Modern Korean culture has quickly become a world wide phenomenon and popular in many parts of the world. K-pop (short for Korea pop) is a part of modern Korean culture that will feature prominently at the Festival. The hugely popular K-pop is a musical genre that originated from South Korea. Remember the international sensation 'Gangnam Style' by Psy? Well, he's a K-pop icon, but there are many hundreds of successful bands, groups and solo performers that epitomize this style of music. The Festival will feature the K-Pop World Festival Melbourne Regional Competition with keen competitors performing for the chance to make their dreams come true as a K-pop artist. The winner of the Melbourne Regional Competition will get to perform at the finals in October this year at Changwon, Republic of Korea.
Traditional Korean culture will also take centre stage at the Festival with demonstrations and performances of Korean traditional music - gugak. The term gugak translates to 'national music'. Traditional Korean music includes combinations of folk, vocal and religious music styles. There will also be Taekwondo (Korean traditional martial arts) displays. If you want a preview of traditional Korean culture you may want to view this video of a Taekwondo performance to traditional Korean music - Youtube video.
My daughter loves modern Korean fashion, but equally beautiful is the the traditional Korean dress. At the Festival you can try on traditional Korean Hanbok, which consists of vibrantly coloured blouse, skirt and robe.
You will also find stalls selling Korean products and handicrafts, in addition to stalls with information about Korean tourism. Don't forget the food! Try delicious Korean cuisine; both traditional Korean dishes and Korean street food.