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The 1st Annual Korean Culture Week Delights Washingtonians at the Kennedy Center

With a combination of cherished tradition, cutting-edge creativity, and high-flying cabbage, the 1st Annual Korean Culture Week at the Kennedy Center was a smashing success. 

Some 1,800 visitors packed the Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer over three days of events presented on the Millennium Stage by the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. Oct. 20-22.  It was designed as a tour of Korean performance arts past, present, and future, and featured some of Korea’s most well-known and original stage groups. 

The program kicked off with NANTA, the iconic kitchen adventure with traditional Samulnori percussion at its heart. The performance was followed by a VIP reception for invited guests and supporters of the Korean Cultural Center. The second evening presented master performers from the National Gugak Center for a rare showcase of refined traditional music and dance. The closing night featured the contemporary dance Darkness PoomBa by Modern Table, perhaps a less familiar name but a representative of the creative, innovative spirit of Korean performing arts. 

The Korean Cultural Center plans to continue Korean Culture Week as an annual event that showcases the incredible range and variety of stage performances from Korea.