, trendiest and healthiest cuisines in the world. Its growth in popularity with the help from food lovers allowed the Korean Tourism Organisation an area just for food. And boy are you in for a treat, with a live cooking demonstration from the Food Channel’s celebrity chef Judy Joo and her top cooking tips, there will also be a range of delicious meals and drinks on offer in the ‘Food Zone’ which will include stalls from the best of London’s Korean restaurants.
Korea is one of the leading countries in the gaming and technology world, and the Square’s ‘K-Contents Zone’ will host a selection of online games, including an E-Sports area where visitors can compete in a range of virtual activities. Younger children can enjoy the K-character pavilion with soft play, arts, toys and a sticker wall. There will also be webtoons (online comics) to read as well as new animation screenings to watch and enjoy. Before computers there was only traditional folk games, such as Yut-nori (a stick-throwing board game), Tuho (arrow throwing) and Jegi-chagi (tassel kicking), all of which will be available for attendees to try out. If you have ever wanted to write your name in Korean calligraphy, then you can also have a go at the artistic tradition of artistic writing in Hangul.
In the ‘Cultural Tourism Experience Zone’ attendees can get creative by making traditional crafts or trying on Korea’s traditional ‘Hanbok’ dress, as well as enjoying a series of family workshops. Anyone wanting to try playing a traditional musical instrument, like a Gayageum or Janggu (the most widely used drum) or a Buk will be taught how to use them during a free ‘hands on’ music workshop.
The ‘Brand Zone’ will include two ambassadors of the Korean manufacturing and technology world from Hyundai Motors and LG Electronics, both of whom who will be showcasing their latest products, innovations and great offers.
The event is organised by the Korean Cultural Centre UK, Korea Tourism Organisation, Korea Creative Content Agency and supported by the Mayor of London. Throughout the event there will be a PSY inspired ‘Gangnam Style’ flash mob that will be encouraging everyone to join in and have a go at the popular fun dance craze that captured the world. The same flash mob will also be hitting the streets of London on a special themed bus the week before the event, encouraging everyone to get dancing and show off their moves at the festival.
The London Korean Festival
Date: Sunday 9 August 2015
Venue: Trafalgar Square
Entry: FREE-ALL WELCOME