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Free Korean Music Concert for Dokdo and Jeju Islands to Liven up DC Historical Society, April 15

A free, public concert featuring traditional music and dance to celebrate the Korean islands of Dokdo and Jeju will take place at the Historical Society of Washington DC at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 15. It will present a variety of lively music on traditional instruments, including samulnori, gayageum, as well as the Bongsan Mask Dance. The performances will accompany a presentation on two of South Korea’s most cherished islands, Dokdo and Jeju.

The concert is organized by the Dokdo Racers, a youth group that promotes awareness of Dokdo as a part of Korea, and the Society for Prospective Korean American Leaders, a group leading the campaign for Jeju Island as one of finalists in the international New7Wonders of Nature competition.


The Dokdo Racers were formed voluntarily by Korean college students in 2009, and have since traveled to more than 20 countries to raise public awareness of Dokdo as a territory of South Korea. The rocky islets off Korea’s east coast, home to Korean citizens and coast guard personnel, are claimed by Japan.


Six members of the Dokdo Racers arrived in Washington D.C. in early April, and have been intensely engaged in the community during their stay.


The Society for Prospective Korean-American Leaders is a local group created by 1.5 and second generation Korean-Americans that is advocating in the United States for Jeju, a finalist in the on-going New7Wonders of Nature international competition.


The April 15 concert is open to public, and an RSVP is not required. The Historical Society of Washington DC is located at 801 K Street, NW Washington DC, 20001. Visitors are advised to use public transportation because the building does not have a dedicated parking lot. The closest metro stations are Mount Vernon and Gallery Pl-Chinatown.