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Korean Cultural week 2016

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Pretoria, South Africa hosted the 2016 Korean Cultural week which took place from 29 August - 3 September 2016.

The week consisted of an essay contest, Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra concert (Korean traditional instrument), an academic forum, film screenings and a traditional painting exhibition.

The essay contest was judged by members from the South African academia and the government and were on topics of Korea-Africa Relations; Korea's Development Experience for Africa, and How to promote Korean Culture in South Africa. Congratulating the winners, namely, Thato Matji from Wits University, Tawanda Matanda from University of Pretoria and Bhaso Ndzendze from Wits University, Ambassador Yeon-Ho Choi encouraged all the participants to maintain their interest in Korea.

The Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra Concert was greeted by a filled-to-capacity venue. Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra was established in 1999, embracing the distinction of being the first gayageum orchestra in Korea.

It has over 18 active members currently, who are mainly graduates from the Graduate School of Cultural Heritage, Sookmyung Women's University, educated with the Korean traditional music program. The gayageum is a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument, with 12 strings, though some more recent variants have 21 or other number of strings. It is probably the best known traditional Korean musical instrument.

The Orchestra played traditional Korean music, 'Let it be' by the Beatles, 'Amazing Grace' and ended with B-Boy break dance choreography. The audience were treated to break dancing.

An Academic Forum was held where an analysis was conducted of South African Markets & Korean Business Opportunities in South Africa.

Koean movies were screened and MINHWA, Korean traditional folk painting, was also exhibited.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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