This is our 500th post and very fittingly it’ll be about one of the biggest UK Korean events so far!
LONDON KOREAN FESTIVAL: IMAGING YOUR KOREA
If you follow us on Facebook then you’ll no doubt already know, on Sunday 9th of August South Korea will be taking over Trafalgar square for the biggest Korean event in the UK! There will be fashion, food and a main stage featuring performances from one of Kpop’s biggest girl groups F(x), indie rock band Guckkasten and a dance battle featuring World Champion B-boy group Jinjo Crew. That’s a lot of entertainment for one day!
But before we talk about the festival, find out how you can get involved with the festival via the Hallyu Com-on community project!
BUS TOUR – JOIN THE TEAM
Come join in on a very special bus tour to help promote the biggest Korean Festival in London to date! KOFICE are asking for helpers to join them on a bus tour around London to raise awareness for the festival. It will be a fun day out with many others passionate about South Korea. You will be given T-shirts, food and refreshment throughout the day as you make pit stops at different London landmarks to hand out leaflets promoting the upcoming festival. This is your chance to get involved with the festival!
The bus tour will be on Friday 31st July from 11am to 5pm (10am registration at Trafalgar Square). If you are 16+ and interested in joining the bus tour then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with “Bus Tour” in the subject.
FREE K-DANCE WORKSHOP WITH JINJO CREW
Calling all dance lovers! Jinjo crew will also be holding a very special K-Dance Workshop on Friday 7th August! Hosted by the LoKos, this will be a very different and unique K-Dance Workshop with the B-boy group teaching street dance! We’ve had many Kpop workshops in the UK but this will be the first workshop to concentrate on Korean street dance, so don’t miss out on this rare opportunity!
Date: Friday 7th August 2015
Time: 5:30pm to 7pm (5pm registration)
Location: Husky Studio (White Room), 29A Amelia St,
Camberwell, London SE17 3PY
This workshop is FREE although please note there are only 45 spaces available. Like all LoKo workshops this is open to everyone, you do not need to be trained in any sort of dance! All you need is a passion to learn and have fun! To RSVP please email email@example.com (open to all ages but under 18s need parental permission)
THE LONDON KOREAN FESTIVAL 2015 – Trafalgar Square
Date: Sunday 9 AUGUST 2015
Time: 12pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Trafalgar Square
Now for the main event! The festival will split Trafalgar square into different interactive zones, allowing the UK public to explore all the different aspects of the South Korean culture that make it so beloved around the world.
KOREAN FOOD ZONE ~ Head Chef Joo Won of ‘Galvin at Windows’ and Celebrity Chef Judy Joo will be giving live cooking demonstrations to teach the UK about Korean cuisine and don’t worry, you’ll also be able to get a taste from the various food stalls from Korean restaurants in London to satisfy your Korean food cravings.
TOURISM EXPERIENCE ZONE ~ Experience a bit of Korean culture by learning the traditional crafts such as creating your own Korean fan, learning how to write your name in Hangul and discovering the beautiful traditional instruments of South Korea such as the Gayageum, Janggu and Buk. You may even get a chance to try on a elegant Hanbok, the traditional Korean dress.
KOREAN CONTENT ZONE ~ Discover more about South Korea through online games and compete with friends in popular E-Sport virtual activities! There will also be a Character Pavilion featuring soft play for children, arts, toys and a sticker wall! You can also check out why webtoons are so popular in South Korea as well as new animation screenings for all the family!
KOREAN BRAND ZONE ~ Many have only recently realised that one of the biggest household brands Samsung comes from South Korea. Being one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, here South Korea will showcase two of their biggest brands Hyundai Motors and LG Electronics. Check out the Korean Brand zone for all the latest products and innovations from these two brands.
KOREAN FASHION ZONE ~ South Korean designers have been dominating the UK fashion scene for a while now with Eudon Choi having collaborated with one of the biggest high street chains River Island in the past and Rejina Pyo bringing her personal collection to Fenwick department stores. The K-Fashion Pavilion will feature pop up stores with clothing and accessories lines from Korean designers that dominate the LFW as well as a showcase introducing all the latest collections from UK based Korea designers. Also don’t miss out on the Hanbok Fashion show on the main stage!
THE LONDON KOREAN FESTIVAL – MAIN STAGE
Now for the main event of the festival. Make sure you check out the big stage as the Korean Tourism Organisation treats us all to performances that highlight the best of South Korea!
F(x)’s Krystal, Amber, Luna and Victoria – Rock band Guckkasten
PERFORMANCE BY KPOP GIRL GROUP F(X) ~ from one of the biggest entertainment companies in South Korea, F(x) will be giving a very special performance. This news has gotten Kpop fans all over the country very excited so make sure you come and check out the Kpop phenomenon live!
PERFORMANCE BY ROCK BAND GUCKKASTEN ~ showcasing the cooler side of Korean music, step away from Gangnam Style and experience the very different psychedelic rock sounds of Korean indie rock band Guckkasten.
DANCE PERFORMANCE WITH JINJO CREW ~ before Kpop took over the world, South Korea dominated the B-boy dance scene and remains today as the home of the best B-boys. Make sure you check out this dance battle featuring World Champion B-boy crew Jinjo with UK group, Soul Mavericks
HANBOK FASHION SHOW ~ The Hanbok is a elegant and beautiful traditional Korean dress which features beautifully vibrant colours and requires precise craftmanship. The festival will host a wonderful display of Hanboks as well
TRADITIONAL KOREAN PERFORMANCES ~ and of course, not to forget their roots, there will be a number of traditional performances that highlights South Korea’s colourful and rich culture such as the iconic Gilnori; it wouldn’t be a Korean festival without it! The renowned National Gugak Centre will also be treating us to many instrumental performances that play homage to the thousands of years of tradition and history as well as contemporary dance, samulnori celebratory drums and ganggangsullae, a 5,000 year old Korean dance that was first used to bring about a bountiful harvest.