Sharjah Cultural Palace hosts South Korean Cultural and Musical Event

by Carissa Garcia

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UAE- South Koreans dazzled the crowd in the recently held Korean Cultural Week at Sharjah Cultural Palace on October 5- Saturday.

The musical event was organized by Sharjah Department of Government. Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Cultural Relations, HE Chun Young-wook, Consul General of South Korea in Dubai, HE Chairat Sirivat, Thailand’s Consul General in Dubai, and other official figures and diplomats attended the event.

It showcased the colorful and rich tradition of South Korea. The evening started off with the ‘Do Dance’ performed by the Korean musical ensemble that presents a dance, which reflects rich history of the Korean province of Jeollabuk-Do.

‘Hwagwanmu’ was also performed wearing a traditional embroidered dress with national flowers that represents show of respect to peace, love and prosperity in South Korea.

The audience was mesmerized with the spectacular musical piece, together with Gayageum folk medley and the traditional drum which detailed the country’s history of traditional music and dancing.

Korean opera singer Pang SuMi captivated the audience with folk songs that reflected Korea’s rich cultural heritage. Her pansori musical story musical storytelling delighted the audience with some of the most emblematic folk songs that have forged and shaped the Korean cultural identity, such as Arirang. Pansori is considered a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.

“It gives me great pleasure to be here with you at the beautiful Sharjah Cultural Palace today. It is a great honour for us to showcase South Korean cultural performances, one of the main features of South Korea Cultural Week 2019, for the first time here in the emirate of Sharjah, which is known as the cultural capital of the Arab world,” HE Chun Young-wook, Consul General of South Korea in Dubai said.

The cultural presentations ended with Hanbok Fashion Show which highlighted beauty and elegance of Korean traditional array.

“In Sharjah, we follow the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to strengthen avenues of cultural understanding with all countries in the world by focusing on the power of knowledge, art and creativity in communicating with people worldwide,” Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi said.

He also emphasized that the importance of having UAE Week across the world builds bridges of communication with people. Recently organized programs in Turin, Saint Petersburg and Moscow, exhibits Sharjah’s history and pioneering knowledge and intellectual projects. In addtition, he highlighted the importance of  cultural exchange between countries in building fruitful relations around the world.