By Kim Hyelin and Yoon Sojung
New York, U.S.
Select Korean films enjoying recent popularity will be screened in the South Korean Cinema section of the New York Asian Film Festival at Lincoln Center from June 29 to July 15. On June 29, the gugak (traditional Korean music) performance titled “Kokdu, a Story of Guardian Angels” will make its U.S. debut to mark the 40th anniversary of the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in New York.
The National Gugak Center and the Korean Cultural Center in Paris from June 11-21 will have gugak vocalist Min Hye-sung teach a class on Korean storytelling featuring pansoriand minyo (traditional folk songs). Attendees can learn how to properly sing pansori and practice singing minyo such as “Seongju Puri” and part of the pansori song “Heungboga.” On June 12, Min and French actor Hervé Péjaudier will present the collaborative pansori work “Tale of Lady Sugyeong” featuring songs performed in both Korean and French.
“DMZ, a Land of Peace and Life,” an exhibition featuring the photos of Choi Byung-kwan, will be held from June 25 to July 20 at the National Museum of Indonesia. The event will convey Seoul’s intent to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula through the photos on display, which will depict the Demilitarized Zone separating both Koreas.
The KCC will operate a booth at the Madrid Book Fair, an event that runs from May 31 to June 16 at Retiro Park. Among the various programs to be available at the booth include Korean children’s books, Spanish-language translations of Korean literature and virtual reality shows related to Korea. From June 14-27, the center will host the modern Korean dance festival “Chum Danza” in Cadiz, Valencia and Cordoba.
The exhibition “K-Chopsticks: Connection” will be held from June 11 to August 11 at the Nursultan Nazarbayev Center. The two month-long program will introduce chopstick crafts and the artistic value of traditional Korean dining culture and living tools to Kazakhstan, where chopsticks are not widely used.
A kimchi-making class is scheduled from June 21-23 during the Good Food & Wine Show at International Convention Centre in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. The three-part program will teach how to make kimchi, the most iconic Korean food. Publicity materials with Korean recipes will also be offered on the spot.