London Korean Festival featuring food, drumming, Taekwondo and K-Pop

The London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea heralds an official year-long cultural exchange between the UK and Korea, set to bring the best of Korean art to the UK.

Korean cuisine, Korean martial arts demonstrations and drumming from TAGO, who performed sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, are among the attractions for families at the free day event, full of the sights, sounds and scents of Korean culture.

There is an opportunity for would-be UK K-pop stars to compete in the K-Pop World Festival, with UK Regionals taking place at 2pm during the London Korean Festival. 

Also looking ahead to upcoming international events, the Olympic Winter Games are due to take place in PyeongChang in 2018 and there will be a virtual experience showing off Korea’s plans and hopes for the Games at the Olympia during the day.

Following the daytime event, which is free to attend, a ticketed evening concert will take place at 7pm featuring four K-pop sensations including Highlight, the boyband formerly known as Beast, one of the most award-winning Korean groups of all time, and EXID, the multi-award-winning girl group whose name stands for ‘Exceed In Dreaming’.

Alongside a reciprocal season organised by the British Council’s announcement of UK/Korea 2017/18 which will see British artists visit Korea, the Korean Cultural Centre UK’s wide programme over the next twelve months includes a month-long K-Music festival in September, performances from Korean companies on London’s most prestigious dance stages including Sadler’s Wells and The Place, and visual arts exhibitions, workshops and residencies across twenty organisations across London, Bristol, Gateshead, Liverpool and Sheffield. Performance art also plays a significant role throughout the season’s programme, which includes KCCUK-supported external projects and an in-house programme dedicated to the season.

Listing information

8 July 2017 London Korean Festival 2017
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX

11am – 5.30pm | Free | 020 7004 2600

K-Pop World Festival: UK Regional Round
2pm – 3.30pm | Free | 020 7004 2600

7 – 10pm | £30 (standing tickets only) | 020 7004 2600

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