The celebrations by the Korean community are often a word-of-mouth thing. Everyone knows they’re going to happen — at least, everyone in the Korean community — but no-one seems to want to publicise it to non-Koreans.
So credit to Wook Kim for posting a video about the upcoming New Malden celebrations on Facebook. The festivals that mark Independence Day (15 August) used to happen at the Fairfield Recreation Ground in Kingston, but have now migrated to New Malden. Last year they were in the space behind the Glasshouse Pub, but this year they have moved up a gear: they will be taking over New Malden High Street on 17 August.
The activities are scheduled kick off around 11am, presumably with welcoming speeches from the dignitaries – last year Ambassador Park was the main VIP, in her first public engagement in the UK. The entertainments will continue with food, kimchi-making, K-pop cover and dance performances, performances from the Korean senior citizens group and more. The festivities are likely to come to an end mid- to late-afternoon.
Update: Wook Kim has now turned his video into a Facebook event which contains more detail on the days events:
1. Korean Street Market
Korean Food and Items in High Steet to buy
There will be a diverse selection of items and delicious street food in the high street.
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Place: New Malden, High Street
2. World Korean Foods Festival by KORSA
The Kimchi and Korean Food demonstration
Do you love Korean food, even Kimchi? Then how about learning how to cook it? Master Chef Lim will be your kind teacher at the event!
Spectacular Street Performance
We have a special performance team, Maro from South Korea. They have just arrived in the UK. They have brought a traditional and marvellous performance for you, today.
Time: 11:00 – 15:00
Place: St. George’s Square, New Malden KT3 4HG
11:00 – 11:40 Kimchi Demonstration & Tasting
11:50 – 12:30 Opening ceremony and street performances by Maro, Korean Performing Team
13:00 – 13:40 Bolgogi (Marinated Beef) Demonstration & Tasting
14:00 – 14:40 Kimchi Pancake Demonstration & Tasting
3. K-POP & Traditional Performances
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Place: Methodist Church, 49 High St, New Malden KT3 4BY
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British K-POP Performance and Random Play Game
I can tell it’s the cross over between Korea and the UK. If you know the song or dance, you can participate in the event!
14:00 | 14:20 | 14:40 | 15:30 | 15:50 K-pop performance + Random Play Dance Game
15:40 – 15:50 Senior Society Choir
16:15 – 16:25 Fandance Collaboration with Maro & Senior Society
16:25 – 16:35 Maro Traditional Performance
16:35 – 16:45 Performance (Maro + Moojin)
Korean Senior Society teams are also happy to participate in the event 🙂 So please join us we are looking for volunteers now!
Applying for volunteers: https://forms.gle/75eioeekeP4PceuaA
Please come along with your friends, family, and share this video and tag your friends! We will see you guys at the event!