"Where's Gangnam?" Korean Arts & Culture Room at the Shoreline Arts Festival, June 29-30

Friday, May 31, 2013

Korean American Historical Society (KAHS) and United Seattle and Bellevue Korean Language School (USBKS) are jointly hosting a Korean arts and culture room during the 23rd Annual Shoreline Arts Festival on Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 10-6 p.m. and June 30, 2013, from 10-5 p.m. at the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline.

Gangnam style dance is taking the world by storm, and K-Pop is receiving recognition in mainstream America. This is a wonderful phenomenon. People are taking notice of Korea and Korean culture, and we want to take this rare opportunity to showcase the breadth and depth of Korean culture. Korea has experienced many cultural changes and shifts over its long history, and we would like to exhibit the beauty, accessibility, and warmth, that may not be readily visible. 

Enjoy Korean American culture and arts in a safe, fun, and inviting environment. At this free event, visitors will have an opportunity to view traditional Korean clothing and pottery, read about Korean history and culture, sample Korean desserts and beverages, play with traditional musical instruments, and much more. Most importantly, visitors will have an opportunity to experience Korean culture and arts through various modalities: visual, auditory, kinetic, and gustatory. 

We will have many fun activities and demonstrations in the room for the whole family, including Paper Lantern Folding. Entertaining performances will include Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney, with Hyeonhee Park, as well as a K-POP Variety Hour with 2sop and a Korean Percussion Music Workshop by Peter Joon Park. For exact times, see the schedule.

The Shoreline Arts Festival (SAF) is an annual community event which attracts over 10,000 persons of diverse age and background over a course of two days. SAF highlights arts and culture, as well as various ethnic cultural arts of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Middle Eastern, and more.  

Korean American Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the collective memory of Koreans living in the United States and abroad and promoting awareness and pride in the ethnic heritage and experience of Koreans. 

United Korean Language School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds to learn the language, culture, and history of Korea. . In particular, we encourage children of Korean descent to draw strength and pride from their Korean heritage as they grow into confident and engaged adults in the global community. For more information, contact Matthew Benuska at 253-235-9393.


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