Londoners and visitors alike are invited to experience and
celebrate the best of South Korean culture at the FREE one day 'London Korean Festival' in Trafalgar
Square on Sunday 9th August 2015.
The event brings together an exciting mix of modern and traditional
Korean culture with a dynamic programme of K-Pop, dance from classic to break
dance, delicious Korean food, including live demonstrations by celebrity chef Judy
Joo, plus E-Sports Games and live music.
[K-Music] From the fastest growing brand of popular music 'K-Pop', five
piece female super group f(x), who are leading the Korean
wave Hallyu with their catchy electro-pop melodies and daring fashion will headline
Trafalgar Square’s first K-Pop concert. Known to some as the Korean 'spice
girls', f(x) are one of Korea’s leading K-Pop groups as well as being
an internet sensation with YouTube views in excess of 30 million hits for their
eye catching videos.
Rock fans won't be left disappointed as popular Korean
psychedelic rockers Guckkasten are set to get the crowd moving with their energetic
live band. The original meaning of Guckkasten in German language is an ancient
Chinese-style kaleidoscope which showed psychedelic images and in honour of
this the band tries to create an electrifying sound with a motif!
[K-Dance] Jinjo Crew, Korea’s World Champion B-boy group will show off their
winning break dancing moves in a dance battle against the UK group the Soul
A wonderful collection of
hanboks, traditional South Korean dresses, will on display on the performance
stage with a Hanbok Fashion Show presenting the latest creations of this
traditional, vibrantly coloured design. There will also be talented UK based
young designers showcasing their latest collections.
The K-Fashion Pavilion will feature a selection of pop up
stores with clothing lines and accessories from Korean designers featured in
London Fashion Week.
Arts] Fans of traditional Korean
performing arts will be treated to a range of fine instrumentals from the
renowned National Gugak Centre who
will play homage to thousands of years of tradition and history with their
creative dances of peace, folk music, samulnoricelebratory drums and
ganggangsullae, a 5,000 year old Korean dance that was first used to bring
about a bountiful harvest.
At the event will be four fun filled interactive zones
highlighting the best of Korean food, technology, arts and crafts and gaming to
Korean food is well loved in the capital, and is one of the
tastiest, trendiest and healthiest cuisines in the world. Foodies are in for a
treat with a live cooking demonstration from the Food Channel's celebrity chef Judy
Joo. As well as top cooking tips there will 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 leads the world on
gaming and technology and the Square's ‘K-Contents
Zone’ will host a selection of online games including the popular E-Sports where visitors
can compete in a range of virtual activities.
Younger children will enjoy the
K-character pavilion with soft play, arts, toys and a sticker wall. There will
also be webtoons (online comics) to read and new animation screenings for all
As well as modern games visitors can
also try traditional folk games such as Yut-nori (a stick-throwing board game),
Tuho (arrow throwing), Jegi-chagi (tassel kicking).
There will also be demonstrations of
Korean calligraphy, the artistic tradition of artistic writing in Hangul.
K-Cultural Tourism Experience Zone:
In the ‘Cultural Tourism Experience
people can get creative by making traditional
crafts or trying on
Korea’s traditional 'Hanbok' dress as well as enjoying a series of Family
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
The ‘Brand Zone’ will include two
ambassadors of Korean manufacturing and technology Hyundai Motors and LG
Electronics who will be showcasing their latest new 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 look out for the PSY inspired 'Gangnam'
flash mob dancers who will be encouraging everyone to join in and have a go at
the popular fun dance craze that captured the world.
The 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.
Media wishing to cover the event on the day or for images /
interviews should email Rachelle on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07949 562 507