Korean Culture Week in Egypt began at The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization which is located on El-Fustat Road, Ein Elsira, Cairo! With the presence of diplomats as well as the public. The Embassy of South Korea in Cairo, Egypt, arranged the event to promote the South Korean country's art, language, music, and cuisine. The Korean Culture Week aimed to enhance cultural exchange and diplomatic relations between Egypt and Korea. The event displayed various art exhibitions, traditional dances, musical performances, and delicacies of Korean cuisine! Let's take a look at what to expect from this exciting event!
The Korean Culture Week began on Friday, September 8, at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, and will end on September 14, 2023.
Numerous ambassadors, such as those of the European Union, Japan, and Australia, attended the inauguration of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Representatives from countries including Bangladesh, Mauritius, and Panama were also present at the ceremony.
"I see many young Egyptians are here with us tonight. I thank you for your interest and support for Korean culture"
"Today, we come together with immense pleasure to celebrate Korean Cultural Week, an occasion that allows us to explore the vibrant cultural ties between South Korea and Egypt"
Kim Yong Hyun (SADA EL BALAD ENGLISH)
1. Korean Book Fair
The Korean Books Pavilion will provide a strong presence in Korean literature, allowing visitors to delve into their passion for exploring Korean cultural identity through literature.
Famous Korean novelist Jeong Yoo Jeong will present her novel "Seven Years of Darkness" which was recently released in Egypt in Arabic. Jeong Yoo Jeong will also discuss her other works and the overall literary environment in Korea.
2. Traditional Korean Musicians
The artists there showcased their talents by adding dance and art to the music played on traditional Korean instruments.
Prof. Choi Jin, a Korean Gayageum player, will give a lecture at the Academy of Arts regarding traditional Korean musical instruments and techniques for playing the Gayageum. As a pioneer in the field, Choi Jin will provide valuable insights into the unique qualities of the instrument and its cultural significance. The lecture promises to be an informative and engaging experience for anyone interested in Korean music and culture.
Two days ago, a special lecture on Gayageum was hosted as part of the 2023 Korean Culture Week. The lecture was given by musician Choi Jin, who shared detailed insights on various traditional musical instruments, including the Gayageum.
The event attracted many audiences, and their participation made the session lively and engaging. Overall, the session was a great learning experience for all attendees who were able to learn more about the rich cultural heritage of Korea.
Egyptian youth who took part in the Kojak Academy and K-Pop Academy workshops will showcase their skills in a fusion concert at the finale of Korean Culture Week. The concert will be held at the end of the week to mark the completion of the said workshops. The music workshops aimed to introduce traditional Korean music and popular K-Pop culture to the participants, providing them with a unique experience and an opportunity to learn from professional instructors. The event aims to promote cultural exchange between Egypt and Korea while also highlighting the talents of the youth!
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The Korean troupe showcased their traditional opera called pansori, which is recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. The pansori is a storytelling song performed with a bok drum, a type of double-sided drum. The performance was carried out by a singer and is reminiscent of an age-old tradition in Korean culture.
If you're currently in Egypt, join us for the week of celebration at the National Museum of Egyptian Culture! We explore the similarities between Egypt and Korea despite their differences. Despite the cultural contrasts, we are bound by universal values and shared human experiences. Come and witness the beauty of our cultures come together in perfect harmony!
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