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British Museum and AKS celebrate Chuseok

BM Chuseok Flier 550

Two events to celebrate Chuseok, Korea’s harvest festival.

Firstly, the Anglo-Korean Society will be having a buffet dinner at Young Bean Kwan on the Barbican highwalks in the City on 20 September. Guest of honour will be Ambassador Cho.

There will be a short pre-dinner talk on Korean customs and food, and guests will be entertained by young Korean musicians on traditional instruments.

Pre-booking required with the AKS. Download a flier for the Chuseok dinner here. AKS membership enquiries to Sylvia Park (sylviaparkairtravel at hotmail dot co dot uk)

Second, the British Museum will be celebrating Chuseok on 22 September. Many of the entertainments from the Thames Festival the previous weekend will be appearing in the forecourt of the BM, and also in some of the galleries.

Full details in the attached flier. In summary, Dulsori with some pungmul percussion, KoPAS with some experimental performance, some chamber music, and some traditional dancing which scared off the Japanese invaders during the late 16th century Imjin war; a screening of Im Kwon-taek’s Chihwaseon, and highlights from Dae Jang Geum, everyone’s favourite TV drama; some soap sculpting with Shin Mee-kyung – who was one of the artists in Asia House’s Through the Looking Glass exhibition last year; some lantern-making and woodblock printing (same details as the Thames Festival); and finally a gallery talk about the museum’s famous Moon Jar (more on this soon).

A massive half-day with something to suit everyone, from noon till 5pm. In fact the main frustration is that there’s so much going on that you’ve got to choose what to miss. For example the Chihwaseon screening, the gallery talk, and traditional chamber music in the reconstruction of a yangban’s study are all going on at the same time.


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

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