VI Festival of Korean Culture (São Paulo) – part 2

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Better late than never, right? After almost one month, the second part of this series is here, yay! I’m not even going to waste time with excuses, so let’s get to the good stuff.

So, quick recap: on Part 1, we took a peek at what was going on the outer part of the event, mainly, since that’s what I did on the first day I went there. And even though I did go inside the cultural center to see the exhibitions then, I ended up not taking a single picture, so that’s what the second day was for. On Sunday, I was all by myself (on the day before, I was accompanied by some lovely folks from my class) so I could wander around more freely and stay as long as I wanted checking things out.

First thing I did was to go photograph the art exhibition, full of pieces made by people from the Korean community here in São Paulo. There was even a few little houses made by kids (see below)! Now, I’m no expert on Korean ceramics (there’s a shocker for you!), so I can’t exactly tell you if the pieces presented are representative of traditional or modern pottery techniques and styles. I mean, I conducted an extremely brief search online, but couldn’t really find looots of example pieces, so I decided to just leave it at that. Ginny, from the Korean Blog has a small article on Korean ceramics that may give one a small insight into the matter.

I have no idea what’s written in these paintings below (I’ve only been studying Korean for six months, after all), but i actually found them interesting. I’ve been on a map kick lately, so all kinds of posters and pictures with maps on it draw my attention.

Kids could have all kinds of fun in a paper folding (종이접기 – is that it really?) workshop. The weekend before that, our teacher had taught us how to make a paper crane, which was pretty cool, but I couldn’t replicate the process right now if my life depended on it. Anyway, I think the room was quite pretty with all these colours and shapes. There’s even a zebra, yay!

The grownups could enjoy a bit of the history of Hangul, the Korean Alphabet in a room designed to showcase that. Besides explaining how it came to be, the posters also dwelt on how to make syllables and on the visual aspects of the characters.

Kimchi-making instructions (below)! I guess I said before that I really didn’t see any of the food stalls in there offering kimchi, but inside the cultural centre there was a special space for it. Since it’s such a characteristic Korean dish, the organizers probably thought they should distinguish it in some way. So there were two big posters explaining how to make it and a tasting space.

There were posters about other traditional dishes, too, and some ladies making this sort of risotto thing that I can’t recall the name. I tried a bit of my friend’s serving and loved it since it was spicy in the right measure (I’m not used to super spicy food, after all).

I was also present to see the choir you see below perform some traditional Korean songs. I mean, I think they’re traditional, but as with everything else, I can’t be that sure. =p Anyway, the ladies appeared to be really happy, which was just lovely. One of them was positively enthusiastic about the whole thing, but I don’t think I captured her energy in a picture, unfortunately!

Oh, I made a short video of their presentation and posted it here.

And that’s it for part 2. Next time around, the K-pop part!


Check out more posts from this collaboration HERE.
Check out the other collaborators’ blogs here.
Check out The Korea Blog!

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