The rich diversity of Korean cultural heritage will be presented at the Korean Cultural Festival in Budapest starting on 8 September.
Jeong Kwan, Seon Buddhist nun and chef as special guest
The festival’s concert series consist of various performances of traditional Korean music, kugak, presenting many different faces from the beginnings of “K-kugak” to the present day, writes turizmus,com. The Black String, led by Ho Jun Dzong, who plays the traditional Korean plucked zither (geomungo), performs at the House of Hungarian Music. The NAL project, led by Ri Hi Mun, who sings folk songs from the Gyeonggi Province, will also attract many Korean culture enthusiasts. In addition, the performers also include Pak Ji Ha, who fuses the traditional sounds of Korean instruments with contemporary beats.
Korean music history and instruments workshops
Pak Ji Ha will perform at the Erkel Theater as one of the European stops of the National Kugak Center’s world tour. They play Chongmyo Djerjak, which is the ritual music of the royal ancestors in the Chongmyo Confucian shrine. The Chongmyo Djerjak was added to the UNESCO list of intellectual cultural heritage in 2001. 54 musicians and 18 dancers take part in the spectacular 90-minute show in Budapest.
Various workshops on the history of Korean music and musical instruments await those interested in the Korean Cultural Center and the House of Traditions. The professionals of the Jintu National Kugak Center, founded in 2004, guide the participants into the world of K-kugak, which includes traditional Korean music and dance.
Korean Film Week
As part of the festival, the Korean Film Week will be held at the Korean Cultural Center. This time, the audience will be able to see two films focusing on Korean music and dance.
Nun Jeong Kwan will tell the audience about health preservation, respect for life and the essence of Korean temple cuisine based on the concept of sustainability. Guests can also join in the live presentations online.
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