By Kim Hyelin and Kim Hwaya
The Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in Paris, the first of its kind opened in Europe, on Nov. 20 will move to a larger facility in the eighth arrondissement of the French capital 39 years after its establishment. The Korea Tourism Organization and the Korea Creative Content Agency will also set up offices in the same building to promote Korean culture and art.
With a combined area of 3,756 square meters, the larger building will accommodate more people and house experiential centers for Korean culture and food (485 square meters), an auditorium with 118 seats, an exhibition hall (500), a library (345) and a lecture room (185).
The KCC will host through February next year about 20 events including the exhibition “DDaeggal,” the performance “Scent of Ink,” K-music concerts, a webtoon event, an animated film screening, Atelier de Korean cuisine and an information technology conference. (https://www.coree-culture.org/)
The following is a list of November events at KCCs in other regions.
Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Korean Temple Food Cooking Class taught by the Buddhist monk Jeong Kwan will run from Nov. 1-5 at the KCC’s Surragan and Arirang Hall. The class for the general public will be on the first day and another for chefs on Nov. 3. Baru gongyang, a communal Buddhist meal, will be available on Nov. 5.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Marking the centennial anniversary of Korean cinema, the KCC in Buenos Aires will host screenings of Korean movies from Nov. 8-30 at the National Art Museum (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes). Among 100 historical Korean movies, nine including “The Housemaid” (2010) and “Joint Security Area” (2000) will be screened free of charge.
The musical “1446,” based on the life of King Sejong the Great, will run from Nov. 14-15 at Hanmadang Hall of the KCC in Tokyo. This year-end performance presents the latest in Korean stage productions.
The KCC in Nigeria on Nov. 12 will host the annual Korean Cultural Festival at the hotel Transcorp Hilton in Abuja. Korean culture will be presented through programs such as celebratory performances by popular YouTube singer Choi Jin-sol from the Seoul Institute of the Arts and eight invited performers. A Korean product exhibition and booths featuring K-food are also scheduled.