It was a perfect day in More London, by Tower Bridge, and the crowds were out in large numbers to enjoy the Thames Festival. The Korean contingent had taken possession of The Scoop for the weekend, and over 70 performers had come over from Korea to entertain the festival-goers.
Reflecting the current marketing push to promote Korean cuisine, the food tents from some of the best Korean restaurants in central London were supplemented by two from the Institute of Traditional Korean Food, offering the opportunity to make desserts and taste various dishes.
Of the performers, possibly Sorea were the headline act. Their best known track, In Panic, is accompanied by breakdancers from Extreme Crew in their music video.
But for their London appearance the musicians had four green spirits known as the Jammers. Part acrobat, part comedian in the best Jump / Nanta tradition, these entertainers were a strange choice to mix with the established popular fusion band, who were ill at ease with the need to respond to the action.
The show, entitled Monsters Theatre, is an established stage show in Korea, and perhaps it is unfair to judge on the basis of the extracts we were seeing.
But there was much to enjoy, and the crowd gave the performers an enthusiastic reception.
The fan dance is always a popular one with the audience, and there were numerous other dances performed as well.
The third main performance was the impressive Taekwondo demonstration team from the Korea National University of Sport, who are about to embark on a tour of England.
The Thames Festival is a great day out. If you didn’t make it today, make sure you go tomorrow, when there will be a repeat of today’s performances. And I’m told that the parade at the end of the Festival will be the best yet.
More photos below.