When: 8th July 2017, 11am – 5.30pm
Where: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX
What is it?
The London Korean Festival 2017, part of an official year-long cultural exchange between the UK and Korea, is set to bring the best of Korean arts to the UK on Saturday 8th July.
Korean cuisine, Korean martial arts demonstrations and drumming from TAGO, who performed sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, are among the attractions for families at the free event.
Visitors to the event will be able to see would-be UK K-pop stars will be competing for a place to perform in the K-Pop World Festival. There will also be more traditional performances and workshops during the day.
Also looking ahead to upcoming international events – the Olympic Winter Games are due to take place in PyeongChang in 2018 – there will be a virtual experience showing off Korea’s plans and hopes for the Games during the day.
Following the daytime event, which is free to attend, a ticketed evening concert will take place at 7pm featuring four K-pop sensations including Highlight, the boy-band formerly known as Beast, one of the most award-winning Korean groups of all time, and EXID, the multi-award-winning girl group whose name stands for ‘Exceed In Dreaming’.
The Korean Cultural Centre UK’s wide programme over the next twelve months will include a month-long K-Music festival in September, performances from Korean companies on London’s most prestigious dance stages including Sadler’s Wells and The Place; and visual arts exhibitions, workshops and residencies across twenty organisations in London, Bristol, Gateshead, Liverpool and Sheffield.
The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCC UK) was opened by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in January 2008 in London; with the aim of enhancing friendship, amity and understanding between Korea and the UK, through cultural and educational activities.