Hosted by the Korean Culture Festival Committee, this inaugural event was created to learn about Korean culture through experience rather than study. It was their hope that people would walk away with more than just an understanding of the culture and that it would galvanize people from all walks of life regardless of their heritage. Opening remarks by community leaders and guests kicked off the festivities. All were invited to check out the addition of a Korean section at the city library.
Links to these groups are throughout the article. Visit them to learn more.
Members from the Millbrae Youth Chamber performed Arirang, New Arirang on strings.
SF Korean Symphony members performed Canon/ B. Rosette.
The performances ended with a bang...literally. Many drums were brought on stage and the group, Urisawe pounded out Sam-Go-Mu. So Awesome!
Bay Area station, 24hrKPOP filmed the performances. The following is a sampling they aired on their news. For full performances, visit them on YouTube here.
Time slipped away before we personally experienced all of the activities. Other guests enjoyed a facepainting station and learned the kicking game, Ttakji.
Over all, the event was filled with a variety of ways to learn about and experience many different aspects of the Korean culture. We both walked away with a greater familiarity with Korean life. The event was a success in achieving the goal of experiencing the traditions, talents, and warmth of the Korean culture regardless of one's heritage.
Thank you City of Millbrae, the committee, and volunteers. Well done!
By Melodie Everson
Blossom Petal Productions
Founder of To: Hallyu, with Love
Photo credits to Melodie Everson & Elise Everson of Blossom Petal Productions