The Korean Cultural Heritage Festival is celebrated by the Calgary Korean Women Association every year. In 2023, this festival was celebrated in the Bella Concert Hall at Mount Royal University on May 21.
Over 100 people attended this special event with their family and friends. In this exciting program, a number of dancers and artists from South Korea performed.
This event was open for anyone to broaden their understanding of Korean culture. The festival also offered different varieties of Korean food and snacks. The event showcased a variety of traditional music, dance, and martial arts.
Performers were awarded trophies and bouquets. The faces of the awarded children and performers were over the moon.
After the award presentation, the audience was treated to a mesmerizing display of Korean drumming and traditional Korean dances. These dances included the Sal Puri, Seonbi, fusion dance, duet dance, dragon dance, and many others. The traditional music group performed Harmony Guzheng, Korean saxophone, and Chinese flute.
“I enjoyed it very much. It is great to learn about different cultures, And really, really enjoyable,” said Evaan Yoon, who volunteers at the airport.
One of the highlights of this event is the Lion Dance, which is performed by six-to-seven groups of people during Korean festivals. The dance involves people wearing colourful lion costumes and dancing to drum beats. After finishing this performance, they distribute Satang, a Korean candy, to all the children in the hall.
“I think in terms of the Korean culture, because it was a divided country, it has kind of two different aspects in terms of the general culture for Korea. Now, it just seems like it’s kind of come into one, or it has bits of both kinds of nations,” said Daniel Kim, a performer. “That’s also very nice to see.”
At this event, people learned about the traditions and culture of the Korean community.
“Being Asian History Month, I would just like to attend as many Asian-oriented themed festivals this month so I can immerse myself with my culture,” said Verona Maah, an employee at a software engineering company. “I’m a strong believer in intercultural communications.”