Korea Festival returns to Abu Dhabi with K-pop star headliner

The sixth edition of the mega celebration celebrates all things Korean

Korea Festival returns to Abu Dhabi with K-pop star headliner

For the sixth year running, Korea Festival is returning to Abu Dhabi.

The event, which is seen as a symbol of the great relationship between the UAE and the Republic of Korea, has been running since 2013.

This year’s edition kicks off at the National Theatre on Wednesday, October 17 and will showcase the diverse culture on offer in the East Asia country.

And it will feature a spectacular K-pop concert by acclaimed R&B singer Wheesung.

The songwriter, producer and musical star is known as the R&B Prince and sold more than 600,000 copies of his debut album in 2002.

Since then Wheesung has won numerous awards and was asked by British singer Craig David to remake his song Insomnia.

To commemorate the Year of Zayed, the festival will open with a special light show in memory of the late Sheikh Zayed, Remembrance of Zayed, Lights in Consonance.

The first night will also have traditional music and dance by the Jindo National Gugak Center and a B-boy show, Marionette, by Expression Crew.

On Wednesday, October 24 another full show will take place at the National Theatre, this time including traditional performances from Namwon Korean Music Orchestra, and Wheesung's superstar gig. 

Other highlights of the festival, which runs until November 14, include an art exhibition at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Centre that will display works telling the stories of Sheikh Zayed’s many achievements.

The exhibition will be on display for the full duration of the festival.

Foodies will want to head to Zayed University Promenade on October 25 between 10am and 3pm when, among other activities, there will be a bibimpap tasting session.

There’s also a Korean and Arabic film festival at Vox Cinemas in Yas Mall between November 7 and 10.

The movies being shown include Emirati documentary film Honey, Rain and Dust directed by Nujoom Alghanem, the epic Korean film The Fortress and action flick Confidential Assignment, as well as a special VR film section. 

H.E. PARK Kang-ho, the ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United Arab Emirates says: “There is nothing more important than cultural exchange for us, the United Arab Emirates and Korea, to understand each other.

“And this year, I believe Korea Festival will have us remembering how much Sheikh Zayed and his legacy means to us, the people from both countries.”

All of the events are free to the public, with the exception of the film screenings. Registration is essential.

Free. Various locations. Oct 17-Nov 14. Koreafestivaluae.com.

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