Korea at the Thames Festival: Sarangbang!

Sarabang flier (small)

A two-day participation in the Mayor’s Thames Festival on the South Bank near Tower Bridge. You can expect the normal Korean food and information tents. But in the Korean Village this time you can turn your hand at making Korean paper lanterns (pre-booking required) or attend a woodblock printing class. There’s a grand parade on the Sunday evening where you can show off your lanterns. Korean experimental artists will perform street art on the theme of The River throughout the event. And Dulsori will be performing on Sunday afternoon in the “Scoop” (the pit in front of Red Ken’s building), plus at random times on the Saturday.

Here’s the full agenda:

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September

In the “Korean Village”

12pm-9.30pm Korean Cultural Centre, UK, Information Tent; Korea Tourism Organization Information Tent
12pm-9.30pm Korean Food Tent
12pm-9.30pm Craft Tent
1pm – 1.30pm / 3pm – 3.30pm / 5pm – 5.30pm Workshop — making a Korean hand-held lantern, facilitated by artist Jeon Young-il. All material is provided. (An advance booking is essential via dulsori.uk at dulsori dot com) (NB No 5pm workshop on the Sunday)
12pm-6pm Workshop & Exhibition — Woodblock Printing with artist Ahn Jun -young (Drop-in. All material is provided.)
12pm-9.30pm Exhibition — Traditional Korean Lantern. Jeon Young-il displays a selection of his work, made from Korean paper
12pm – 6pm Installation — Light the Bird!
12pm – 6pm Activity — Sampling traditional Korean tea
Variable Street Performance – traditional Korean music by Dulsori

And at various times in the general area… Street Performance – ‘The River’ by KoPAS

Additional events on Sunday 16 September

4pm – 5pm in The Scoop: Korean Music — ‘Binari’ by Dulsori

7pm – 9.45pm Night Carnival : Embankment to Waterloo

The organisers are looking for willing volunteers on both days to help act as hosts, take tickets and generally be friendly to visitors, and no doubt to do a bit of laying out and packing up of the stalls.

Contact dulsori.uk at dulsori dot com to book the workshop ‘Making Korean Hand-held Lantern’, and to volunteer to help.


  • Thames Festival official site (nothing specific on the Korean village at the time of writing)
  • Dulsori website

(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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