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Grand Performance brings curtain down on Korean Week


Aug 6, 2009

On July 24, 2009, the Korean Week Grand Performance was held in the APU Millennium Hall. Korean Week was the fifth and final Multicultural Week for this semester and the level of interest and anticipation towards the performance was illustrated by the many people who were seen waiting on line to secure their seat.

Under the theme of `IBADI', the Korean word for festival, the Korean Week executive committee organized a range of events such as Korean cooking classes and mask making to promote intercultural communication and peoples' understanding of the Korean culture.

Grand Performance was made up of a range of performances including a mock Korean traditional wedding ceremony, Samulnori (a traditional Korean music), Taekwondo (an official Olympic event and the national sport of Korea), Buchae-chum (a traditional dance with fans) and Gayageum (a 12 stringed Korean musical instrument). Also, there were performances of a Sogochum dance accompanied with the Korean musical instrument Sogo and Kkok Du Gak Si (a Korean traditional dance performed by children).

Many people were impressed with the performances which revolved around the central theme of a couple's wedding. Although there was very little verbal explanation of the performances, the audience praised the show for being easy to understand and follow what was happening.

Multicultural Weeks are an event unique to APU and are held to let students introduce their country's cultural uniqueness to the APU community and general public.

*Multicultural Week is sponsored by the Nakajima Foundation

Reporter, Student Press Assistant (SPA): PARK Songyi (APM3, Korea)

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