Next weekend sees the very first FestivalAsia in London! FestivalAsia will be showcasing and embracing all Asian cultures from food and music to dance and martial arts. You can find out more about the festival via their website FestivalAsia including a programme of all performances. There will be a performance stage for acts such as Bollywood dancing, Japanese Taiko drums and belly dancing as well as a Martial Art stage featuring all kinds of demonstrations from Japanese swordsmanship to Tai chi! There will also be many exhibitors, a spiritual room, a cultural room and possibly the most epic food court ever!
For all Korea fans, FestivalAsia has highlight a number of Korean related activities that will take your interest!
Performances and Presentations:
Friday 15th May
3:30pm-4pm ~ Michael A. Michael (Marketing Manager, The Korea Tourism Organization) – “Korea, Why you should visit” – A presentation in the Cultural Room
– We’re pretty sure we don’t need any more convincing but hopefully the presentation will give us all tips on travelling to South Korea and all the must-sees. This will also be a great chance for you to bring along your parent, partner or friends, whoever you need to convince to travel with you! :D
7pm – 7:15pm ~ KAYA Korean Duo – Performance Stage
Saturday 16th May
12noon-12.45pm ~ School of Korean Martial Arts, Korean HAPKIDO – Martial Art stage
12:45 – 1pm ~ KAYA Korean Duo – Performance Stage
1pm-1:45pm ~ Roger Huyshe (British Go Association) – Presentation about GO game in the Cultural Room
– GO is a board game played all over Asia including Korea where it is know as baduk (바둑). It’s quite an iconic game played on a wooden stand with black and white stones which we’re sure can be spotted in a number of Korean films and drama. The British Go Association will be giving a presentation as well as having a stand in the Exhibitors area so pop along if you’re interested in learning more about the game!
2pm – 2:15pm ~ KAYA Korean Duo – Performance Stage
5pm – 5:15pm ~ KAYA Korean Duo – Performance Stage
5:30pm – 5:45pm ~ Eunsley Park Korean Violin – Performance Stage
7:30pm – 7:45pm ~ Eunsley Park Korean Violin – Performance Stage
9:15pm – 9:30pm ~ Eunsley Park Korean Violin – Performance Stage
Sunday 17th May
1pm-1.45pm ~ LCTKD (TaeKwonDo & DFS), TaekwonDo
– Martial Art stage
KAYA is a Traditional Korean music Duo formed in 2002 featuring Ji Eun Jung, a singer and gayageum (Korean harp) player and acoustic guitarist Sung Min Jeon. KAYA have been invited to perform at a number of countries including Latvia for the country’s celebration of 20 years’ diplomatic relations with Korea and have produced two CDs comprise of their own composition.
Ji Eun, who is also chairwoman of the Korean Artists Association UK, is an expert in both the traditional 12-string and contemporary 25-string kayagum which she also teaches. She has a degree in Korean Traditional Music and an MA in Asian Music. Sung Min Jeon is a Korean guitarist and folk-singer cum songwriter. He mainly plays steel-stringed acoustic guitar with harmonica. He started playing the guitar aged 13, his passion for music inspired by his family as his father is a musician/singer and his mother ran a record shop. His uncle is the leader of acclaimed Korean folk duo, Sunflower.
Eunsley is a violinist that we’re very excited to see with an insanely impressive CV:
Eunsley studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, graduating with a first-class degree from London’s Royal College of Music (RCM) in London, where she has undertaken postgraduate studies. She performed in ‘Spring’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons while on tour with the Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra. Selected as a RCM rising star in 2013 she played violin at Cadogan Hall, Knightsbridge in Faure’s Requiem and as a soloist has performed with orchestras including the London Chamber Orchestra at St John Smith Square and the Wigmore Hall. Eunsley has taken part in concerts with the Guildford Symphony orchestra, at the Polesdon Lacey festival and at the Mostly Mozart Festival with the Romanian Radio Orchestra in Istanbul.
Eunsley is a violinist with the prestigious Concordia Foundation – founded by international singer and broadcaster Gillian Humphreys OBE to build bridges of friendship and excellence through music and the arts. Eunsley’s awards include the MBF Postgraduate Performance Award 2013 and the Counter of Munster Award. She was invited by the Korean Embassy to perform at Stockholm’s Konserthuset and together with pianist Natalia Sokolovskaya performed Brahms’ Violin Sonata No 3 In D Minor, four of Shostakovich’s Preludes and Wieniawski’s Fantaisie Brillante Sur Faust De Gounod in St James Piccadilly last year.
The letters LCTKD stand for London Chinatown TaeKwonDo and they offer classes in TaeKwonDo as well as Tai Chi, Ensodo, the Zen-based Japanese Sword art Mugai Ryu, the Algerian art DFS, Freestyle Martial Arts and Specialist Self Defence. At the Festival they will be offering a demonstration of Taekwondo and make sure you visit the exhibition stand if you want to learn more about the classes on offer.
SKMA is an authentic Korean Martial Arts School led by Korean Instructor, Master Daeman Sung (6th Dan Black belt) with classes to suit people of all different levels. SKMA incorporates the study of all factors that affect the health of our bodies. The purpose of training is personal development and self-defence. Above all, the philosophy of the Korean Martial Arts is to harmoniously and simultaneously develop and discipline the mind, body and spirit. SKMA will have a demonstration of Hapkido on stage which has been described as a highly eclectic Korean martial art. They will also have an Exhibition stand so make sure you pop by to find out more!
As mentioned above, British Go Association (Baduk), LCTKD and SKMA will have exhibition stands at FestivalASia as well as:
LKDC will have their own stand at the festival to promote Korean culture and of course, Korean dramas! This will be a great opportunity to find out more about the club who holds regular meet ups and screenings, the latest being a collaboration with the KCCUK. During FestivalAsia, they will also be holding a giveaway so make sure you pop by the LKDC exhibition stand!
And of course it wouldn’t be a festival without food! Korrito is one of our favourites, we regularly visit them at the South Bank food market and have reviewed them in this post. For all those unfamiliar, they make Korean burritos and their meats are absolutely delicious and always very well marinated. They also offer different levels of spiciness to suit everyone’s needs! They will be at the FestivalAsia food court.
Location: Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London E1W 2SF
15th – 17th May 2015
Adult Tickets: £12.50 in advance, £15 on the door
Children Tickets (up to 10 years old, accompanied by one adult with an Adult Ticket) (free entry for children up to 6 years old): £8 in advance, £10 on the door
Advance tickets can be purchased from the FestivalAsia website
*please note the tickets for Saturday are split into 2 sessions and you will need to buy two separate tickets if you want to attend the full day *sad face*
Opening dates and times:
Friday 15th May 2015: 2pm – 10pm
Saturday 16th May 2015 (ticket session 1): 10am – 3.30pm
Saturday 16th May 2015 (ticket session 2): 4.30pm – 10pm
Sunday 17th May 2015: 10am – 7pm