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Kingston’s Korean Festival comes to town

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Kingston will be welcoming the Korean Festival to the Ancient Market Place on Saturday 16 September from 12 noon until 4pm.

The vibrant celebrations will include a parade, traditional and contemporary dance and K-Pop music, as well as folk games, paper flower and lantern-making workshops and even Korean costumes which children will be able to try on.

Cllr Andy Johnson-Creek, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Internationalism and Culture at Kingston Council, said:

“I’m delighted that we’re welcoming back the successful Korean Festival for another year, this time it’s bigger and better than ever, with an exhibition on Korean culture at Kingston Museum running until October.

“We want Kingston to be designated the first London Borough of Culture and it’s events and celebrations like the Korean Festival that reinforce why our Royal Borough deserves the title.”

There will also be activities for children which raise awareness of the importance of recycling and sustainability, which have been developed by Artrash, a group of artists from our partner town of Gwanak-Gu in Korea, who have travelled to Kingston especially for the event.

As part of the Korean Festival, there is a special exhibition at Kingston Museum until 3 October which explores ‘Dol’, a baby’s first birthday celebration in Korea and the associated ‘Doljabee’ ceremony, which is said to predict the baby’s future.

Working in collaboration with the Korean British Cultural Exchange, a non-profit organisation which promotes Korean culture in the UK, Kingston Council is proud to be a sponsor of this event.