It’s time for the Kingston Korean Festival again! It was reported that last year’s festival saw 10,000 attendees and 2013 is set to host the biggest festival yet! So this Saturday 17th August, make sure you get yourself to Kingston for the 16th annual Korean Festival!
2013 has been a very special year with many anniversaries commemorated. To mark the 60th Anniversary of the ceasefire of the Korean War, the festival will begin at 10:30am with a special liberation day ceremony and parade in honour of the British Veterans of the Korean war.
This years also marks 130 years of friendship between the UK and South Korea and to celebrate this long friendship, this year’s festival has a very special theme of “togetherness”. The Kingston Korean Festival organised by the Korean Residents Society always sees many activities and performances, from traditional Korean arts, music and dance to delicious Korean food stalls everywhere. But this year sees an even bigger programme!
There will be the usual traditional Korean music and dance, a bit of K-pop for the more contemporary crowds, as well as some action packed martial arts performances. But in celebration of the theme “together”, this year’s festival also brings you performances from other cultures such as African drumming and a traditional Nepalese dance demonstration, expanding this Korean Festival and making the 2013 programme the widest and most varied yet!
Check out this year’s programme:
(Courtsey of London Korean Links)
Part One 11:00 ~ 12:00
A – Liberation Day & Festival Opening Ceremony.
B – British Veterans’ parade & honorary events.
Part Two 12:00 ~ 18:00
A – Korean traditional music and dance
B – Martial Arts performance
C – African Drumming
D – Korean Brass quintet
E – Special feature – Traditional Nepalese Dance
F – Popping Dance
G – Raffle prize draw
Main Stage Banner
Exhibition booths for Charities and Large organisations
Exhibition booths for Large Korean/British companies
Flea market for SME, charities and individuals
Traditional Korean Folk games
Photo zone for a photo opportunity with Korean
King and Queen characters in Traditional Korean Costume
Bouncy castle for kids
Workshops – Calligraphy, African drumming
Entry to this festival is FREE! And it aims to introduce the rich Korean culture and heritage to everyone ; appealing to young and old, with lots to do! From traditional cultural aspects to modern influences, this is your chance to delve into vibrant Korean culture! Whether you know lots about Korean culture, or just fancy a fun Saturday, this festival is sure to entertain! There’s even a bouncy castle!!! Need we say more?
The 2013 Kingston Korean Festival will be held at The Fairfield Recreation Grounds