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Kingston welcomes back the Korean Festival for the 3rd year

Korean Festival 2018 22 September Harvest

The Korean British Cultural Exchange (KBCE), working with Kingston Council, are welcoming back the popular annual festival, which celebrates Korean culture and heritage.

The extravaganza kicks off with the Harvest Fest on Saturday 22 September, where local people can get involved in a range of unique and interactive events, such as a Korean Traditional Wedding Ceremony, a cooking demonstration, as well as the traditional folk game ‘Jaegi’. Local performers will also be providing entertainment throughout the afternoon on the community stage.

Justina Jang from KBCE said:

“This festival provides a fantastic platform for promoting cultural understanding and building a harmonious society. We are really proud of our culture and we would like everyone in the borough to come together from different  cultures and communities to join in the celebrations.

“Thank you to everyone who has helped ensure that this year’s event is bigger and better than previous years. We are pleased to be working with the New Malden Rotary Club who are supporting the event through fundraising activities. We are also grateful to the Parent Association of North Korean students’ Saturday school who are will be  selling food at various events to raise funds for school activities.”

Councillor Malcolm Self, Portfolio Holder with responsibility for culture at Kingston Council, said:

“I’m delighted that we’re welcoming back the festival for another year. Kingston has the biggest Korean population in Europe and this festival includes just a few of the many events happening across the borough to promote cultural understanding.”

In addition, KBCE are organising the annual K-Pop UK National Competition, which will for the first time take place at All Saints Church in Kingston on Saturday 27 October. The finalists will be announced on 22 September and will showcase their vocal and dancing skills on stage at the Korean Festival. There will also be an opportunity for audiences to win a signed K-Pop CD, which includes the popular K-Pop group BTS.

The Kingston Korean Festival is supported by Kingston Council Overseas Koreans Foundation, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (Korea), Korean Food Promotion Institute, KORSA and World Institute Kimchi. For more information about the events visit www.kbce.org.uk or email Justina Jang at silver102kt@gmail.com.