KSU celebrates "Year of Korea" Day


Oct. 14 event captures Korea's  sounds, sights and tastes The “Year of Korea”…

Georgia (Sep 30, 2009)

Oct. 14 event captures Korea's  sounds, sights and tastes

The “Year of Korea” celebration continues Oct. 14 at KSU with an all-out culture fest, featuring a sneak preview of traditional music by visiting Korean musicians, dance, martial arts, folktales and food tastings, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Legacy Gazebo.

The Korean Zither Musicians Association from Seoul, Korea, will offer a sample of the music they will perform during a ticketed event at 8 p.m. in the Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center. The concert and mini-performance at the Gazebo will showcase the calming and soulful gayageum — a 12-string zither that is considered Korea’s national instrument — as well as other traditional instruments and voice. 
Among the “Year of Korea” Day highlights, the KSU Dance Company will perform the Taepyungmu Dance under the direction of Min Kim, assistant professor of dance in KSU’s College of the Arts. 
“The dance is a traditional form, usually performed for the king and queen and for peace,” Kim said. “So it’s a very special dance.”
Other highlights include:
·         Tae Kwon Do demonstration by Dae Han Martial Arts
·         Korean folktales by the KSU Tellers, directed by Hannah Harvey, assistant professor of Theater
·         Food tasting provided by the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project.
“We’re looking forward to a very exciting showcase of Korea’s beautiful, intriguing arts and its great cuisine,” said Dan Paracka, director of International Services and Programs. “We’re encouraging everyone to come out, learn and enjoy.”
Following a month of lectures on Korean history and culture and the premier of an ongoing exhibit of Korean ceramics in the Art Gallery at Sturgis Library, the “Year of Korea” Day performances and demonstrations are a prelude of things to come. The remainder of the fall schedule features lectures on music, contemporary culture, Buddhism and pivotal developments in Korea’s political history by visiting scholars from Korea, Columbia University and the University of Georgia, as well as KSU faculty experts.
“Year of Korea” Day events are supported by the Arts Council of Korea, the Korean Foundation, the Korea International Trade Association and the Korea Tourism Organization.
 For a list of upcoming “Year of Korea” events, visit www.kennesaw.edu/yearofkorea.


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