Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The London Korean Festival; Advertisement PromotionSouth Korea's Biggest Ever Cultural Day Will Take Place in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 9 August. Experience Live Dance, Food and Much More

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The London Korean Festival; Advertisement PromotionSouth Korea's Biggest Ever Cultural Day Will Take Place in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 9 August. Experience Live Dance, Food and Much More

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Add a K- to everything and you can't go wrong. K-pop, K-fashion, K-food and K-film have long been a part of London life (who hasn't attempted the Gangnam Style dance to Psy's K-pop classic?), and now there's a free day-long festival in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the country responsible - South Korea - and discover more about the country's culture.

Korean food is well loved in the capital, and is one of the tastiest and healthiest cuisines in the world. Foodies are in for a treat with live cooking demonstrations; in the Food Zone, you can sample Korean street food and drinks, as there will be food stalls from London's best Korean restaurants.

When anyone mentions Korean cuisine invariably they talk about kimchi (spicy fermented cabbage). This underpins the health-giving properties of Korean food and is the most important accompaniment to every meal in every household and restaurant across the peninsula. The nation is quite literally crazy about Kimchi and even the country's first astronaut could not enter space without taking this (vacuum packed) tangy cabbage delicacy with her.

Traditionally produced at the end of autumn, not long after the harvest, in a communal tradition called the Gimjang, large quantities of Kimchi were made in preparation for the winter months. This process was designated by Unesco as a form of intangible cultural heritage in 2013. No wonder an exploration of the dish is on the programme at this K-fest.

From food to music, and the fastest growing brand of popular music is Korean pop, or K-Pop. Five piece female super group f(x), the 'Korean Spice Girls' will be performing live. Meanwhile rock fans won't be left disappointed as popular Korean psychedelic rockers Guckkasten are set to get the crowd moving with their energetic live band. Or get down with the Jinjo Crew: Korea's world champion break dancers will have a dance-off with UK group the Soul Mavericks. …

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