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Kingston’s Korean Festival comes to town

Kingston’s Korean Festival in the Ancient Market on Saturday celebrated the culture of Europe’s largest Korean community, based in New Malden.

The vibrant celebrations included a parade, traditional and contemporary dance and K-Pop music, as well as folk games, paper flower and lantern-making workshops.

Cllr Andy Johnson-Creek, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Internationalism and Culture at Kingston Council, said ahead of the event:

“I’m delighted that we’re welcoming back the successful Korean Festival for another year, this time it’s bigger and better than ever, with an exhibition on Korean culture at Kingston Museum running until October.

“We want Kingston to be designated the first London Borough of Culture and it’s events and celebrations like the Korean Festival that reinforce why our Royal Borough deserves the title.”

Activities for children helped raise awareness of the importance of recycling and sustainability. The ideas were developed by Artrash, a group of artists from Kingston’s twinned town of Gwanak-Gu in Korea, who travelled to Kingston especially for the event.

As part of the Korean Festival, there is a special exhibition at Kingston Museum until 3 October which explores ‘Dol’, a baby’s first birthday celebration in Korea and the associated ‘Doljabee’ ceremony, which is said to predict the baby’s future.

Working in collaboration with the Korean British Cultural Exchange, a non-profit organisation which promotes Korean culture in the UK, Kingston Council is proud to be a sponsor of this event.