Celebrate Korean Thanksgiving in Kingston

Kingston is celebrating its first Korean Autumn Full Moon Festival on Saturday 17th September in the Ancient Market Place between 12pm and 4pm.

The Korean Full Moon, known as ‘Chuseok’ in Korea, is one of the most important and celebrated events in the Korean calendar. It’s a time when family members come together to share food, tell stories and give thanks to their ancestors.

With a full day of entertainment, there will be something for everyone to enjoy, including a K-Pop dance competition, Korean folk games (Jaegi Chagi), Korean dessert making, taekwondo, a traditional parade, Korean street food and cooking demonstrations.

The council-funded event is being hosted in collaboration with the Korean British Cultural Exchange (KBCE), a newly funded charity that aims to promote the understanding of Korean culture by organising cultural and educational activities.

Councillor Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Heritage, Arts and Leisure at Kingston Council, said:

"I am delighted that Kingston is hosting its first Korean Autumn Full Moon Festival. We have the largest Korean community in Europe outside of Korea and it is really exciting to be celebrating such an important festival and understanding other cultural traditions.

"We need to continue to bring communities together to learn about and celebrate our wonderfully diverse borough."