Everything you need to know about Abu Dhabi's Korea Festival 2019

K-Pop, cooking classes, performances and more

Everything you need to know about Abu Dhabi's Korea Festival 2019

Abu Dhabi is a huge cultural melting pot, and that means we have so many brilliant opportunities to catch exhibitions and performances inspired by different countries around the globe.

One of these celebrations is the annual Korea Festival, and from now until November 9 you can enjoy a programme of events featuring music, art and cooking.

Hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development of the United Arab Emirates, it has been bringing culture and art lovers together since it first launched in 2013.

One of the features of the 2019 edition is a special Year of Tolerance art exhibition that is on display at The Cultural Foundation. Featuring works from senior artists from The National Academy of Arts, Republic of Korea, it explores the themes of people, nature and heritage, also looking at the fact that although people may live in different places in the world, their lives are still very similar.

Like all the events in the festival, the exhibition is free to enter, and you can drop in any time between 10am and 8pm from Saturday to Thursday, and noon to 10pm on Friday.

Meanwhile, K-Pop fans will be in their element, too, as on Thursday, October 24, Korean boy group D-Crunch will also be performing at The Cultural Foundation.

The first part of the K-Pop Night event will also include performances from other Korean and Emirati musicians such as the Dubai Arabic Orchestra, opera singer Fatima Alhashemi and Korean bands GongMyoung and 2nd Moon.

Following this up will be another night of music on Thursday, November 7, when K-Pop band B.I.G take to the stage to perform a 90-minute set.
Both concerts are free but you must pre-register in advance.

Meanwhile, foodies need to clear their diaries for Friday, November 11 as Jeong Kwan, star of Netflix show Chef’s Table, will be holding a cooking class at the Korean Cultural Center and sharing some of her signature recipes and philosophical ideas.

There’s also the chance to share a special meal with her on Tuesday, November 5, and for both foodie events you must apply in advance as places are limited.

Basically, there’s a lot to get your teeth into at this year’s festival.
Free. Until Nov 9. Various locations, including The Cultural Foundation, Qasr Al Hosn, www.koreafestivaluae.com.

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