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  • The 1st Seoul Korean Traditional Music Festival in September… Traditional Music Flows throughout Seoul Plaza during Chuseok Holidays

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    제1회 서울국악축제 국악으로 놀다! 국악으로 날다! The 1st Seoul Korean Traditional Music Festival 2019.9.6(Fri)-29.(SUN) bukchon hanok Village & Wonseo Park Seoul Plaza Sejong Center Seoul Namsan Gugakdang Seoul Donhwanum Traditional Theater

    The 1st Seoul Korean Traditional Music Festival will take place in September (Sept. 6-29), allowing the audience to pick unique performances and get a taste of various genres of gugak (Korean traditional music), performances of which are not easy to find. Visitors will be able to experience the charm of gugak throughout the city, including in Seoul Plaza and Bukchon Hanok Village.

    57 programs with the participation of over 100 teams from Korea and abroad will be held, including a small-scale hanok concert that offers the charm and flavors of gugak House of the Min Clan of Namsangol Hanok Village in a deepening autumn evening, a masquerade boasting the senses of young mask dangers, and a national gugak contest. A university gugak contest will also take place in which representative gugak singers and sanjo players from multiple universities will compete with each other and the artist for the future will be selected through citizen voting.

    During the weekend that coincides with the Chuseok holidays (Sept. 14-15), Seoul Plaza will turn into a venue for pansori and folk songs of the gugak festival. The pansori and folk song concert performed by Ahn Sook-sun, a Living National Treasure of South Korea, and Lee Chun-hee, a master of pansori, in collaboration with their 99 pupils will be a large-scale, must-see performance of high class. In addition, the young pansori singers or idols in the gugak scene, Yu Taepyungyang, Jeong Bo-gwon, and Kim Jun-su, will satisfy the eyes and ears of the audience with their performances. Traditional handicraft flea markets and food trucks will be operated and an experience center for learning samul nori will be prepared. If you have plans to go on a picnic with your family during the Chuseok holidays, we recommend you indulge yourself in the mood of the ever-approaching autumn while listening to gugak in Seoul Plaza.

    Besides these events, there will be also be unique gugak street concerts, such as “Donhwamun Picnic” and “Namsangol Night Tour.” “Donhwamun Picnic” will be held for the audience to enjoy gugak while traveling along Donhwamun-ro in front of Changdeokgung Palace, which was once the path for a picnic of the king, to learn its history and culture. “Namsangol Night Tour” is a performance offered in the form of a play that brings the audience on a journey to find Yeonam Park Ji-won, who is known to have lived near Namsangol. For more information and the detailed schedule of programs, visit the website of Seoul Korean Traditional Music Festival (http://www.seoulgugak.com/) or contact the management office at +82-70-7462-1108.

    □ Main Event in Seoul Plaza, “Traditional Music Blooms”
    ○ Period / Venue: September 14 (Sat.) – 15 (Sun.), 2019 / Seoul Plaza
    ○ Contents: Various genres of gugak, including jeongak, pansori, folk song, and play; citizen’s participatory programs, such as Seoul Singing Contest and gugak experience zone

    Traditional Music Blooms
    Date & Time Program Contents
    Sept. 14 (Sat.) 12:00-14:00 Seoul Singing Contest Singing contest among amateur gugak singers
    14:00-15:00 Every Face of Gugak Gugak concert to appease the curiosity surrounding gugak
    15:30-16:30 Seoul Play, Youth Play A play by Sotdaejaengi Troupe and Eoreumsani Park Hoi-seong
    17:00-18:00 Master’s Stage Ⅰ A performance delivered by the master Ahn Sook-sun with her 99 pupils (pansori)
    18:00-20:30 Thematic Performance Ⅰ
    (Play with Gugak)
    “A performance by Stars on the Gugak Scene”
    Sujecheon by Seoul Metropolitan Traditional Orchestra / Dance performance by three dancers
    Pansori by Kim Jun-su, Yu Taepyeongyang, and Jeong Bo-gwon
    A modern samul nori combined with EDM / Ganggangsullae with regular citizens
    Sept. 15 (Sun.) 08:00-10:00 A Piece of Taste A gugak performance (played by the members of National Gugak Center)
    12:00-13:00 Seoul Map of Songs An introduction to gugak that goes well with 10 stunning spots of Seoul (video, instrumental play)
    13:30-14:30 Thematic Performance Ⅱ
    (Fly with Gugak)
    “Time Travel with Gugak”
    performed by Un Yeo-ju, Chu Hyeon-jong, Mimi Band, Kim Hak-do (narrator)
    15:00-17:00 Leisurely Gugak A performance of haegeum (by Gang Eun-il) and geomungo (Heo Yun-jeong) on the lawn
    17:00-18:00 Master’s Stage Ⅱ A performance delivered by the master Lee Chun-hee and her 99 pupils (folk song)
    Permanent programs
    12:00-18:00
    Gugak Play Zone Booths for gugak clubs and an open stage
    Gugak Experience Zone Learning how to play Korean traditional instruments, such as kkwaenggwari and janggu, and their rhythms; making paper janggu
    Flea Market (handicrafts on sale), Food Trucks, Korean Traditional Instrument Photo Zone

    □ University Gugak Contest
    ○ Period / Venue: September 18 (Wed.) – 21 (Sat.), 2019 / Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater
    ○ Details

    University Gugak Contest
    Date & Time Program Contests & Cast Others
    Sept. 18 (Wed.), 19:30-21:00 The Pulse of Pansori

    Master Yun Jin-cheol (repertoire of pansori), last year’s participating teams

    Free of Charge
    (reservation required)
    Sept. 19 (Thurs.), 19:30-21:00 The Pulse of Sanjo

    Namdo Sinawi, Sanjo Ensemble, Gayageum Sanjo Ensemble

    Sept. 20 (Fri.), 19:30-21:00 University Pansori Contest

    Stage of four representative pansori singers
    (Korea National University of Arts, Hanyang University, Chonbuk National University, etc.)

    Paid
    (KRW 12,000)
    Sept. 21 (Sat.), 14:00-16:00 University Sanjo Contest

    Stage of five representative sanjo players

    Sept. 21 (Sat.), 18:00-20:00 University Singing Contest

    Stage of five representative sanjo players

    □ Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater & Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater

    Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater & Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater
    Venue Date & Time Title Contents & Cast Others
    Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater Sept. 17 (Tues.) – 26 (Thurs.),
    19:30
    Hanok Concert—Women’s Gugak Ju Yun-jeong (geomungo), Ahn Eun-gyeong (piri), Lee Ji-hye (gayageum), Shin Jae-eun (ajaeng) Paid
    Sept. 27 (Fri.),
    12:30-13:30
    Gil Nori in the City An exciting Gil Nori by the Play Troupe Gang Free of charge
    Sept. 26 (Thurs.),
    12:30-13:30
    Sleep Over (vol 1.) Listening to Music While Lying Down Park Jin-A, Park Seon-ju (gayageum), Sine (piri), etc. Free of charge
    Sept. 20 (Fri.) – 29 (Sun.),
    19:30
    Namsangol Night Tour A tour-type gugak program Paid
    Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater Sept. 6 (Fri.) – 9 (Mon.),
    19:30
    Open the Donhwamun Gyeonggi folk song (Kim Se-yun), Ajaeng (Jeong Seon-gyeom), Seodo folk song (Jeong Yun-hyeong), etc. Paid
    Sept. 19 (Thurs.) – 22 (Sun.)
    19:30
    A Taste of Gugak Senior players’ stage, including gayageum in chorus (Park Ae-suk, Lee Yun-gyeong), Geomungo (Yu Yeong-ju), etc. Paid
    Sept. 25 (Wed.) – 29 (Sun.),
    11:00/15:00
    Donhwamun Picnic A tour-type gugak program Paid

    □ Street Gugak Performance in the Main Spots (every week)

    Street Gugak Performance in the Main Spots (every week)
    Date & Time Venue Contents
    Sept. 14 (Sat.), 11:00-18:00 Seoul Plaza Samul nori (Gil Nori parade)
    Sept. 15 (Sun.), 11:00-18:00 Seoul Plaza A collaboration of Samul nori  and B-boying
    Sept. 18 (Wed.), 13:00-15:00

    Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater, Cheonugak Pavillion

    Creative gugak
    Sept. 19 (Thurs.), 13:00-15:00

    Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater, Cheonugak Pavillion

    Pansori, gayageum
    Sept. 20 (Fri.), 13:00-13:40

    Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater, Gugak Garden

    Mask dance, stand-up comedy
    Sept. 21 (Sat.), 13:00-13:40

    Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater, Gugak Garden

    Creative folk songs
    Sept. 22 (Sun.), 13:00-13:40

    Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater, Gugak Garden

    Gayageum in chorus
    Sept. 23 (Mon.), 13:00-13:40

    Around Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater

    Samul nori (Gil Nori parade)
    Sept. 26 (Thurs.), 13:00-15:00

    Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater, Cheonugak Pavillion

    Pansori, gayageum
    Sept. 26 (Thurs.), 16:00-17:00

    Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater, Cheonugak Pavillion

    Fusion gugak played by daegeum, piri, etc.
    Sept. 29 (Sun.), 13:00-13:40

    Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater, Gugak Garden

    Mask dance, stand-up comedy
    1st Seoul Korean Traditional Music Festival
    A Street Gugak Performance on Deoksugung-gil (2019) An Outdoor Performance at Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater (New Year’s Day in 2019)
    An Outdoor Performance at Cheonugak Pavillion of Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater An Outdoor Performance at Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater
    An Outdoor Performance at Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater An Outdoor Performance at Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater (Chuseok in 2018)