Kingston Korean Festival

Now in its third year, the early Autumn Korean harvest festival organised by Korean British Cultural Exchange comes to Kingston’s marketplace this September: Kingston Celebrates Chuseok Saturday 22 September 2018, 12 noon – 4pm Ancient Market Place | Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 1JS www.kbce.org.uk/harvest Detailed schedule at the bottom of this page. Fun, family-friendly and free for […]

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Kingston Korean Festival 2017: the photos

by Philip Gowman 14 October 2017
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Here is a collection of photos from the Korean Festival held in Kingston’s ancient market place on Saturday 16 September 2017. 16,706 people attended the festival and 526 people enjoyed the audience participation programmes on the day! LKL, unfortunately, wasn’t one of them, and these photos are taken with permission from the organisers’ Facebook page […]

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Kingston Korean Festival returns to the market square

by Events Editor 31 August 2017
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Following the great success of last year’s Autumn Full Moon Festival, Kingston Korean Festival 2017 returns to Kingston where the biggest Korean community in Europe is based. This year, Kingston Korean Festival runs two main programmes to celebrate Korean culture and engage with British people in many ways: Experience how Koreans are celebrate their first […]

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Exhibition news: “Dol” – baby’s first birthday celebration in Korea

by Events Editor 31 August 2017
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As part of this year’s Kingston Korean Festival, Korean British Cultural Exchange (KBCE) is presenting an exhibition at Kingston Museum: ‘DOL’ – baby’s first birthday celebration in Korea 31 August – 3 October 2017 Kingston Museum | Wheatfield Way | Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS Tue, Fri, Sat: 10am to 5pm | Thu: 10am to 7pm | Mon, Wed, Sun: closed […]

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Event news: Chuseok celebrations in Kingston

by Events Editor 28 August 2016
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There will be some Chuseok festivities on Saturday 17 September in Kingston marketplace, 12-4pm, organised by Korean British Cultural Exchange and supported by Kingston Council. It is said to be the first Korean street/outdoor festival to be held in Kingston town centre, and is certainly to be welcomed as an alternative focus to celebrate Koreanness there now the summer festival in […]

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Kingston Korean Festival: 17 August 2013

by Events Editor 25 July 2013
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The Kingston Korean Festival will be held as usual in the Fairfield Recreation Ground Kingston KT1 2PY (map) on 17 August. Here is a welcome message from Christopher Kwon, chairman of the Korean Residents’ Society, who organise the festival. The 16th Korean Festival 2013 Outline of the Festival The Korean Festival is to be held […]

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Mask dance and K-pop covers at the Kingston Korean Festival

by Philip Gowman 11 August 2012
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During the Olympics, the Korean Tourism Organisation has been sponsoring a K-pop vocal and dance workshop in Chelsea Town Hall. The results were on show today at the 15th annual Korean Festival organised by the Korean Residents Society. I think I managed to miss all the traditional performances this year – the otherwise informative programme […]

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This year’s Kingston Korean Festival is on 11 August 2012

by Events Editor 8 August 2012
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The annual Independence Day Kingston Korean Festival organised by the Korean Residents Society is on 11 August, 10am-7pm, on the Fairfield Recreation Ground near the centre of Kingston [Map], celebrating Korean culture with traditional food, music, dance and costumes. And the popular K-pop contest returns for its second year. The war veterans’ march-past normally begins […]

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Photos from the Kingston Festival

by Philip Gowman 13 August 2011
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Some snaps from today’s Kingston Korean Festival, on Michael Rank’s Flickr account. Let me know if anyone else has any. http://t.co/YBJYlfJ # Keywords: Event tags: Kingston 2011

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Kingston Korean Festival 2011: 13 August

by Events Editor 11 August 2011
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And that’s all I know so far. I’ve spoken to many people in the Korean community who’ve been involved with the festival in prior years, but none of them are involved any longer. There are rumours of a k-pop contest, and also of a piano trio who will play arrangements of Korean folk melodies. And […]

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The Korean Festival 1 – British Summer 1

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2010
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The Kingston Korean Festival (14 August this year), timed to take place as close as possible to Korea’s Independence Day on 15 August, is always at the mercy of the British summer weather. We all knew that rain was likely at some point during the day, and when there were a few spots during the […]

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Kingston Korean Festival 2010

by Events Editor 10 August 2010
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The annual Korean Festival at the Fairfield Recreation Ground, Kingston, is upon us: 14 August. [Map] The event usually kicks off with a parade of British Veterans from the Korean War at 11am. Lots of food stalls, bouncy castles for the kiddies, traditional performances, taekwondo demonstrations and more. Here’s the details, in Korean, from the […]

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Photos from the Festival

by Philip Gowman 22 August 2009
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In the past, there’s always been some reason why I couldn’t get to the Korean Festival in Kingston. This year the way things panned out I could only manage to spend an hour there over lunchtime, but it’s a fun day out. A tip: there are two reasons not to go there by car. (1) […]

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Kingston Korean Festival 2009: 15 August

by Events Editor 31 July 2009
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After a break in 2008, the Kingston Korean Festival is back this year on 15 August, timed to coincide with the liberation of Korea from Japan in 1945. As usual, the event is at the Fairfield Recreation Ground in Kingston, and there will be lots of food stalls. Here’s the provisional running order, though as […]

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UK Korean Festivals 2009

by Philip Gowman 13 April 2009
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Want details of Korean Festivals in the UK this year? This article tells you what Festival you might be interested in.

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Question mark over Kingston Korean Festival 2008?

by Philip Gowman 18 May 2008
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The open-air festival on the Fairfield Recreation Ground in Kingston, organised by the Korean Residents Society, usually happens in August every year, though last year it was June. This year, the date is not yet confirmed, and there are doubts about whether it will be happening at all. I’ve heard a few inside stories about […]

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London Korean Festivals 2008

by Philip Gowman 3 March 2008
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It’s only early March, and I’ve already noticed that people are googling for “London Korean Festivals” in 2008. So here is a list of all potential Korean events in the London area in 2008 which have “Festival” in their title. This is obviously a work-in-progress post; with luck it will, over time, answer all your […]

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